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“Innovative Booth for Libraries” at SXSW [Sponsored Content]

While I was in Indianapolis at PLA, Innovative’s Joe Murphy, Director, Library Futures, was in Austin, Texas at the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) conference where emerging technology leaders, start-ups, and media entrepreneurs came together to discuss and even create the latest trends.

The State of America’s Libraries, 2014

On April 13, the American Library Association released its report on the 2014 State of America's Libraries during National Library Week, April 13–19, detailing library trends of the past year. Its findings include:

DCL Ebook Report for April 2014

Here is the DCL Ebook Report for April 2014 from Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries. Click here.

There seem to be two points of interest in this report.

CPL Teen Program Expands and Replicates

Chicago Public Library (CPL) will expand its teen-focused YOUmedia program this summer, offering young patrons increased access to digital technology and workshops on topics such as moviemaking, graphic design, and music recording.

CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon tells American Libraries that the program—already in place at the Harold Washington Library Center and other locations throughout the city—will expand to six new branches. A pop-up version will bring YOUmedia to 12 more neighborhoods, giving teens one- or two-day experiences with the latest technology, he says.

London Book Fair: Day 2

The role of academic libraries is changing as open access publishing moves into the mainstream, speakers said April 9 at the London Book Fair.

London Book Fair 2014

Libraries in the United Kingdom recently launched two pilot programs designed to expand patrons’ access to ebooks and academic research, speakers said April 8 at a London Book Fair seminar on public libraries going digital.

Job Hunting Goes Higher Tech

Queens Central Library recently added a kiosk that potential employees can use to search and apply for jobs—on the spot.

New York City–based app developer Apploi provided the library with a special tablet device kiosk in March 2014 through its Jobs4Five program—an initiative that aims to bring the job searching technology of the internet to those who can least afford it.

ALA Unveils Shortlist for 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association announced on April 7 the six books shortlisted for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The medals are awarded for the best fiction and nonfiction books written for adults in the previous year and published in the United States. 

Tick Tock, Book Boox

A vendor somewhere had to try this approach: metered reading. And now someone has.

Yoav Lorch is the engaging and insightful CEO of an Israeli company called Total Boox. I met with him at PLA in March, and got a guided tour of his product. 

Sony to Kobo to ...?

Back in 2009 I received a Sony ebook reader for Christmas. The PRS-600 (such poetry in the name!) worked, kind of. But it has sat at my bedside untouched for years, replaced by the iPad and a Nexus 7, both of which are considerably easier to use and read.

Ann Arbor Has Spirit

I was pleased to see this March 26 article in CNN Money about the Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library’s partnership with indie record label Ghostly International. In brief, the library will offer Ghostly’s entire digital catalog (and that of associated Spectral Sound), for free, to local library patrons. The songs can be streamed or downloaded, without DRM.

There are five things I like about this effort.

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