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Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is an important event that is held every year. It raises awareness, and does not let us forget, that censorship is unfortunately alive and well.

Click here to read yearly lists of banned and challenged books (at the bottom of the page). You will be surprised at some of the titles included on the lists.

 

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The shortlist for the 2016 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award has been announced. The prestigious award “recognises a work which provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.”

This year’s shortlist:

What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark

Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business by Rana Foroohar

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War by Robert J. Gordon

The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby

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Here is a strong contender for the best quote of 2016: “We talk a lot about information and the information age, but really what I think people are looking for is wisdom and knowledge.” -David Pescovitz, co-editor at Boing Boing and research director at the Institute for the Future.

Pescovitz, in a recent Business Insider article written by Chris Weller, offers some futuristic views on how libraries are going to change in 50 years’ time. Read the entire article here.

Highlights:

Libraries “are poised to become all-in-one spaces for learning, consuming, sharing, creating, and experiencing — to the extent that enormous banks of data will allow people to ‘check out’ brand-new realities [experiences], whether that’s scaling Mt. Everest or living out an afternoon as a dog.”

“What probably won’t change that much are librarians and the physical spaces they watch over…humans will always need some sort of guide to make a foreign landscape more familiar. Whether humanity turns that job into one for artificial intelligence is another matter.”

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Search Engine Land featured an article in June, written by Wesley Young, entitled The Voice Search Explosion and How It Will Change Local Search. Included are fascinating tidbits of information for those who follow and are interested in the world of search and retrieval. Here are two key takeaways:

  • There is explosive growth – “At LSA [Local Search Association] 16, [Timothy]Tuttle shared that within one year (last year), the use of voice search went from a statistical zero to 10 percent of all search volume…Yet more recent numbers show that growth accelerating — Google announced at I/O that 20 percent of all searches have voice intent, while [Mary] Meeker’s charts show that in May 2016, 25 percent of searches on Windows 10 taskbar are voice searches.”
  • Voice search is different than keywords in a search box – “Because search queries are more conversational in natural language, they tend to be longer, more nuanced and reveal greater intent…It’s also easy to see how queries may no longer be ‘search-oriented’ in the way we define it today but rather jump over search straight into a request for action. For example, instead of searching for pizza restaurants near me, you can now request Alexa (Echo) to order you a Large Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza with mushrooms and extra sauce and have it delivered to your house via the Domino’s Pizza skill.”

Just the beginning? I think yes.

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Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey provides insight into sales and volume data collected for categories that include trade (fiction/non-fiction/religious), K-12 instructional materials, higher education course materials, university presses and professional books. Interesting highlights from the press release include:

The area of largest growth for the trade category was Adult Books. Adult non-fiction books sold the most units and provided the most revenue in the trade category for the second consecutive year. Within the Adult Books category, the fastest growing formats in terms of units sold were downloaded audio (up 45.9%), hardback (up 15.1%) and paperback (up 9.1%).

For trade formats:

Downloaded audio: Revenue for downloaded audio has nearly doubled since 2012. From 2014 to 2015, the growth was substantial: 37.6% in revenue and 41.1% in units.

eBooks: After peaking in 2013 eBook revenue declined in 2014 and again in 2015. Unit sales also declined with eBooks now making up 17.3% of the trade book market.

Paperback books: Paperbacks remain the most popular format in terms of units sold, comprising 40.6% of the market.

Hardback books: Hardback books saw growth in both revenue and units over 2014.

 

The StatShot Annual Executive Report with all corresponding data will be available later this summer. To place an advance order: tjordan@publishers.org.

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What business titles are popular with readers this summer? A glance at various published lists lets us know what is hot this summer.

The New York Times Monthly Business Best Seller List – July 2016

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight

Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Habit: Wht We Do What We Do In Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg

Self-Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way, by Nely Galan

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly

The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World, by Ruchir Sjarma

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms, by Vishen Lakhiani

The Wall Street Journal Hardcover Business – Best-Selling Books, Week Ended July 3, With data from Nielsen BookScan

StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick M. Lencioni

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy, by Jon Gordon

Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey

Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller

Living Forword A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues, by Patrick M. Lencioni

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg is the most borrowed and requested (placed on hold) business related book at public libraries throughout the United States, according to Library Journal, June 2016.

Business Insider has selected their “favorite business memoirs, career guides, and the most exciting research on the future of work,” to read on vacation. The first ten listed are:

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

O Great One!: A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition, by David Novak and Christina Bourg

How to Have a Good Day, by Caroline Webb

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two, by Jim Koch

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success In a Distracted World, by Cal Newport

Ego Is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday

 

 

 

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Mindshift’s Ki Sung reports on an interesting partnership between librarians at the Chicago Public Library (CPL) and Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), which is an online education nonprofit organization. The article starts out with the statistic that about five percent of those enrolled in massive online courses (MOOCs) actually complete the course. Perhaps if online students had access to more support from others also taking the course, there will be greater success with completion rates.

Enter an innovative partnership that offers a Learning Circles program which, with the help of a facilitator, brings together people taking an online course for six to eight weeks. “Learning Circles add a social element to what is otherwise a solitary learning experience.”

As stated in the article, libraries are a perfect fit for Learning Circles because:

  • they already serve the local community
  • they are equipped with meeting spaces
  • many have computer stations
  • librarians know how to help people find answers

In the partnership, librarians, in their facilitator roles, promote discussion and help learners use research tools.

How can something so great not produce positive outcomes? These were mentioned (directly quoted) in the article:

  • CPL’s outreach efforts helped a new population of learners take advantage of MOOCs — 90 percent of those who attended a Learning Circle heard about it through the library and 65 percent of those had never taken an online course before
  • Retention rates were around 45 – 55 percent… [and] students were more compelled to take online courses on their own after the guided experience and continued to do work outside of the learning circles
  • Learning Circles also helped librarians interact with patrons in new ways. They found themselves forming friendships and building community through repeated interactions