Category Archives: Events/Conferences

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
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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. Continue reading Ebooks and Digital Content events at the ALA Conference

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)
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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 2015—our second celebration of all-things DPLA—will 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:

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