We don’t need no stinkin’ reviews

The news about Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb squelching Opera News is pretty juicy stuff.  While I can sympathize with the man’s wincing at criticisms of his productions in his magazine, surely he must have known that there’s no way the new policy is going to do any favors for him or the Met. […]

What about BoB?

I missed the fact that SLJ’s annual Battle of the Kids’ Books is underway but it’s only gone three brackets so go catch up. Sy Montgomery just totally wimped out with a coin toss.

The digital divide

SLJ Technology Editor Kathy Ishizuka reports on “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America,” a new study by Common Sense Media revealing an “app gap”: inequities in access to digital devices due to household income. The question of app and ebook accessibility across economic classes came up several times in the Librarians and Digital […]

New Printz blog

Printz

SLJ has started a blog about the Printz, so head on over. I was on the first committee (Monster) when the criteria were still being hammered out; as I whine in the comments over there, it doesn’t look like YALSA has managed to finish them even more than ten years later. I editorialized about the […]

>Where Be There Dragon Ladies?

>Margaret Tice has an article in the new SLJ, querying what the de-funding of supervisory youth services positions might mean for children’s librarianship. If you missed them, take a look at Barbara Bader’s acute portraits of two of the greats from NYPL: Anne Carroll Moore and Augusta Baker. In the latter, BB also has a […]

>My New York Social Diary

>I’ve spent the week in New York, talking with the sisters and brothers at LJ and SLJ. Brian tried to pry the BGHB winners (which will be announced in just over a week) out of me, but like Colonel Klink, I really do know nothing(k). So while we did get a little planning done re […]

>Contest!

>I’m always trying to decide just what kind of sister we are to School Library Journal. Are we like Elizabeth and Jessica? Beezus and Ramona? Louise and Caroline Bradshaw? Or, eep, The Silent Twins? In any event, we are going to be totally copying Li’l Sis this fall as we embark on a companion to […]

>Can we still say Big Kahuna?

>Sounds like Chief Illiniwek in a different headdress to me, but in any case, Richard Peck is as worthy as anyone of the title and he has spoken. Is there a teensy jab in his discussion of the virtues of Keeper or am I reading that in? Gotta watch those smooth talkers.

>BoB Round One

>SLJ’s Battle of the Books kicks off with Francisco X. Stork making the wrong choice. And he kind of wimps out.

>When there’s not an app for that

>And speaking of science, check out this smart SLJ article by Douglas Rushkoff about the perils of raising consumers, rather than creators, of digital delivery systems. While it is true that I’ve never actually used the assembly language I learned in library school (twice, as I flunked it the first time), it was good to […]