CHICAGO — Nominations for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual Teens’ Top Ten are now available at www.ala.org/teenstopten. YALSA encourages teens to read the 24 nominees before the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place in August and September at www.ala.org/teenstopten. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, Oct. 14-20.
We all have our frustrations with ebooks. The problem isn’t just one of print vs electronic or Luddite vs early adopter. Even as I happily consume Kindle books on my iPad and the new Project Muse collection for work, I find that ebooks simply don’t do the things I want them to do... Here’s what I’d like to see.
For librarians who value equitable access to information for all, accessibility for people with disabilities should be second nature. We should automatically think about accessibility when buying resources for our library communities, including e-readers. But for the most part, we don’t. Primarily our problem is a lack of awareness.
Nearly 60 percent of readers browsed public library ebook collections to discover new content, rather than searching for a specific title. Among those, romance was the most popular genre, followed by all fiction, mystery and suspense, historical fiction, and science fiction and fantasy.
While Mannisto is not promoting a Luddite mentality, she is advocating that people make healthier choices about the way they absorb information. “In a hyperconnected culture, our information diet is as important to our well-being as the food we eat,” she writes. In that regard, librarians can guide patrons towards better practices to help push back and think about the content they’ve digested.
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce the winners of the "You Belong @ Your School Library" Student Video Contest. The contest solicited videos illustrating why the school library is (either physically or virtually) the place to be.
The traditional notion of libraries continues to thrive in the age of Google and Facebook, but libraries are also transforming lives by providing patrons with the tools needed to compete and thrive in a 21st century marketplace. The public still has no-fee access to all types of information, with traditional services enhanced by technology. That’s enhanced - not replaced. Libraries have always embraced new forms and formats such as videos, DVD’s, audio formats, and now downloadable resources.
As soon as the Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it was suing five major publishers and Apple on price-fixing charges, and simultaneously settling with three of them, Amazon announced plans to push down prices on e-books.
The Queens Library on Thursday will become the first public library system in New York to lend e-readers, a shift that underscores how libraries are adapting to help patrons keep up with technology. Each will be preloaded with 25 e-books in one of five genres: children's literature, teen books, mystery, romance, and best sellers. Fifty works of classic literature also will be loaded onto each device.
"It's what libraries do," said library President Thomas Galante. "They loan people things to access information."
Author J.K. Rowling revealed on her websitethat she has begun working on a Harry Potter encyclopedia. She wrote: “For a long time I have been promising an encyclopaedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this – some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity.”
Google has been placing more and more crap around search results, which is very annoying, but it turns out this crapification may work out quite well for the giant internet company. That's reportedly because people can't really tell anymore what's a Google advertisement and what's a Google search result, turning the simple act of internet searching into a confusing profitable mess.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced at a press conference that Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have agreed to a proposed settlement.“If approved by the court, this settlement would resolve the Department’s antitrust concerns with these companies, and would require them to grant retailers – such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble – the freedom to reduce the prices of their e-book titles."
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