What are some upcoming trends for the next year?
We anticipate readers checking out:
Engaging stories by and about musicians, composers, and critics: Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl by Rashod Ollison; Ramones at 40 by Martin Popoff; Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan by David Dalton; Words Without Music: A Memoirby Philip Glass; Porcelain: A Memoir by Moby; and Delta Lady: A Memoirby Rita Coolidge and Michael Walker.
Insightful books about the environment and natural world: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren; Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery; The Man Who Built the Sierra Club: A Life of David Brower by Robert Wyss; and A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks, edited by Robert Manning, Rolf Diamant, Nora Mitchell, and David Harmon.
Cogent books that explore histories and issues of race: My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair, translated by Carolin Sommer; How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood by Jim Grimsley; Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.; and Post-Racial or Most-Racial?: Race and Politics in the Obama Era by Michael Tesler.
What book/genre/topic would you like to see cross your transom?
Here’s a wish list: more bilingual picture books; we’re helping children become citizens of the world. More simultaneous releases of Spanish-language translations of anticipated English-language bestsellers (e.g., Harper Lee’s Vey Por Un Centinela [Go Set a Watchman]). More e-books in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Japanese, ranging from genre and literary fiction to graphic works and notable nonfiction works for children, teens, and adults.
What’s unique about libraries in the context of the publishing industry?
Developing collections that support diverse community interests requires a careful study of demographics and book-borrowing habits. You have to keep an eye on content (what books, topics, and writers resonate with readers) and, increasingly, on format (such as e-books and e-audiobooks) in order to meet real-time and anticipated needs. We have found that the audience for e-content continues to grow in the library with the increased adoption of digital devices (including smartphones and tablets); greater availability of e-content to the library marketplace (such as W.W. Norton’s); 24/7 availability of materials; and national initiatives, such as ConnectED Library Challenge and Library Simplified.
How have you worked with self-published authors?
Yes, we offer guidance and support to writers, including self-published authors. Many ask advice on how they can break into the library market, get their books in library collections, set up programs, or develop an audience for their books.
While we don’t offer reviews at the New York Public Library, titles are considered for collections once they have received at least one review from a standard reviewing medium such as School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and other related journals.
Miriam Tuliao is the assistant director of selection at BookOps, the shared technical services organization of the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.