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Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher-Librarian
March 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

teacher-librarianIt's budget time here, and every municipality in my area is trying to balance the books. One of the more controversial cost-cutting tactics to come to light this week is the Toronto Catholic school board's decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in ALL of its elementary schools. As the Toronto Star write-up explains, teacher-librarians play a significant role in early literacy because, unlike the lesser-paid library technicians, they are both trained librarians and also certified teachers as well. Part of the problem is that teacher-librarians are allocated in the province's funding on a per-child basis, not a per-school basis. The provincial funding formula accounts...

Morning Links: eBooks for libraries. Is Internet Addiction a real thing?
March 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooks for librariesHow to Reach Millennial Readers (Digital Book World) For book publishers, millennials can be a tricky bunch. *** Why We Need Inclusive Lit, Not Just Diverse Lit (Book Riot) A few weeks ago, I attended a small but well-attended author panel featuring Jenny Han, Isabel Quintero, and Jason Reynolds at the Tucson Festival of Books. *** eBooks for Libraries (Joe Konrath) I want to help authors get their ebooks into libraries. *** Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing? (Lifehacker) Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? *** Kindle Daily Deal: 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift (and others)...

Education alliance urges Congress to support dedicated school library funding
March 23, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Congress_large_extra_large.jpgThe American Library Association (ALA) has announced its support for "a coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., ESCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers" which has just sent a letter to the U.S. Congress "to support dedicated school library funding in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides federal funding for national K-12 education programs." The coalition's letter "asks Congress to incorporate the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act in ESEA reauthorization, which would expand federal investment in school libraries in order to offer students the...

Morning Links: Apple making iPads in classrooms easier. More on Little Free libraries
March 9, 2015 | 9:00 am

ipads in classroomsHow My Little Free Library Became Self-Sustaining (Book Riot) The reality of running a Little Free Library is often much less bright and cheery. A lot of the books that get put in aren’t anything anyone would want to take. *** How I Manage my Creative Process on an 11-Inch Macbook Air (GigaOM) I decided to get an Air for myself and hand down my 15-inch MacBook Pro. Wins all around. *** Self-Publishing Lets Women Break Book Industry's Glass Ceiling, Survey Finds (The Guardian) While men still dominate the traditional books world, among DIY writers women are publishing and selling more. *** Apple is Going to Make...

Morning Links: More on VAT. Is our concept of “well read” elitist?
March 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

vatIs Our Concept of 'Well-Read' Elitist? (Book Riot) For quite a while now, I have been thinking about what it means when we say that someone is well-read. *** EU Court Rules eBooks Aren’t eBooks, Orders Tax Rates Increased (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Following a several year long legal battle, the ECJ ruled that France and Luxembourg were wrong to lower the VAT they charged on ebooks. *** Amazon eBooks Once Again Available in U.S. Libraries (GoodeReader) Overdrive has been engulfed in a massive technical issue that made thousands of Kindle e-books unavailable to libraries. *** Mind the (Diversity) Gap in Kid's Digital Media (Teachers with Apps) Amidst the flurry...

Leeds Central Library hosts Hogwarts
February 17, 2015 | 10:25 am

In an event that recalls the grand relocation of Beauxbatons Academy and Durmstrang Institute; at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "Hogwarts comes to Central Library" in Leeds on February 17th, in time for the UK schools half term. "Experience something magical at Central Library this half term," says the announcement. "Join us for a Harry Potter themed afternoon where you will take a trip around this historical building and explore its creepy corridors. Learn to brew potions and play Quidditch with some very special guests." Leeds Central Library, with its Grade II listed building status and late...

National Libraries Day cites decline in UK libraries
February 11, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The UK's National Libraries Day on February 7th passed off with some sad testaments to the protracted collapse of the British library sector, as well as events and statements in favor and defense of libraries from across the country. As children's author Cathy Cassidy says on the National Libraries Day blog, "sadly, many of us no longer have a local library to visit or celebrate. Over 300 libraries have closed in the UK in the last four years; hundreds more have been passed out of council control and into the hands of private ‘partners’ or community volunteers. With promises that the next...

Cheap blind-friendly E Ink Kindles with read-aloud and audio nav capabilities: A how-to for Amazon
February 9, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Shaun Kane at RobotFestI hope that Amazon’s CEO never becomes a blind visionary. But if Jeff Bezos’s eyes should ever go downhill in a serious way---a risk for millions of aging baby boomers---he could still enjoy e-books on inexpensive E Ink Kindles. All he has to do is follow advice from Shaun K. Kane, the Colorado computer scientist in the photo, who has devoted years to accessibility issues. In the case of dedicated e-reading devices from Amazon, that doesn’t just mean the read-aloud which the earlier E Ink Kindles offered before the company yanked the feature away (despite Jeff’s original ballyhoo of text to speech, introduced...

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities
February 2, 2015 | 12:25 pm

ptaAmazonText to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With all the laws on the books, can’t Washington stop this dissing of people with disabilities? In one form or another, the Kindle is so common that it’s become “The Official E-reader of the National PTA.” Yet despite TTS’s potential benefits to millions of Americans, the Federal Communications Commission has just granted the e-reader industry another year’s exemption from the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The...

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:...

Where publishers ought to be behind libraries
January 20, 2015 | 12:25 pm

bookshelves-at-the-libraryAs a recent, rather vexed, letter to the UK Guardian points out, publishers and booksellers facing an apparent decline in appetite for the printed word ought also to be looking to their libraries - and supporting them more. Because it's a no-brainer to conclude that the more libraries are buying books, the more robust and healthy the book trade will be. In the context of a recent article in The Bookseller on apparent declining sales for adult print fiction in the UK, the letter writer, a Ralph Gee of Nottingham, asks: Has the editor of The Bookseller compared the fall of print sales...

Toronto Public Library Buying Used Books?
January 19, 2015 | 1:25 pm

Toronto Public LibraryA controversial story hit my newsfeed this weekend: it seems the Toronto Public Library has launched a new program aimed at reducing wait times for popular best-sellers: they are plumping up the catalogue by buying used copies from library patrons. As the Toronto Star explains: The books it has listed on its “Sell Books to the Library” website page are not books that the public does not want; their authors are not ones who, the great lie of media and festivals, stand to benefit from extra publicity. No, the list is comprised of books so popular that the library is having a...