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- 2020 Midwinter Preview January 2, 2020Featured Speakers Opening Session Friday, January 24, 4–5:15 p.m. Author and social entrepreneur Wes Moore will open ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. Raised by a single mom in Baltimore and the Bronx, Moore overcame childhood challenges to become a Rhodes Scholar, decorated captain and paratrooper with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, and White House Fellow to […]Sallyann Price
- The Philly Food Scene January 2, 2020Here are the best of the best, from faux-colonial taverns to historic food-hall cornucopias, whiskey bars to funky vegan eateries, and Pennsylvania Dutch smorgasbords to Zahav, named the top restaurant in the country in 2019 by the James Beard Foundation. Conventioneers are doubly fortunate to have the three dozen food stands of 125-year-old Reading Terminal […]Phil Morehart
- 2019 Year in Review January 2, 2020Macmillan Ebook Policy Draws Fire Macmillan Publishers announced a policy preventing libraries from purchasing more than one copy of a new ebook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release. In protest, American Library Association (ALA) launched the #eBooksForAll petition, which by November 27 had garnered more than 216,000 signatures. Said ALA Pr […]Anne Ford
- Uncovering the Past January 2, 2020Caught on old home movies, each image offers an intriguing glimpse of a specific community. But if those movies stay trapped on dusty VHS tapes or forgotten reels of 8-millimeter film, their stories—and those of the populations they belong to—stay hidden. That’s why some libraries in the United States and Canada are offering patrons the … Continue reading Un […]Phil Morehart
- 2020 Midwinter Preview January 2, 2020
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- Jeanine Cummins on her explosive new novel, American DirtThis week, Claire talks to the controversial author Jeanine Cummins, whose thriller American Dirt – opening with a violent crime at a family barbecue and following Lydia and her son on their journey from Mexico to the US – is causing something of a stir.We also celebrate Roger Robinson’s TS Eliot prize success, and look at how trauma has always been an inspi […]Presented by Sian Cain, Richard Lea and Claire Armitstead
- Top 10 political travel booksWorks ranging from Beryl Bainbridge in Milton Keynes to Salman Rushdie in Nicaragua show how politics has driven many writers’ journeysAll travel is political. You can’t set foot outside the house without encountering other people, which inevitably prompts consideration of their lives in comparison to yours.The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell clarifies t […]Edward Platt
- Liz Moore: 'It made a big impression to know early what addiction was'Long Bright River portrays the blight of addiction in Philadelphia and in a troubled family. The novelist explains how her own experience informed its storyLiz Moore took a fragment from Tennyson’s The Lotos-Eaters for the title of her exploration of family, geography and addiction, Long Bright River. The poet’s brother Charles was an opium user. “It’s a str […]Edward Helmore
- Jeanine Cummins on her explosive new novel, American Dirt
- Law in the Age of AIThis past decade has seen the continuing development of digital technologies and the realization of AI and machine learning as practical tools for any number of applications, including law. And yet, the promise and premise of AI are still a bit of a work in progress in law and the legal profession.
- ReadersFirst Shares a Financial Impact Analysis of the Macmillan BoycottReadersFirst (RF) published an article, "Is the Macmillan Boycott Working?" Two library staffers whose libraries are no longer buying Macmillan ebooks "have collaborated on a financial impact analysis of the boycott thus far and asked to publish it with RF."
- EveryLibrary Plans a Rally for Philadelphia School Librarians on Jan. 24EveryLibrary and the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) are hosting the Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians ahead of the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.
- Law in the Age of AI