On April 13, the American Library Association released its report on the 2014 State of America's Libraries during National Library Week, April 13–19, detailing library trends of the past year.
American Libraries Magazine
Here is the DCL Ebook Report for April 2014 from Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries. Click here. There seem to be two points of interest in this report.
Chicago Public Library (CPL) will expand its teen-focused YOUmedia program this summer, offering young patrons increased access to digital technology and workshops on topics such as moviemaking, graphic design, and music recording.
The role of academic libraries is changing as open access publishing moves into the mainstream, speakers said April 9 at the London Book Fair.
Libraries in the United Kingdom recently launched two pilot programs designed to expand patrons’ access to ebooks and academic research, speakers said April 8 at a London Book Fair seminar on
Queens Central Library recently added a kiosk that potential employees can use to search and apply for jobs—on the spot.
The American Library Association announced on April 7 the six books shortlisted for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The medals are awarded for the best fiction and nonfiction books written for adults in the previous year and published in the United States.
A vendor somewhere had to try this approach: metered reading. And now someone has. Yoav Lorch is the engaging and insightful CEO of an Israeli company called Total Boox. I met with him at PLA in March, and got a guided tour of his product.
Back in 2009 I received a Sony ebook reader for Christmas. The PRS-600 (such poetry in the name!) worked, kind of. But it has sat at my bedside untouched for years, replaced by the iPad and a Nexus 7, both of which are considerably easier to use and read.
I was pleased to see this March 26 article in CNN Money about the Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library’s partnership with indie record label Ghostly International.