Ebooks in Connecticut on the Move

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a statewide eBook symposium hosted by the Connecticut State Library and held at the University of Hartford.

ALA Examines President Obama’s FY2015 Budget

“Federal Library Funding Cut in Proposed Budget,” ALA Washington Office Director Emily Sheketoff wrote March 4 in the District Dispatch blog.

Here is her statement detailing where libraries stand in the White House budget.

Underfunded School Libraries Fight Back

Advocating for school library services is a year-round necessity that becomes particularly pressing as spring approaches. That’s the season when school-district officials make their budget projections for the upcoming academic year, recently resulting in many school library workers receiving a provisional pink slip, issued just in case administrators need to follow through.

Ukrainian Library Association Releases Statement

On March 4, the Ukrainian Library Association released this statement on the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) website regarding the unrest in the region. The statement, excerpted here, was signed by Ukrainian Library Association Vice President Valentyna Pashkova.

The Price Is Right at Unite for Literacy

How would you like 100 free ebooks for children, ready for immediate MARC upload to your catalog?

Librarians have long known our extraordinary contribution to early literacy. And research from 2010 tells us that one of the most powerful ways to lift children out of poverty through education is strikingly simple: Get 500 books in the home of a child between the ages of 0–5.

Sharing Ebooks on the Razor’s Edge

Academic libraries have a big hairy problem: Over the past decade or so, their budgets have shifted from buying materials to leasing them. Journals are the main budget killers, with some subscriptions—so vital to the scholarly life—costing $30,000 annually per title. Even the wealthiest university libraries can’t buy everything. In truth, they buy less and less.

ALEC on Telecommunications

Here’s the problem: To compete in today’s economy, you have to be wired. And of course, more and more of our library services are digital. But in many communities across the United States, the communication carriers just don’t provide the service citizens seek. Closing the “last mile” is expensive (so the argument goes), despite the fact that many formerly third world countries have established cheap national wireless networks, leapfrogging copper and cable altogether.

Between a Google Glass and a Hard Place

It’s been almost two months. That’s how long I’ve been living in the future this latest time. My Google Glass arrived in December, and I’ve been playing with it in fits and starts since then, in part because winter in Chicago isn’t the best time to fully test it. At least, not this winter, when it’s been so cold that ALA HQ had to close for four days because the temperature—not including the wind chill, mind you—was -20°.

Unglue.It: Books That Want to Be Free

Eric Hellman has the best-named blog ever. He’s also the creator of, “the bookstore for books that want be free.” Part tech lab, part Kickstarter for authors, is one of the most creative responses to the ebook revolution I've seen.


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