Category Archives: Events/Conferences

Spain will be the Guest of Honor at 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurter Buchmesse and Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, in the presence of the Spanish Publishers Association, have signed a joint memorandum of understanding to prepare for Spain’s participation as Guest of Honour at the Frankurter Buchmesse (20-24 October 2021). This means Spain will be Guest of Honour in Frankfurt exactly 30 years since it was last present in this role. Spain’s most widely read and important contemporary authors include Fernando Aramburu, Dolores Redondo, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Javier Marías, Almudena Grandes and Arturo Pérez-Reverte. Some 500 million people speak Spanish, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

The partners describe Spain’s appearance as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse as an excellent opportunity to showcase the developments and trends in Spanish culture in recent decades and to present Spanish literature and authors to an international audience. Another goal of Spain’s participation is to create an international network for the Spanish creative and cultural industries. Continue reading Spain will be the Guest of Honor at 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Cultural, economical, political

According to a press release NSR received from the 2017 Frankfurter Buchmesse, the world’s largest Book Fair ended yesterday with some positive numbers:

  • 286,425 visitors from over 150 countries
  • 3 percent increase in attendance over 2016
  • 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries
  • a total of 4,000 events  over the course of six days
  • 500 tables sold at the Literary Agents and Scouts Centre (LitAg), a new record
  • 6.5 percent more visitors over the weekend (when the Fair is open to the public)

More from the press release summing up this year’s Fair:

The opening of the Frankfurter Buchmesse by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sent a strong signal highlighting a Europe of culture. Various other politicians attended the fair, including French Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen, German Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters, German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles, German SPD Party Leader Martin Schulz, and Gregor Gysi, President of the European Left. The fair was overshadowed by confrontations between left- and right-wing groups. Continue reading Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Cultural, economical, political

Georgia, one of the world’s oldest nations, will be the Guest of Honor at 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurter Buchmesse has announced next year’s Guest of Honor at the Fair: Georgia. The 2017 Guest of Honor is France.

Georgia, one of the world’s oldest nations, will be the Guest of Honor at next year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse (10–14 October 2018). In keeping with the motto “Georgia – Made by Characters”, the Guest of Honor’s time at the fair will focus not only on Georgian literature and language and on new titles in German by Georgian authors, but also on the script itself, the Georgian alphabet, which was added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2016.

Created using 33 artfully curved characters whose history goes back to the 4th century, stories will be told in 2018 about the country with the long literary tradition that is located on the border between Asia and Europe – stories about Georgia’s people, culture, cuisine and many other unique features.

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Press conference has been set for Thursday, 12 October 2017, at 11.00 am at Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, Level C.3, Room Illusion 2, Messe Frankfurt, Fairgrounds, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1,60327 Frankfurt am Main.

Speakers will include:
• Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse
• Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection, Republic of Georgia
• Medea Metreveli, Director of the Georgian National Book Center
• Nino Haratischwili, Author

Save the Date:
The Georgian-British musician Katie Melua will be present during the ceremony when France, this year’s Guest of Honour, hands over the “GuestScroll” to the 2018 Guest of Honour, Georgia, closing the Book Fair. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, 15 October 2017 (3.30 to 4.30 pm, Forum, Level 1).

NSR is pleased to announce the upcoming “Understanding Ebooks” Workshop, in partnership with ALA

Understanding Ebooks: The Challenges and the Possibilities

A 90-minute workshop

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m. Pacific

The popularity of e-books exploded with the emergence of tablets and e-readers like the Kindle and has risen steadily ever since. For librarians, this growth has meant the development of a new area of service and content delivery. For the librarian who is new to e-books and e-readers, this can be intimidating. Where do you start? How can you learn what you need to know to provide the services that your patrons expect?

In this new workshop, Mirela Roncevic, director of No Shelf Required, a well-known site on e-books and e-content in libraries and beyond, will help you get started. Roncevic will cover e-books from every angle, giving a practical overview of the e-book landscape that’s easy to follow no matter your experience working with e-books or e-book vendors. Continue reading NSR is pleased to announce the upcoming “Understanding Ebooks” Workshop, in partnership with ALA

Program for DPLAfest 2017, to be held in Chicago April 20-21, now available

 DPLA 2017

DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. The event will bring together librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, educators, and many others to celebrate DPLA and its community of creative professionals.

DPLA has just released the schedule, including a very extensive listing of the speakers.

