Archive for May, 2011

Small Press Publications

Monday, May 16th, 2011

About Aaron McCollough

English Literature Librarian, University of Michigan

It’s fairly redundant to say we are often faced with tough choices in our collections duties, but small press publications present special challenges. New production methods (especially print-on-demand technologies), combined with trade presses’ shrinking interest in literary publications (and their low profitability margins), has led to a small press boom in recent years.

It can be hard for librarians to keep up and hard, too, to sort the wheat from the chaff.

I’ve just come across a nice website that might be of use (at least as part of our selection toolbox). It’s called Hey Small Press!, and it’s designed by Public Library employees for the purpose of getting good small press publication into the stacks. The Public Library focus seems more circumstantial than essential to me, and I plan to use it to help inform my small press buying.

Do you have other recommendations for this kind of selection tool?


LES Meeting Times at ALA Annual – New Orleans

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

MAR = New Orleans Marriott
DOUB = Doubletree
MCC = Morial Convention Center

Friday June 24

~ 9:00-11:00 a.m. Literary Walking Tour with Inez Douglas. (exact time and meeting place TBD). $15/person. Space is limited! Contact Liorah Golomb at to reserve a spot.

Saturday June 25

8:00-10:00 a.m. LES Executive Committee Meeting I — MAR-Regent
1:30-3:30 p.m. General Membership Forum — MAR-Mardi Gras H
4:00-5:30 p.m. New Members Discussion Group— MAR-Mardi Gras H
5:30-7:00 p.m. LES Social Hour — TBA

Sunday June 26

8:00 a.m.-noon Conference Program, co-sponsored with ANSS:  The Aftermath of Katrina and Rita: The Effects on Libraries, People, and Neighborhoods — MCC 356-357
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Reference and Collection Development Discussion Groups — DOUB-Crescent B
1:30-3:30 p.m. MLA Int’l Bibliography Discussion Group*  — MAR-La Galerie 2

Monday June 27

8:00-10:00 a.m. All Committees Meeting — MAR-La Galerie 4
10:30 a.m.-noon LES Executive Committee Meeting II — MAR-Regent

All LES meetings are open to all. The All Committees meeting is when all LES committees meet simultaneously. If you are interested in serving on an LES committee, consider attending to get a sense of what we do.

*Not hosted by LES, but of interest to many members.