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  • Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: The Future of Libraries

    Q: Recently, here in New York, there has been a great deal of public outcry over plans to redo the New York Public Library’s Main Library. As technology changes the world we live in, it certainly seems like we’re seeing the “future of libraries” debate actively play out in discussions about redesigning library space.

  • Check it Out with Nancy Pearl: Books on Education

    In this month’s column, Nancy weighs in on the Common Core

  • Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: Awards Season and Carnegie Longlist

    And the winner is? With the 2nd Annual ALA Carnegie Awards coming up, Nancy is deep in “book award” mode

  • Check it Out with Nancy Pearl: Books on the Balkans

    Q: While many of us were busy preparing to travel to Seattle for ALA Midwinter, I see by your tweets and Facebook posts recently that you’ve been in Bosnia meeting librarians, teachers, and students. Can you tell us more about what you did there?

  • Check it Out with Nancy Pearl: Guidelines for Book Groups

    A reader’s letter sparks a discussion about good books for book groups.

  • Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: ALA Midwinter and Favorite Northwest Books

    The theme of our Midwinter coverage is “Resolutions,” as we get ready to say good-bye to 2012 and embark on a new year.

  • Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: Ideas for Library Catalogues

    What would your dream catalogue look like? And following up on PW’s Best Books of 2012, Nancy offers her list of favorites

  • Check It Out With Nancy Pearl: Lawrence, KS

    How librarians in Kansas are helping their patrons find that next great book.

  • Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: Libraries and Self-Published Books

    Q: From a University of Washington I-School colleague of Nancy’s comes this great topic for discussion: how libraries collect self-published materials. One of the students in that colleague’s class asked: “How do public library selectors who rely primarily on vendor lists and professional pre-publication book reviews find out about the growing number of self-published materials? Is it possible to give the same credence to a book whose content, ideas, or writing style may not have been reviewed except by the author and has not been through the editing and publishing process?”

  • Check It Out With Nancy Pearl: Space Out On This!

    Q: Sadly, there are only a few weeks left in the summer, but they can be good weeks—lots of vacation and beach time to come. So, on the subject of the seasons, a few questions for you. Do you find seasonal marketing works for books—do people read more during winter, for example, or read certain types of “beach read” books in the summer? Can you recommend any strategies for seasonal marketing? And, before summer is out, do you have any recommendations for vacation reading?

  • Check it Out with Nancy Pearl: Nancy talks ALA, the Carnegie Medals, and E-books

    Nancy Pearl shares her American Library Association conference highlights and talks e-books and libraries. Plus, her top ten books set in Montana.

  • Check it Out with Nancy Pearl: Bears!

    Nancy Pearl has some tips for librarians who want to be part of the Nancy Pearl army, helping to get books into readers' hands.

  • ALA 2012: Check it Out with Nancy Pearl

    Librarian Nancy Pearl answers readers' questions about the 2012 American Library Association conference.

  • Check it Out with Nancy Pearl: Finding that Next Good Book

    At the Public Library Association meeting, concluded last week in Philadelphia, Nancy Pearl was doing what she does best—talking about great books and how to connect them with readers. On that score, and based on one of her talks at PLA (and at a recent TED talk) we asked Nancy to share her ideas about putting books and readers together.

  • Check it Out with Nancy Pearl: European Inter-war Fiction

    We started off 2012 with a bang, as the January edition of Check It Out!—which offered some of Nancy’s “New Year’s Resolutions” for the publishing world—generated a lot of feedback, some of which we are delighted to share.

  • Check it Out with Nancy Pearl: New Year's Resolutions 2012

    Resolutions! It’s the first column of the New Year, and we all know that with new years come New Year’s resolutions. If you had a chance to make literary, library, or publishing resolutions for 2012, what would they be?

  • Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: December 2011 - ALA and Digital Downloads

    Q: As we head toward the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, we’ve been thinking a lot about the state of the library profession. We regularly read stories in the press about the future of libraries and their relevance, about the impact of e-books and technological developments, as well as funding struggles and other difficulties. You teach in a library school—can you tell us a little about your students? What draws people to the profession, and despite the problems facing libraries, how do the students you encounter see the future of libraries, as well as their careers?

  • Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: November 2011 - Book Awards

    Last month’s column on the state of traditional book reviews and on “outsider” and self-published books drew some great reactions, a couple we thought we’d share. Plus Nancy talks book awards.

  • Check It Out: with Nancy Pearl: Book Reviewing and More

    The demise of the Washington Post Book World and other traditional stand-alone print book reviews, as well as the loss of space devoted to reviewing books in most American newspapers, indicates a sea change in the way readers will find books to read.

  • Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: September 2011

    We asked Nancy to imagine herself on a rope line, where she would have a minute or so to bend the ear of the president or one of his would-be challengers, before security released her vise-like handshake.

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