From a DPLA press release:

We received an excellent array of submissions in response to this year’s call for proposals and are excited to officially unveil the dynamic program that we have lined up for you. Look for opportunities to engage with topics such as social justice and digital collections; public engagement; library technology and interoperability; metadata best practices; ebooks; and using digital collections in education and curation projects.

DPLAfest 2017 presenters represent institutions across the country—and as far as Europe—but also include folks from some of our host city’s premier cultural and educational institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum and Chicago State University. We are also grateful for the support and collaboration of DPLAfest hosting partners  Chicago Public Library, the Black Metropolis Research ConsortiumChicago Collections, and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).

Info on who is speaking on Indie Author Day (and reminder there is still time for libraries to sign up)


Since the announcement of the Indie Author Day (set for October 8th), 260 (and counting) libraries have signed up to participate. The event is designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries to participate in panels, book readings and signings, workshops, and presentations. Then, at 2 p.m. EST everyone is invited to join a virtual panel featuring the following experts:


Jon Fine, a First Amendment attorney, is best known in the publishing industry as the longtime Director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon. He left that position at the beginning of 2015 after almost a decade with the company, and now is consulting in professional online and traditional media and e-commerce, both in legal and business affairs.]


Robin Cutler began her career in publishing over 30 years ago and is currently the Director of IngramSpark. She has also served as Assistant Director at USC Press and Executive Director of University Relations at the University of Wisconsin, she started a trade imprint, SummerHouse Press, and served as its CEO. Robin most recently worked as Vendor Manager for Amazon/CreateSpace. Robin has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation and distribution, on-demand models, marketing and author strategies. Robin is a leader in the independent publishing space, and when not developing new programs and services for IngramSpark, she can often be found sharing her expertise at industry events around the world.

Kiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for School Library Journal and Library Journal. Through SELF-e, Library Journal is helping indie authors to get discovered in the library. Prior to working at Library Journal, Kiera was children’s librarian in various roles including head of children’s services at Darien Library in Connecticut, Darien’s children’s librarian / collection development coordinator and a children’s librarian at New York Public Library. Kiera’s favorite books are the ones that make her cry — or snort — on public transportation.

Jim Blanton was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Upon graduating from U.K. in 2000 with his M.L.S., Jim went to work for the Chesapeake Public Library in Chesapeake, Virginia where he served in a variety of roles including Assistant Director. He was a two-time recipient of the Virginia Public Library Director’s award for Outstanding Adult Program of the Year, received the VPLD award for Outstanding Young Adult program and was also named by Library Journal as a 2012 Mover and Shaker for his work on a financial literacy game called Save Steve.

L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is the author of new adult, fantasy and paranormal romance with characters who match the real world. Her debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Learn more about L. Penelope and her books on her website.

First Annual Indie Author Day to take place October 8, 2016


Mark your calendars. This sounds like a great event in support of those who create and write independently, with libraries and librarians placed right at the center of their communities, where they belong. Also, a reminder to our readers, NSR now provides reviews of self-published books each Wednesday in partnership with Blue Ink Review.

From a press release sent to NSR:

On October 8th, 2016, libraries across North America will host local events for the first annual Indie Author Day, and will then come together at 2 pm Eastern for a digital gathering that will offer inspiration, information and advice for authors from publishing industry specialists. This event will bring the indie writing community together through the library system both physically and digitally.

As indie publishing continues to gain ground, there are many authors who are still struggling to find their footing in the publishing world and get discovered. By working with their local library to build an audience within their communities, authors are able to find local fans that will help carry them to greater renown. Through Indie Author Day, libraries are encouraged to support their local writers and authors are driven to make that crucial connection with the libraries in their communities. See which libraries have signed up to participate here. Continue reading First Annual Indie Author Day to take place October 8, 2016

Rights & Content in the Digital Age — A Publishing Perspectives event on June 13


Heads up: At this half-day event on June 13th in New York City, experts from various book and media companies — among them HarperCollins, TED, Copyright Clearance Center, Audiam, and Ingenta — will highlight cutting-edge strategies to help book professionals, including agents, publishers, and ebook providers, maximize their IP and grow their rights business. The price of the standard ticket is $125; interested participants may register for the conference here. Group sales and discounts are available.

