American Libraries Magazine

Each digital pin represents a Connecting Youth Learning Lab. Photo by Lindsey Halsell
There is more to connecting youth than text messaging, it was clear in “Connecting Youth: Key Findings from the Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums Projects” program on Friday morning, sponsored by the Urban Libraries Council. Connecting youth is about engaging teens through subjects that interest them.
Posted June 27, 2014 | Comments: 0
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Sun’s out, and the fun’s ’bout (to start)! The 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas is underway this weekend, and attendees and those left behind are flooding the streams!
Posted June 27, 2014 | Comments: 0
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Today’s announcement (PDF file) that Simon & Schuster is making it possible for all public libraries to acquire its ebook content is welcome news.
Posted June 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
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There is good news (PDF file) on the ebook front, as Simon & Schuster converts its pilot on library ebook lending to a national program.
Posted June 26, 2014 | Comments: 1
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Marci Merola, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy, spoke on the importance of school librarians at an open hearing of the Chicago Board of Education June 25.
Posted June 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
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The civic role of libraries must be reconceptualized, said John Palfrey, the June 24 keynote speaker at the Next Library Conference, held at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.
Posted June 24, 2014 | Comments: 0
An exercise in creativity using Lego blocks
“You are in the most American of American cities,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told an estimated 500 library leaders from around the world during the June 23 opening ceremony of the Next Library Conference, held at the Harold Washington Library Center. 
Posted June 23, 2014 | Comments: 0
John McCullough of OCLC, a panelist on the June 12 episode of AL Live, "Going Beyond Google."
The June 12 episode of American Libraries Live tackled the million-dollar question: Why do we need librarians if we have Google?
Posted June 18, 2014 | Comments: 0
Speakers and attendees at the Knowledge Alliance event in Chicago
In May, ALA’s Office for Diversity and Spectrum Scholarship Program partnered with libraries and graduate schools of library and information science in five cities—Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York—to present essential information workshops for people interested in graduate education and careers i
Posted June 17, 2014 | Comments: 0
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Librarians need to take sharp notice of the sudden and disruptive trebling of intellectual content: mainstream (which we’ve always focused on), small and independent publishing (which has ramped up its annual title count by four or five times over as many years), and self-published (now more new annual titles than t
Posted June 10, 2014 | Comments: 0