NEW YORK—November 29, 2012—Deepening its commitment to library issues, Publishers Weekly is pleased to announce the addition of librarian Brian Kenney, former editorial director ofLibrary Journal (LJ), School Library Journal (SLJ) and The Horn Book, as a contributing editor and blogger. In his new role, Kenney will write a monthly column dedicated to exploring the dynamic relationship between publishers and libraries, as well contribute blog posts, commentary and reporting from library conferences.
“Adding Brian to our strong team of contributors will greatly enhance PW’s voice in the library world,” says PW publisher Cevin Bryerman. “We’re delighted to add another vibrant perspective to our library coverage, and dedicated to keeping a robust conversation going between libraries and publishers in the pages ofPW and online.”
Kenney is the director of the White Plains Public Library. In his ten years working with LJ and SLJ, he greatly expanded their reach, launching an array of new publications, including Library By Design, SLJ Teen, Extra Helping and Patron Profiles, as well as initiating a host of in-person and online events. As editorial director of Reed Business Information’s publishing group, Kenney also served as editorial director of Publishers Weekly, from 2009-2010, before Reed Elsevier divested the division.
A longtime book reviewer, Kenney has chaired the ALA’s Notable Books Council and is joining the 2013 committee of ALA’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
Andrew Richard Albanese, senior writer and features editor atPublishers Weekly, says, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brian in the past, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to do so again. He’ll bring valuable, and entertaining, insight to our library coverage, both from his experience as a hands-on, working librarian, and from his years in publishing.”
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