Date: June 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grand Hall, NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Sq. South
New York, NY Continue reading Rights & Content in the Digital Age — A Publishing Perspectives event on June 13

Who will host DPLAfest 2017? Those interested have two weeks left to apply


Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has announced that it’s looking for next year’s location for its annual two-day event focused on discussions, workshops, and fun events related to ebooks, education, technology, libraries, and, as written on their site, “creative use of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.” This year’s event took place in mid April and was hosted by National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

The deadline for institutions interested in hosting (or co-hosting) in 2017 is fast approaching (June 7th), so universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and others, are encouraged to apply here.

DPLA is exactly the kind of initiative NSR supports, encourages, and commends. This magnificent platform/portal, freely available to the world, enables “new and transformative uses of digitized cultural heritage.” Those who need a crash course on how DPLA is making the world a better place may watch this introductory video. Other details about the application process below. Continue reading Who will host DPLAfest 2017? Those interested have two weeks left to apply

Ebooks and Digital Content events at the ALA Conference

E-Books and Digital Content events at the upcoming ALA Conference, from the ALA What’s Happening Document:

Join a panel of Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and ALA leaders at this year’s Annual Conference as they discuss the results of a newly-released study on public library patrons’ use of digital content. At Digital Content in Public Libraries: What Do Patrons Think? panelists will discuss the results of the study, designed to provide insight into how readers interact with e-books in a library environment. Sunday, June 28, 3:00-4:00pm, Moscone Convention Center, 131 North.

Its been an exciting year in copyright law, with important precedents set on fair use and mass digitization, search engines, and what is protected by copyright. Copyright Litigation: The Year in Review (and What’s Coming Next) Monday, June 29, 10:30-11:30, Moscone Convention Center, 2018 West. Corynne McSherry (Electronic Frontier Foundation) will discuss the ways that recent court decisions Georgia State, HathiTrust, Google Books have interpreted fair use and the implications for education, research, and equitable access. McSherry will also explore potential implications, decisions for libraries and their patrons and preview upcoming copyright issues.

A leading panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss best ways for libraries to advance library access to digital content Making Progress in Digital Content Library, Sunday, June 28, 10:30-11:30am, Moscone Convention Center, 2018 West. Library leaders from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) will provide insights on the most promising opportunities available to advance library access to digital content, as well as ALA’s efforts to exploit digital content access opportunities. The session features DCWG co-chairs Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke, along with representatives from Odilo and TotalbooX.

The Internet Archive started by archiving the Web, but now works with hundreds of librarians and partners to create digital collections, both centralized and distributed. Join Internet Archive founder and digital librarian Brewster Kahle when he discusses the challenges of presenting modern materials for each media type Building Libraries 9 Together Saturday, June 27, 10:30-11:30am, Moscone Convention Center, 2007 West.

DPLA events at the upcoming ALA Conference

The American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference is right around the corner, so we here at the DPLA have pulled together a nifty little schedule of talks, panels, and presentations that feature members of our staff, Board, Committees, and Hubs. Sessions involving DPLA staff are marked [S], while sessions involving Board, Committee, or Hub members are marked with [A], for ‘affiliate’.




[S] Knight Foundation Grantee Demo Booth, Day #1
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM / Moscone Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 3731

Connect with DPLA staffers at the Knight Foundation Grantee Demo Booth on Monday, June 29 from 10 AM — 11 AM.

Participants: Dan Cohen (DPLA Executive Director), Emily Gore (DPLA Director for Content), Amy Rudersdorf (DPLA Assistant Director for Content)
Continue reading DPLA events at the upcoming ALA Conference

Free webinar from Credo – Designing Assignments for Information Literacy and Library Instruction

Register for this free webinar by clicking on the date below.

February 05, 2015, Boston, Oxford — Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, is pleased to announce a new webinar for librarians: Designing Assignments for Information Literacy and Library Instruction. Two sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00PM EST, and Thursday, February 12 at 10:00 AM EST.

The webinar will offer tools and best practices to help librarians to both improve students’ research skills and better collaborate with faculty. The session is a follow up to Credo’s Instructional Design Best Practices session from September 2014. Continue reading Free webinar from Credo – Designing Assignments for Information Literacy and Library Instruction

DPLAfest 2015

DPLAfest 2015 April 17-18, 2015

DPLAfest 2015our second celebration of all-things DPLAwill take place on April 17-18, 2015 in Indianapolis.

