Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Today I am 45 years old. Not that old, not that young. In 2 days I will become the parent of a full fledged adult child as my eldest daughter turns 18. That is infinitely more unsettling than a birthday for me.
And since it is my birthday, I have a gift request for every single one of you who reads this blog and includes it as part of your Continuing Education. This gift will cost you nothing and you will gain much.
I am asking you to read something you would normally be "afraid" of. Below I have the Call to Action post I wrote here in 2016 explaining how to do this and why. And I also have this post by a librarian who answered the Call to Action and reported on his experience.
I do have a caveat though. After you read the original post and figure out the genre you are most afraid of, pick a title to read that is NOT by a white, heterosexual male in that genre.
That's it. That is all I am asking you to do. I tell all of you to read in genres you are less comfortable and to read diversely frequently, but I also know that many don't actually follow through. However, today is my birthday so I am going to use it as a chance to get you to do what I want. It's for your own good.
[Eds note re last sentence: see above where I said I am about to lose a child to adulthood, so I am feeling like flexing my parenting demands before I run out of time. Sorry.]
Let's try it this way. Please read the post below, and then if you have further questions or need help finding a title to try, contact me. This request [demand?] comes with assistance. And also, let me know how it went.
Monday, June 29, 2020
This is part of my ongoing series on using Awards Lists as a RA tool. Click here for all posts in the series in reverse chronological order. Click here for the first post which outlines the details how to use awards lists as a RA tool.
the Locus Awards were announced. These are of particular interest to library workers because they cover SF, Fantasy, and Horror. There are also categories for nonfiction, editor, magazine, and publishers, as well as many shorter fiction options to identify great up and coming writers. There are numerous resources embedded within this list of finalists and winners to educate yourself, enhance your collections, and help readers.
Please go here or see below for a list of winners and nominees. These are titles and authors you should be adding to your collections.
Also remember this is a great time to make virtual and physical displays of the authors and editors who were nominated, and not just these specific titles.
Finally, the backlist! Here is the link to the Locus Magazine database to every Speculative fiction award, current and backlist.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Now let's get some good reads into our patrons' hands.