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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.

An American in Paris

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of talking about US library ebook lending at the Salon du Livre—the Paris Book Fair.

Will a Straw Poll Save Miami-Dade Public Library?

Voters in Miami-Dade County, Florida, may get a chance this summer to weigh in on whether they are willing to pay higher property taxes in order to fill a $20 million FY2015 deficit that would decimate public library services. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A.

Women Making Library History

During Women’s History Month, it’s become traditional to celebrate the contributions of deceased women to scholarship and society. American Libraries has certainly done its share of articles about historic library figures over the years such as Mary Letitia Jones and Sadie Peterson Delaney (PDF files).

DCWG at PLA

Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library Director Sari Feldman and Multnomah County (Oreg.) Library Director Vailey Oehlke represented ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) at last week’s Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis.

I Came, I Saw, I Was Part of the Scenius at SXSW

In his keynote speech, “Steal Like an Artist,” author Austin Kleon referenced Brian Eno's concept that creative ideas are birthed in a network, an ecology of talent known as a scenius. The scenius runs contrary to the myth of the lone genius. Rather than subscribing to the notion that people are born with creativity in their genes, and that talented individuals should squirrel themselves away, wait for inspiration to strike, and keep their ideas secret, the scenius focuses on the collaborative process and the quality of the connections you make and the conversations you start.

SXSW upon Reflection

It’s been several days since I left Austin and headed to Indianapolis for the 2014 Public Library Association Conference. Though I don’t think I’ll ever be finished reflecting on my time at SXSW Interactive 2014, I do want to take a moment to write a bit more about why being a part of SXSW was personally and professionally rewarding.

PLA: Big Ideas from Three Big Minds

The Big Ideas lecture series at PLA 2014 continued March 14 with short talks by a trio of authors who offered unique perspectives on the upside of failure, the ways in which we outsmart ourselves, and the evolution of communication technologies.

Failure

Megan McArdle, correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast and author of The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, started her humorous talk by telling the audience how she became a writer: She failed her way into it.

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