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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
Taylor Swift reading Lois Lowry's 1994 Newbery Medal-winning YA novel, The Giver, in a new ALA Graphics Celebrity READ poster.
Seven-time Grammy winner and Billboard Artist of the Year Taylor Swift can now add ALA Celebrity READ Poster to her list of accomplishments.
Posted June 6, 2014 | Comments: 0
Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks
Filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks produced a short film that looks at how library branches in New York City have evolved into community centers that offer an array of services and programs despite budget cuts.
Posted June 6, 2014 | Comments: 0