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How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org

How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Today we hear from Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association, on how they're changing libraries.

Young says that it's important for libraries to change with the times, but that one challenge for librarians is making sure patrons are aware of new services. Also, keeping up with high costs. 

Click the media player http://www.marketplace.org/node/147408/player/popout

 to hear Courtney Young in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

Featured in: Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Important to keep patrons up to date with new services!

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Learn “what’s next” for libraries and digital content as part of ALA Virtual Conference

Learn “what’s next” for libraries and digital content as part of ALA Virtual Conference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Publishers Weekly columnist Peter Brantley and ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG) Co-chair Robert Wolven will discuss “New Directions for Libraries and Digital Content” Wednesday, July 24, at 10:45 a.m. 

(CDT) as part of the ALA Virtual Conference. The session builds on and continues the standing-room-only program at the ALA Annual Conference, “ALA, Ebooks and Digital Content: What’s Next.”

The need to make popular ebooks as easily available as print books has made “the Big Six” (now the “Big Five” with the Penguin-Random House merger) a part of the library vernacular. While work continues to make all of the largest publishers’ content available to libraries under equitable terms, there is more activity afoot in the digital content world. Brantley and Wolven will discuss emerging disruptions and opportunities for libraries to bring more and better digital resources of all kinds to library users.

In his recent article “The Unpackaged Ebook: Newspapers, Magazines and Subcompact Publishing,” Brantley challenges librarians to prepare for a future in which ebooks “will be represented as websites; mini-mags that present serial narratives; and as geo-aware encounters that appear in our augment reality glasses as we wander around our cities.” While the “thingness” of a book continues to transition, there also is an opportunity for libraries to create new relationships."

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Libraries' future with regards digital content!

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New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy

New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

January 24th, the American Library Association’s Digital Literacy Task Force, led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy in Washington, released “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy,” a report highlighting support for digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries.

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Digital literacy in school and academic libraries!

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Toughing It Out in a Tight Job Market | By Janice Arenofsky, American Libraries Magazine

Toughing It Out in a Tight Job Market | By Janice Arenofsky, American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
You're all alone—with thousands of other information professionals—pursuing a library job in a down economy. If not for sheer stubbornness and hard-won self-respect, you might consider a career in the fast food industry.
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"David Connolly, who compiles ALA’s JobLIST, a resource for career advice and job search information. The market is back to pre-2008, he said. “We may be treading water, but at least, it’s not getting worse.” In fact, according to Connolly, experienced librarians can anticipate a relatively strong job market because the first wave of baby boomers is retiring from such top-level library positions as director and department head. This trend should peak between 2015 and 2019. “There will be a trickle-down effect favoring promotions,” said Connolly, “although some libraries are not filling entry-level positions due to budgetary problems.”

So the advice for job searchers is compromise—in salary, work environment, and/or geographic location. For instance, consider academic library positions in the Midwest, where there is less competition because of fewer sought-after locations and subject-expert applicants."

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ALA President Maureen Sullivan Sends Open Letter to Publishers Re: Refusal to Sell eBooks To Libraries | LJ INFOdocket

ALA President Maureen Sullivan Sends Open Letter to Publishers Re: Refusal to Sell eBooks To Libraries | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We librarians cannot stand by and do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide. We cannot wait passively while some publishers deny access to our cultural record. We must speak out on behalf of today’s — and tomorrow’s — readers.The library community demands meaningful change and creative solutions that serve libraries and our readers who rightfully expect the same access to e-books as they have to printed books.

"So, which side will you be on? Will you join us in a future of liberating literature for all? Libraries stand with readers, thinkers, writers, dreamers and inventors. Books and knowledge — in all their forms — are essential. Access to them must not be denied."

 

Read the full statement here: http://www.infodocket.com/2012/09/24/ala-president-maureen-sullivan-sends-open-letter-to-publishers-re-refusal-to-sell-ebooks-to-libraries/


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Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #15) - Books / Professional Development - Books for Academic Librarians - Books for Public Librarians - New Products - ALA Store

Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #15) - Books / Professional Development - Books for Academic Librarians - Books for Public Librarians - New Products - ALA Store | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Book by Sarah K. Steiner.

"This practical guide provides a scalable, step-by-step plan for creating and maintaining a successful library social media strategic plan. You’ll find detailed tips and advice on strategizing for social media services in a way that guides employee decision-making, maximizes efficiency, creates positive patron outcomes, protects against legal repercussions, and builds opportunities for flexibility, change, and new social media platform testing. You get all the key elements to build your strategic plan, including how to segment your audience, select a target audience, use focus groups and poll patrons, conduct a SWOT analysis to provide internal strength and support to your plan, and create a mission and vision plan for using social media."

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Nearly 40% of libraries will let you check out an e-reader, as ebook penetration soars

Nearly 40% of libraries will let you check out an e-reader, as ebook penetration soars | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by ALEX WILHELM:

"New data out from the American Library Association (ALA) paints a firm picture of ebooks and their companion devices: that they are utterly now completely mainstream. Libraries, generally considered to be somewhat staid institutions, are offering ebooks for check out in growing numbers, and increasingly, offering up e-readers themselves for loan.

According to a study conducted by the ALA, some 76% of libraries offer ebooks to their patrons, up 9% from the year before. The same study indicates that 39% of libraries lend e-readers as well. Libraries are not the only folk having success with the lending of digital books, Amazon itself reported in April that its Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has greatly driven the sale of backlist titles."

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You belong on atyourlibrary.org this National Library Week / ALA - #nlw6words tag

"Starting today and running through Wednesday, April 11, library users can submit their stories through Twitter using the #nlw6words tag. Stories will then be complied and available for judging through atyourlibrary.org. Six word stories should reflect the 2012 National Library Week theme, You belong @ your library."

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"Library users interested in going more in depth about why they belong at your library are encouraged to submit their stories to You belong @ your library, atyourlibrary.org’s story database. Seeded initially with stories collected from Woman’s Day magazine readers during ALA’s long-time partnership with the publication, library users can submit stories about why the library matters to them and how it has made a difference in their lives. The stories are searchable by state, library type and keyword."

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The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group

The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group which I think may be a good step in the right direction with the encroaching of eBooks, ePublishing, eDistribution, and just about eEverything else.

 

I recieved this on the ALA Council Listserv from Molly Raphael who is the current President of the American Library Association. Let me know what you think of this development and ALA’s role in digital content and information."

 

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ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report | News & Press Center

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.
Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.

 

The full text of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report is available at http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014.

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The importance of libraries highlighted for the community, but the challenges for school libraries are rife!

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Great library programs are energetic, flexible, and always researching and experiementing with innovative effective and efficient ways to meet the information needs of its patrons!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 10, 2014 5:27 PM

Just picked this up from Joyce Valenza. 

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Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun - The Digital Shift

Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Put to a vote among unconference participants, “Creative Spaces” won out as the topic of choice (beating by a wide margin digital relevancy, advocacy, and budgeting).

Attendees shared ideas, with an emphasis on low-cost, practical ways to implement “Maker” activities in the library.  Much of the conversation urged partnering with other organizations, including:

Reddit subcommunities. Local groups have formed around social news site Reddit. Consider hosting an event at your library. Or how about Ikea Hackers? Your local college or university. Don’t have native expertise among your library staff? Consider reaching out to a technical college or student organization to help lead programming.Area crafters. The Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library enlisted the local Etsy community to help launch projects, from making zines to bicycle tire art.Hacker spaces. From robotics and electronics to wood and metal working, these groups are springing up worldwide.
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Maker spaces > some ideas on how to!

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