Last week I led an ALA delegation to New York to meet with a number of key players in the publishing ecosystem. Overall, I left town feeling a bit more optimistic, although I recognize that libraries are in the midst of a digital revolution that we will be navigating for years to come.
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“We are pleased Simon & Schuster has recognized the vital roles of libraries in supporting reading in all its formats by announcing a library e-lending pilot in New York City,” ALA President Maureen Sullivan said today in response to the publishing house’s announcement.
The last holdout from the major trade publishers, Simon & Schuster, this morning announced the start of an ebook pilot (PDF file) with New York City public libraries.
The kerfuffle spread quite fast across tech and library blogs; Apple was censoring a comic because of some minor sexual content.
On Day Two of the “Imagine. Create. Innovate.” conference, Jim Loter, director of information technology at Seattle Public Library, discussed his library’s digital content strategy and the ReadersFirst movement.
I’m writing this from the Monroe County (N.Y.) Library System’s Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, which is hosting “Imagine. Create. Innovate.” The technology conference is focusing on future issues like the library as publisher and ebook adoption.
Library patrons lined up for personalized poems, created by six local poets at the Deerfield (Ill.) Public Library’s “Poems While You Wait” event in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.
Author Caroline Kennedy spoke to a packed audience April 5 at Highland Park (Ill.) Public Library about her family’s love for reciting and collecting poetry.
Central to the purpose of ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) is communication.
ALA Immediate Past President Molly Raphael had the opportunity to visit China last fall to speak to the library community there about some of the struggles that many American libraries face as they try to provide ebooks and digital content to the public.