Gen Con Trade Day offers useful advice for librarians, educators, retailers

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Although Gen Con technically doesn’t commence until tomorrow, today Gen Con held a special industry-and-educators-only event called Gen Con Trade Day. Since I am attending the convention on a press pass, I was also eligible to attend. There were panels available to librarians, educators, and game [...]

Morning Links: Death to passwords? Who the Big Five publishers REALLY are. ALA conference.

By David Rothman
July 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

How to kill the password: Don’t ask for one – Read/Write Web Streamlined blogging platform Medium rolled out a new login process…that throws the trusty old password out the window. Instead, you simply enter an email address or phone number, and a temporary login link lands in [...]

‘Must’ for next librarian of Congress: A love of reading—including the ebook variety

By David Rothman
June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

James Billington, 86, departing January 1 as librarian of Congress, excelled in certain areas such as Russian history. But he was not a librarian by background, and many of the real McCoys hated him. No small number of the library’s techies might have felt the same way. This Reagan-era appointee [...]

American Library Association doesn’t welcome the CODE Act

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has issued its response to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act), designed to reform the dysfunctional U.S. copyright system, and its evaluation is not a very positive one. “For more than 20 years, content [...]

The ALA’s latest list of shame – no, not that kind of shame

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has just released its latest The State of America’s Libraries Report , which as well as much other useful and valuable pro-library information, includes its annual Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. I’d go into considerable detail on this Top [...]

Simon & Schuster, Brian Grazer announce ebook giveaway for libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association has just shared the news from Simon & Schuster “that it will donate a free ebook copy of Brian Grazer’s new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life to libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to 5,000 copies,” [...]

ALA goes 3D in program for Midwinter Meeting

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Simon & Schuster makes Buy It Now optional

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Simon & Schuster has been a conspicuous early mover in ebook lending programs through U.S. library networks. However, it also has tried to lever the initiative by insisting on a “Buy It Now” button for borrowed ebooks, to drive borrowers to actually buy the books they have virtually taken [...]

American Library Association welcomes Macmillan frontlist availability

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Following the news Macmillan Publishers is making its entire digital frontlist available through the company’s library e-lending pilot program, the American Library Association (ALA) has put out a statement welcoming the news. ALA President Courtney Young had this to say: The Macmillan [...]

ALA finds 90 percent of U.S. libraries now lend ebooks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

New data shared by the American Library Association confirms that “90 percent of libraries lend e-books, up from 76 percent in 2012.” The study, ALA’s Digital Inclusion Survey, which “collected data from a nationally representative sample of public libraries at the [...]

Simon & Schuster takes US library ebook lending program nationwide

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association has released a communication supporting Simon & Schuster’s decision to roll out its pilot library ebook lending program, previously covered in TeleRead, nationwide. ALA President Barbara Stripling said: Today represents an important milestone for [...]

ALA comes out in favor of HathiTrust appeals ruling

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has gone on record to declare its support for the recent appeals court victory by HathiTrust versus the Authors Guild for specific fair use by libraries. As already noted in Teleread, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an original ruling in [...]

New ALA Digital Discoveries supplement captures state of U.S. e-libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association (ALA) has just introduced a new supplement to its American Libraries magazine, entitled “Digital Discoveries.” This is designed, according to Alan S. Inouye, guest editor of the digital supplement and director of the American Library Association’s [...]

Obama speech and PTA-Amazon alliance validate LibraryCity’s K-12 priorities

By libertyc
June 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

K-12 led my list of priorities in the 1990s for a well-stocked national digital library system blended in with local schools and libraries. Along the way, I suggested that Washington nudge Silicon Valley to come up with affordable iPad-style devices with high-resolution color screens and [...]

The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2012

By libertyc
April 17, 2013 // 4 Comments

Thanks to Jason Boog at GalleyCat for alerting me to this article from the American Library Association which, among other things, lists the top ten ‘challenged’ (aka ‘banned’) books of 2012. Here they are: • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey • “The [...]

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