ALA launches “Authors for Library E-books” campaign

June 27th, 2013 · Comments Off

CHICAGO —Today, Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the launch of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Bestselling authors Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult are helping kick off the campaign. The […]

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ALA’s Sullivan speaks to AAP – Summary of Remarks

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Summary of Remarks of Maureen Sullivan, President, American Library Association“Libraries & Publishers Strengthening the E-Reading Ecosystem” Meeting at the Association of American Publishers, New York, September 27, 2012   We must build on the long-standing, successful partnership between publishers and libraries. Through our common goal of bringing authors and readers together, publishers and libraries have […]

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An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

September 24th, 2012 · Comments Off

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan September 24, 2012, CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. The open letter states: It’s a rare thing […]

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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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Gale offering free access to six resources for National Library Week

April 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is celebrating National Library Week by offering free access to six highly-praised online resources for use by any library during National Library Week.  Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2010. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting starting on […]

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ALA President Responds to Restrictions on E-book Lending

March 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

Reprinted in full from an ALA email and press release: Dear Members, First and foremost, I want to thank you for your patience. I held back on a public statement on the recent decision by Harper Collins to restrict the lending of e-books until the Equitable Access to Electronic Information Task Force (EQUACC) met last […]

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Have you heard about blio?

January 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Have you heard about blio reader, the free ebook reader from Baker & Taylor?  I got a demo of it last week at the American Library Association conference in Boston.  It’s pretty cool, offering full color and audio for any open system – MAC, PC, iPhone, netbook, etc.  Blio was developed by a gamer – […]

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2010 Dartmouth Medal Winners

January 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

The Dartmouth Medal, honoring a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, is awarded each year by the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.  This year, 3 titles were honored, one as the Dartmouth Medal winner and two for Honorable Mention.  All 3 multivolume titles are available in ebook […]

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Google Books, links to letters, objections/responses

December 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

Here’s a link to the letter sent to the DOJ from the Exec Dir’s of ALA/ACRL/ARL on December 15th, outlining concerns of pricing and the lack of academic representation on the Registry Board. And another link for the NY Law School document outlining the objections and responses in the amended settlement.

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Comments on Google Book Search Settlement Coming to a Head (Again)

September 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

Originally Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009, at 2:40 pm, by Peter Murray.  For best linking results, go to Peter’s original post. Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in […]

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