Follow us on
Connect
More on TechnologyTell: Gadget News | Apple News

Posts tagged ALA

Obama speech and PTA-Amazon alliance validate LibraryCity’s K-12 priorities
June 19, 2013 | 3:30 pm

PTA-AmazonK-12 led my list of priorities in the 1990s for a well-stocked national digital library system blended in with local schools and libraries. Along the way, I suggested that Washington nudge Silicon Valley to come up with affordable iPad-style devices with high-resolution color screens and multimedia capabilities. Originally called TeleRead, this vision has evolved since my 1992 Computerworld article, but a major constant has remained, among others—the need to make it affordable, easy, and enticing for K-12 students and their parents to read books. That must have been on Al Gore’s mind, too, when he called for the digitization of the Library of Congress. Now let’s...

The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2012
April 17, 2013 | 4:40 pm

booksThanks to Jason Boog at GalleyCat for alerting me to this article from the American Library Association which, among other things, lists the top ten 'challenged' (aka 'banned') books of 2012. Here they are: • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey • “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie • “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher • “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James • “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell • “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini • “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz • “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls • “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison By far the most popular listed reason for the...

Scorecard allows libraries to evaluate e-book offerings from publishers
February 1, 2013 | 12:20 pm

American Library Association logoI didn't even realize the Christian Science Monitor had its own literary/books blog. I stumbled upon it yesterday (it's called Chapter & Verse), and like the rest of the paper, it's wonderful. A post that went live two days ago caught my attention; it's about a so-called "Business Model Scorecard" that was recently released by the American Library Association, and it "asks library staff members to rate e-book offerings from publishers on factors like availability," according to the article. From the post: "The scorecards grade criteria from one to five and include 15 questions. Questions range from the price publishers are charging libraries for...

Survey: Library Borrowers Buy Books Too!
November 15, 2012 | 12:39 pm

Multiple sources are reporting today on this newly released survey (PDF) on the buying habits of library e-book borrowers. The survey questioned over 75,000 e-book borrowers, and found that more than half of them buy books, too. It also found that dedicated reading devices still account for a significant chunk of the market. (The survey was sponsored by OverDrive, with the ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy.) I am delighted to see these survey results confirm what I have known to be true from my own habits. Book reading is not a zero-sum game with a final 'winner' (and corresponding losers) in terms...

A Big Six publisher officially grants ownership of its e-books to libraries
October 18, 2012 | 9:18 pm

Hear that? That's the collective sound of a thousand publishing industry jaws hitting the floor. In a Library Journal item posted today, reporter Michael Kelley writes that Random House—one of the so-called Big Six publishers, don't forget—has made a rather stunning proclamation in regards to their sales of e-books to libraries. The following quotes are the words of Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, who participated in two recent interviews with Kelly: "When libraries buy their RH, Inc. ebooks from authorized library wholesalers," says  Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, "it is...

Banned Books Week celebrates 30 years of defiant reading
September 26, 2012 | 10:47 pm

If you've never read a book specifically in celebration of Banned Books Week, you might want to consider rectifying that situation this Sunday, September 30, when the 30th anniversary of the proud literary tradition officially kicks off. I can still remember (more or less) when I first learned about Banned Books Week: I was probably 11 or 12—Isaac Asimov and the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature were my big obsessions at the time. A Banned Books Week poster was hanging on the wall outside my elementary school's library, and next to it was a glass case with shelves inside, and stacked on the...

ALA’s gripes to publishers dance around the e-library world’s Problem #1—not enough money for e-books
September 25, 2012 | 6:48 am

imageI’m still borrowing e-books from public libraries. I loved the digital edition of the late Louis Auchincloss’s memoirs that popped up when I was browsing the electronic stacks of a library system near me here in Northern Virginia. Public libraries at their best can be Serendipity Central. But I rely much less these days on library books than before. Too often, some major e-books are AWOL from library collections or, as documented earlier this year by the Washington Post, have long waiting lists. So I turn to Amazon, the public domain or Creative Commons titles instead. Have I lost my enthusiasm for a well-stocked national digital library system, or, to...

ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group Releases DRM “Tip Sheet”
July 11, 2012 | 8:32 am

Infodocket ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working has just released a ‘tip sheet’ that ALA says, ‘provides background on digital rights management—systems producers, publishers and vendors use to control what users can do with electronic files, such as e-books, DVD films, and other media.’ Direct to New Tip Sheet (PDF) The tip sheet was written for both librarians, library users, and other interested parties. Learn More from ALA’s e-Content Blog and ALA’s District Dispatch. (Via LJ INFOdocket.)...

ALA OITP releases backgrounder document on eBooks and libraries, by Sue Polanka
July 9, 2012 | 9:49 am

Sue reprinted from the District Dispatch: As part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s work with the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, several member leaders have requested we develop and distribute communications resources that will support local libraries around digital content issues. Today OITP released the first of these documents, a backgrounder (pdf) that shares some highlights from the newest Pew Research Center report on ‘Libraries, Patrons, and E-books,’ along with some possible messaging and local angles for leveraging this new research with local media and decision makers. Among the report’s key findings referenced in the backgrounder: 12% of e-book readers have borrowed...

ALA Program Summary: E-Elephant in the Room, by Sue Polanka
July 6, 2012 | 2:48 am

Nsr2 On Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the ALA conference, several hundred librarians gathered for an interesting discussion on eBook collection development practices.  This ALA Program was a panel discussion featuing eBook collection development practices from both academic and public libraries.  It was organized by Serin Anderson and Christopher Platt. Heather McCormack from Library Journal moderated the discussion.  A summary of the program and presenter contents is below. The slides from all 4 panelists are available here: eBook elephant 06232012.  Library Journal and ALA both had summary articles of the program as well. Sue Polanka – Wright State University Libraries Sue discussed collecting...

Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley talks to librarians at ALA
June 28, 2012 | 9:42 am

Images  1 From The Digital Shift. The full article is well worth reading: The Internet Archive’s Peter Brantley made a cogent and precise presentation at the American Library Association conference this week that urged the librarian community to do a better job of shaping the multitude of conversations that ultimately affect how and what libraries can do with digital content. Brantley, the director of the Bookserver Project at IA, said librarians, rather than just saying yes or no to various business models put forth by the Big Six publishers, need to be much more active. “I think it is really, really, really important for us...

Ebook talks continue; ALA meets with distributors
March 21, 2012 | 8:50 am

Infodocket From American Libraries: ALA President Molly Raphael prepared this summary of the meetings of members of the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group with ebook distributors at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, as well as a panel she moderated at the Association of American Publishers meeting: At last week’s Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Philadelphia, March 13–17, ALA pushed ahead with its goal of enabling library access to ebooks to everyone in America’s communities. Sari Feldman, co-chair of ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (and executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio), addressed the...