Critical Linking: March 27th, 2014

 

Amy Poehler will take part in this year’s World Book Night as the event’s honorary chairperson. The Parks and Recreation star will join a coalition of publishers, bookseller, librarians and 25,000 volunteers to give away 500,000 books on April 23.

Didn’t think she could be any cooler. I was wrong.

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Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestseller lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Austria and Brazil. 

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever looked at international bestseller lists. And the one that looks most like an American bestseller list surprised me.

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Did an elephant really swim from Brooklyn to Staten Island?

That was one of the 3.5 million often funny and poignant questions visitors to 60 Brooklyn Public Library branches had for 100 research librarians in 2013, records show.

Total question volume up 10% since 2009. (Also, the answer is no).

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We must fundamentally change how we view libraries and move from a historical idea of libraries as merely physical repositories to seeing them as an opportunity for proactive community engagement.

Yes. This.

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