Free IFLA/ALA webinar “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models, and recommendations”

January 10th, 2014 · Comments Off

For the third consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a […]

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ALA’s 3rd supplement on ebooks and digital content now available

May 24th, 2013 · Comments Off

The third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest […]

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Tags: Advocacy Groups · Articles of Interest · Conferences/Events · Library News · Licenses/Licensing Issues · Public Libraries

ALA’s Ebook Platforms for Libraries – What it’s about and what it’s for

May 8th, 2013 · Comments Off

Last Friday, ALA released it’s latest Library Technology Report (LTR)  entitled, “Ebook Platforms for Libraries.”  Mirela Roncevic, a No Shelf Required contributor, wrote and compiled the LTR.  Mirela posted on her personal blog about the report including background information about what the report contains, what it’s for, and how it can be used by librarians.  […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Interfaces/Platforms · Reviews

Articles of Interest: Penguin, OverDrive, and libraries

February 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments

It’s been coming for months.  Today Penguin announced it has ended its relationship with OverDrive.  Starting tomorrow, it will no longer sell e-books and audiobooks to OverDrive for library lending.  Interestingly, ALA and Big Six publishers met last week to discuss library e-book lending.  In an article in, Laura Hazard Owen points out ALA’s […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Audio Books · Big Six · Business Models/Pricing · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Public Libraries · Publishing · Vendor News

ALA President and delegation meet with publishers

February 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

Yesterday, ALA released a press release summarizing the meetings between ALA President Molly Raphael, an ALA delegation and representatives from publishers Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Perseus.  It’s a great summary of the meeting.  The discussions show promise!  Here is the text, copied in full from the ALA press release: American Library […]

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Tags: Big Six · Conferences/Events · Library News · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries

2012 Dartmouth Medal Winners

January 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

This is always one of my favorite events at the ALAMW conference, the RUSA awards.  Of particular interest to me as a reference librarian is the Dartmouth Medal for the most outstanding reference work of the year.  While the winners this year were truly deserving, I found myself sentimental over the lifetime achievement award for […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Library News · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · School Libraries · Vendor News

ALA launches new E-content blog

October 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Yesterday ALA announced a new blog on E-content, to be administered by Christopher Harris.  Here is more information from the press release: Keeping up with the many varieties of digital content—and how libraries can offer them to their patrons—just got easier. American Libraries has launched an “E-Content” blog ( that provides information on e-books, e-readers, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Advocacy Groups · Library News · New Products · Public Libraries · School Libraries

67% of public libraries offer e-books, up 12% – ALA Study

June 21st, 2011 · Comments Off

ALA’s 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study was released today.  According to the press release:  “more than two-thirds (67 percent) of libraries offer access to e-books, up 12 percent from two years ago.”  These numbers fall right in line with the recent Library Journal & School Library Journal e-book survey.  They reported that 72% of […]

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Tags: Library News · Public Libraries · Surveys/Statistics

ALA TechSource webinar series – Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

June 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

ALA TechSource has just opened registration for the upcoming webinar series on e-books and e-readers.  I hope you can join us. Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library with Sue Polanka Two 90-minute sessions Thursdays 8/4/11 and 8/11/11 2:30 – 4:00 PM EDT | 1:30 – 3:00 PM CDT 12:30 – 2:00 PM MDT | […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Patron Driven Acquisition · Preservation · Public Libraries · School Libraries

Print alive and well at the Buenos Aires Book Fair

April 19th, 2011 · Comments Off

Today I had my first glimpse of the Buenos Aires Book Fair (Feria del Libro).  I’ve never attended a book fair, so it was very exciting to see the rows and rows of publishers and other information providers with their booths and offerings.  It is similar to an ALA conference exhibit, but the focus here is […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Publishing