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LAUSD Doubts that Seasoned Teacher-Librarians Can Teach

DCL Ebook Report for April 2014

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.

An American in Paris

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of talking about US library ebook lending at the Salon du Livre—the Paris Book Fair.

Will a Straw Poll Save Miami-Dade Public Library?

Voters in Miami-Dade County, Florida, may get a chance this summer to weigh in on whether they are willing to pay higher property taxes in order to fill a $20 million FY2015 deficit that would decimate public library services. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A.

DCWG at PLA

Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library Director Sari Feldman and Multnomah County (Oreg.) Library Director Vailey Oehlke represented ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) at last week’s Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis.

I Came, I Saw, I Was Part of the Scenius at SXSW

In his keynote speech, “Steal Like an Artist,” author Austin Kleon referenced Brian Eno's concept that creative ideas are birthed in a network, an ecology of talent known as a scenius. The scenius runs contrary to the myth of the lone genius. Rather than subscribing to the notion that people are born with creativity in their genes, and that talented individuals should squirrel themselves away, wait for inspiration to strike, and keep their ideas secret, the scenius focuses on the collaborative process and the quality of the connections you make and the conversations you start.

Pew Charts the Motivations of Library Lovers and Distant Admirers

In a new report issued March 13, the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has explored the motivations behind the relationships that American adults have with their public libraries. “Rather than describe the basic library usage of various groups, as we’ve done in the past,” Kathryn Zickuhr, the report, titled “From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers—and Beyond,” examines what traits go along with different levels of engagement with libraries and the library habits and views people have in common.

DCL Ebook Report for March 2014

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:

Ebooks in Connecticut on the Move

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a statewide eBook symposium hosted by the Connecticut State Library and held at the University of Hartford.

Underfunded School Libraries Fight Back

Advocating for school library services is a year-round necessity that becomes particularly pressing as spring approaches. That’s the season when school-district officials make their budget projections for the upcoming academic year, recently resulting in many school library workers receiving a provisional pink slip, issued just in case administrators need to follow through.

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