American Libraries Magazine

An IDEADropHouse gathering at SXSW
Librarians from all over the country have landed in Austin, Texas, for SXSW Interactive, a five-day conference of tech professionals and venture capitalists, startups and entrepreneurs, gamers and makers, and everything in between.
Posted March 10, 2014 | Comments: 0
Cover of Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly
Dear Librarians, Here is the DCL Ebook Report for March 2014 from Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries. Click here. This month I pose the following challenges:
Posted March 6, 2014 | Comments: 1
DCWG Connecticut State Library Ebook Symposium, February 28, 2014, introductory slide
Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a statewide eBook
Posted March 6, 2014 | Comments: 0
Dollars and cents
“Federal Library Funding Cut in Proposed Budget,” ALA Washington Office Director Emily Sheketoff wrote March 4 in the District Dispatch blog.
Posted March 5, 2014 | Comments: 1
The proverbial little red schoolhouse
Advocating for school library services is a year-round necessity that becomes particularly pressing as spring approaches.
Posted March 5, 2014 | Comments: 0
The National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine seen here with the green roof. (Photo via IFLA website)
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.
Posted March 4, 2014 | Comments: 0
Unite for Literacy slogan
How would you like 100 free ebooks for children, ready for immediate MARC upload to your catalog?
Posted March 4, 2014 | Comments: 0
Medieval-style chained library at the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, UK. Photo courtesy of Royal Grammar School
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.
Posted February 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
A Penguin edition of Adam Smith's Invisible Hand
The Connecticut library community has engaged its legislators in the ebook-availability debate.
Posted February 19, 2014 | Comments: 0
ALEC (American Leglislative Exchange Council)
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.
Posted February 7, 2014 | Comments: 0