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ALA awards Lemony Snicket Prize to Ferguson public librarian
March 26, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The American Library Association has announced the award of the the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity to Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library in Missouri. The award, co-founded by Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket books, and "co-administered by ALA’s Governance Office and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, annually recognizes and honors a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact." Bonner was honored for his work in keeping the Ferguson Public Library open in August 2014 during the riots and other unrest which followed the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike...

ALA goes 3D in program for Midwinter Meeting
January 23, 2015 | 10:25 am

ALA Chicago 2015 The American Library Association has listed 3D printing among the agenda topics at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, to be held at the McCormick Convention Center in the ALA home base of Chicago, on January 3oth-February 3rd. Other topics include ebook policy, library funding options, national library public policy, and the  implica­tions of the November mid-term Congressional elections for American libraries. The 3D printing session of the Midwinter meeting, “Library 3D Printing—Unlocking the Opportunities, Understanding the Challenges," will cover the technological developments in 3D printing which "are empowering people to learn new skills, launch business ventures and solve complex health problems," and deal with the question:...

Simon & Schuster makes Buy It Now optional
November 24, 2014 | 12:25 pm

simon & schusterSimon & Schuster has been a conspicuous early mover in ebook lending programs through U.S. library networks. However, it also has tried to lever the initiative by insisting on a “Buy It Now” button for borrowed ebooks, to drive borrowers to actually buy the books they have virtually taken out. Apparently, that has deterred some libraries from coming on board with S&S, and the publisher has now taken the decision to make Buy It Now opt-in rather than mandatory. According to the S&S press release, "effective immediately, ebooks from its catalog would be made available to libraries nationwide irrespective of whether or not the...

ALA welcomes Adobe action, voices concern over ebook vendor data retention
October 28, 2014 | 12:25 pm

AmericanLibraryAssociationThe American Library Association (ALA) has just issued a statement welcoming Adobe's software update fix for its much-publicized ebook reader data leak from Adobe Digital Editions, but also took the occasion to warn of the problems and risks created by continuing data retention by most ebook platform operators, publishers, and retailers. Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke, co-chairs of  the ALA Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), said: Librarians have long been guardians of and advocates for reader privacy. The plain text transmission of reader data by Adobe Digital Editions over the internet was clearly a privacy violation for all users of the ADE...

God Bless America as books beat burgers
September 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

booksThose snide European putdowns about America as a nation of cultureless junk-munchers might have to be retired, if an infographic from H&R Block is anything to go by. Although not the most likely source for such a study, H&R Block is credited with this wonderful library information digest which shows, among other facts, that there are 16,766 public libraries in the U.S., and only 14,157 McDonald's. Also, every America taxpayer contributes $31 per year on average for library services. With figures like that, I won't worry too much about the revelation that "every year, Americans spend three times as much...

American Library Association welcomes Macmillan frontlist availability
July 31, 2014 | 4:19 pm

AmericanLibraryAssociationFollowing the news Macmillan Publishers is making its entire digital frontlist available through the company's library e-lending pilot program, the American Library Association (ALA) has put out a statement welcoming the news. ALA President Courtney Young had this to say: The Macmillan expansion of its library ebook program represents another important development for improving the ability of libraries to serve America’s communities. One of the most fundamental relationships and roles of libraries is to connect authors and readers. Library lending encourages experimentation, enabling people to sample new authors, topics, and genres, and stimulates the market for books. Thus libraries are a critical de...

ALA finds 90 percent of U.S. libraries now lend ebooks
July 25, 2014 | 4:25 pm

New data shared by the American Library Association confirms that "90 percent of libraries lend e-books, up from 76 percent in 2012." The study, ALA's Digital Inclusion Survey, which "collected data from a nationally representative sample of public libraries at the branch/outlet level between September 3 and November 30, 2013" and "received 3,392 responses, for a 70.1 percent response rate," also found that "98 percent of libraries provide free public access to Wi-Fi, up from 89 percent in 2012," and "98 percent provide technology training, ranging from internet safety and privacy to coding to using social media." Although focused primarily on...

Simon & Schuster takes US library ebook lending program nationwide
June 27, 2014 | 12:27 pm

simon.jpgThe American Library Association has released a communication supporting Simon & Schuster's decision to roll out its pilot library ebook lending program, previously covered in TeleRead, nationwide. ALA President Barbara Stripling said: Today represents an important milestone for improving the ability of libraries to serve the public in the digital age. America’s libraries are the quintessential institution in connecting authors and readers. We have always known that library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books—with the library serving as a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors...

ALA comes out in favor of HathiTrust appeals ruling
June 18, 2014 | 12:25 pm

hathi.jpgThe American Library Association (ALA) has gone on record to declare its support for the recent appeals court victory by HathiTrust versus the Authors Guild for specific fair use by libraries. As already noted in Teleread, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an original ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, deciding that it is is fair use to provide a full text search database and access to works for those with print-reading disabilities . This shouldn't come as a surprise, since the whole case revolved around fair use by libraries in the first place, but it's good to see...

New ALA Digital Discoveries supplement captures state of U.S. e-libraries
May 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Digital DiscoveriesThe American Library Association (ALA) has just introduced a new supplement to its American Libraries magazine, entitled "Digital Discoveries." This is designed, according to Alan S. Inouye, guest editor of the digital supplement and director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), to help librarians cope with the "many formidable challenges and exciting opportunities for libraries within the digital content realm in the coming years." According to ALA's materials, the supplement, offered on the Zinio platform, has been developed by ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), and " examines the ways that public and school libraries...

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...