MCHENRY, Ill., Oct. 2, 2014 â€“ 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.
â€œOur contestâ€™s new tagline, â€˜Follett Challenge â€“ Empowering Innovationâ€™ speaks to the idea that weâ€™re not just rewarding innovative educators, but empowering them to share their stories and do more,â€ said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. â€œDoing 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.â€
Continue reading 4th annual Follett Challenge – Empowering Innovation – launched
Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, OctoberÂ 21 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcastÂ 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. Thatâ€™s no less true for library content. Every librarian wants to help patrons find the right titles in their libraryâ€™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
I made a mistake with my original post, the date is September 10th!
Portico is sponsoring a webinar on eBook preservation on September 10th.Â 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 â€œPreserving E-books,â€ 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
Library Journal and School Library Journal’s 5th annual online conference: The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center is scheduled for October 1, 2014.Â More information is available online at http://www.thedigitalshift.com/tds/libraries-at-the-center/
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
Lyon, France (August 20) –Â 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 theÂ 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
A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks.Â Panelists included:
- Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
- Elizabeth Joseph – recently appointed Coordinator of Information and adult services at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut
- Stuart Smith -Â Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
- Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
- Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
- Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.
I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch,Â They both agreed to share their slides, which are available here:
Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks.Â For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take.Â But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words:Â create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks
Interesting grant-funded project awarded to OCLC and partners.Â I like that it is research-validated from the iSchool at the University of Washington.
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 14, 2014â€”The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a National Leadership Grant to OCLC to help guide public libraries in offering programs for young children that will build critical literacy skills. Continue reading IMLS grant to OCLC for early learning efforts in public libraries
I attended the American Library Association Conference in late June and was able to speak with a variety of ebook vendors about updates to interfaces, products, and services.Â Below is a list of vendors with highlights for each.Â I didn’t make it to every vendor, so if I have left someone off the list or you have information to add, please contact me. Continue reading Library eBook updates from the ALA conference
Here is information about a session to be held at the ALA conference this Saturday:
E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap? – IRRT Paper Session, Saturday, June 28th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Location: Las Vegas Convention Center –
S233 Description: With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, E-books and e-readers hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor. At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access. This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways. Continue reading ALA Session: eBooks and eReaders: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap?
Knowledge Unlatched is the 2014 winner of the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award.Â
The IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was created in 2013 for initiatives in the area of open access monograph publishing. This year the jury voted unanimously forÂ Knowledge Unlatched, recognising itÂ as the most outstanding and game-changing initiative in the field.
The jury of the IFLA/Brill award were “deeply impressed with the simplicity and elegance of the original concept, with the daring scope of the project, bringing together libraries, publishers and other organisations from around the world, and with the highly successful outcome of the pilot phase that tested the concept.”
The full award announcement is availableÂ here.