The two-day public event, set to coincide with DPLA’s second birthday, will bring hundreds of people from our large and growing community of librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, teachers and students, and members of the public to Indianapolis, Indiana for interactive workshops, hackathons, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and so much more. DPLAfest will appeal to librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, teachers and students, and members of the public alike who are interested in an engaging mix of discussion-oriented workshops and hands-on activities.

Area institutions serving as co-hosts include the Indianapolis Public Library (Central), the Indiana State Library, the IUPUI University Library, and the Indiana Historical Society.

You can keep up to date about DPLAfest 2015 by subscribing to our news list, bookmarking our news and blog feed, or following us on Twitter and Facebook. See you in April 2015!

If you are interested in becoming a DPLAfest corporate or institutional sponsor, please contact Rachel Frick, Business Development Director.

Free webinar on library digital content lending from Jamie LaRue, sponsored by Odilo

Webinar, January 14th at 1 p.m. EST.  Register here.

Library digital content lending has come a long way. Aggregators, authors, libraries, and publishers have all had to adapt to new, and sometimes not so desirable, business models. It is time for libraries to take matters into their own hands with alternative solutions.

Join renowned speaker, Jamie LaRue, as he discusses innovative and emerging technologies for digital content management. Participants will come away with a greater understanding of digital content issues, along with recognizing the benefits of using a new content management approach.

While all are encouraged to attend, this webinar is ideal for those involved with consortiums, state library agencies, and public library acquisitions and technical services. Learn more.

Free webinar: How to Keep K-8 Libraries Relevant for Teachers, Students, Nov. 4th

Register for this free webinar co-sponsored by Rourke Educational Media and School Library Journal.

VERO BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2014) –An expert panel of educators will analyze how using technology, understanding informational text, and improving literacy are keys to keeping K-8 school libraries relevant for teachers and students as part of a webcast set for Tuesday, Nov. 4.

“Keeping K-8 Libraries Relevant” — co-sponsored by Rourke Educational Media and School Library Journal— is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT. The webcast panelists will examine how to:

Continue reading Free webinar: How to Keep K-8 Libraries Relevant for Teachers, Students, Nov. 4th

4th annual Follett Challenge – Empowering Innovation – launched

MCHENRY, Ill., Oct. 2, 2014 — The fourth annual Follett Challenge, which will highlight and reward the most innovative K-12 programs that teach 21st century skills to students, launches its 2014-15 contest Monday, Oct. 6.

“Our contest’s new tagline, ‘Follett Challenge — Empowering Innovation’ speaks to the idea that we’re not just rewarding innovative educators, but empowering them to share their stories and do more,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “Doing more with less is another theme we consistently see from the schools, and it is an ongoing source of pride for Follett to reward these passionate educators with resources to do even more.”

Continue reading 4th annual Follett Challenge – Empowering Innovation – launched

Free webcast on optimizing metadata for the library market

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, October 21 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcast where you will learn how to optimize your metadata for the library market.

Authors and publishers know that high-quality metadata can be a game-changer when it comes to the discoverability of their titles. That’s no less true for library content. Every librarian wants to help patrons find the right titles in their library’s collection, and there is now expanding array of ways publishers can help that happen. Continue reading Free webcast on optimizing metadata for the library market

Portico sponsoring webinar on September 10th about eBook preservation

I made a mistake with my original post, the date is September 10th!

Portico is sponsoring a webinar on eBook preservation on September 10th.  Info and registration info here:

What will it take to ensure long-term access to e-books?

Join us for a 45-minute webinar on e-book preservation. Amy Kirchhoff, Portico archive product manager and co-author of “Preserving E-books,” a new Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) TechWatch report, will answer the above question and will discuss other current developments and issues in e-books. Continue reading Portico sponsoring webinar on September 10th about eBook preservation

Free, fabulous, library event – TDS14: Libraries@the Center


Library Journal and School Library Journal’s 5th annual online conference: The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center is scheduled for October 1, 2014.  More information is available online at

The event is free for attendees and will provide answers to some of the biggest challenges libraries face in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences. This daylong professional development conference can be viewed in groups or privately. There are no travel or registration fees, and attendees will connect with each other as well as hear exciting keynotes from award-winning scientist and author Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, and Anil Dash, cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, that will examine our shared digital future. Continue reading Free, fabulous, library event – TDS14: Libraries@the Center

New Media Consortium releases 2014 Library Edition Horizon Report

Lyon, France (August 20) — Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context. Continue reading New Media Consortium releases 2014 Library Edition Horizon Report