“Today, an unimaginable event occurred at an elementary school in Connecticut,” Susan Ballard emailed the afternoon of December 14 to the aaslforum (American Association of School Librarians) discussion list.
Renowned author and media studies scholar Henry Jenkins set the tone for a weekend of dedicated learning at the opening of the 2012 Fall Forum of ALA’s American Association of School Librarians (AASL), held October 12–13. Jenkins characterized school librarians as central figures in the movement to reshape education.
“Does the publishing community understand why librarians would balk at increases on the order of 100% or 200%?” wonders Carrie Russell of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) over at the District Dispatch blog of the Association’s Washington Office.<
Clara Stanton Jones, 99, the first woman as well as the first African American to direct the Detroit Public Library, died September 30. Jones’s 26-year career at DPL culminated in a promotion to the directorship in 1970, where she served until her retirement in 1978.
Last week, I led an ALA delegation to New York City to meet with publishers to discuss the many concerns of the library community about ebook publishing. Uppermost in our minds were the ebook concerns that have come to us from ALA members across the country—especially about pricing and availability (or the lack thereof) and the slow pace of progress in finding solutions.
After a productive and hectic ALA Annual Conference at the end of June, there was certainly a temptation to take the summer off from ebooks and libraries, digital content, and anything resembling same. But really, why lounge on the beach or hike in the mountains when you can debate and write about licensing terms for digital content?
Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the ebook market, the ALA today released “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries” (PDF file) a report that describes general features and attributes of the current ebook environment and outlines constraints and r