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ALA and NSR will launch a new eCourse on ebooks in July; registration now open

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions has recently announced a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Understanding E-Books: All You Need to Know Now and for the Future. NSR’s Mirela Roncevic will serve as the instructor for this 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on July 10, 2017.

More information below or on ALA’s site.


Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

After completing this eCourse, you will understand:

  • The basics of how e-books function and their place in the current publishing marketplace
  • How e-books are currently being used in libraries, including circulation and lending policies
  • The key issues that librarians are likely to face with e-books in the future

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?

Mirela Roncevic has been involved with e-books and e-readers since their emergence, and in this new eCourse she’ll give you the foundation you need to make e-books work for your library and your career. Requiring no prior knowledge of e-books, this eCourse will sketch in their history while showing you how they function in libraries, exploring issues ranging from file formats to delivery mechanisms and lending policies and what they mean for libraries both now and in the future. Continue reading ALA and NSR will launch a new eCourse on ebooks in July; registration now open

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

Free IFLA/ALA webinar “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models, and recommendations”

For the third consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

We are proud to present the first session of the 2014 webinar series – “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.” – http://www.ifla.org/node/6141

Following our tradition of excellence, this year our keynote speakers come from different regions of the world. They include IFLA President Elect, Donna Scheeder and other senior library leaders. Continue reading Free IFLA/ALA webinar “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models, and recommendations”

ALA’s 3rd supplement on ebooks and digital content now available

The third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.

Read it online here or pick up a copy at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.

  • James LaRue, director of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries system, discusses how libraries canand shouldbecome local community publishers
  • Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, provides an overall assessment of the library ebook situation
  • ALA President, Maureen Sullivan, ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy look at how libraries can collaborate, manage, and lead through this period of possibilities.

You can read this supplement in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading. Click here to get started.

ALA’s Ebook Platforms for Libraries – What it’s about and what it’s for

Last Friday, ALA released it’s latest Library Technology Report (LTR)  entitled, “Ebook Platforms for Libraries.”  Mirela Roncevic, a No Shelf Required contributor, wrote and compiled the LTR.  Mirela posted on her personal blog about the report including background information about what the report contains, what it’s for, and how it can be used by librarians.  It is a really nice summary of how and why the publication was created.  Here is an excerpt from her post:

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what the vast and growing ebooks landscape in libraries will look like a year or two from now, but as it stands right now, librarians need to keep up or they will remain behind. That’s what this report aims to do: provide a starting point from which they can embark on their institutions’ ebook ventures. Continue reading ALA’s Ebook Platforms for Libraries – What it’s about and what it’s for

Articles of Interest: Penguin, OverDrive, and libraries

It’s been coming for months.  Today Penguin announced it has ended its relationship with OverDrive.  Starting tomorrow, it will no longer sell e-books and audiobooks to OverDrive for library lending.  Interestingly, ALA and Big Six publishers met last week to discuss library e-book lending.  In an article in paidcontent.org, Laura Hazard Owen points out ALA’s concern about statements publishers made regarding “friction.”  Publishers felt a degree of friction existed with physical book checkout – involving 2 trips to the library.  They felt the online availability would alter the friction calculation.  My response to that….clearly they have never tried to download an e-book from the public library.  According to Library Journal’s patron profiles, 23% of ebook patrons reported being unsuccessful in borrowing ebooks because of technical difficulty, while almost 44% could not do so because of title unavailability.”  That’s a lot of friction.

Here are some articles with more of the story:

Penguin ends E-book Library Lending and Relationship with OverDrive, Paidcontent.org

Penguin Group Terminating Its Contract with OverDrive, The Digital Shift

Penguin Unfriends Libraries, Agnostic Maybe

Penguin Cuts Off All Library Ebooks, The Digital Reader

And others added after the original post:

ALA, Author’s Guild, and 3M weigh in on Penguin-OverDrive Dispute, The Digital Shift

E-Book Lending Library Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples with Change – Digital Book World

ALA President and delegation meet with publishers

Yesterday, ALA released a press release summarizing the meetings between ALA President Molly Raphael, an ALA delegation and representatives from publishers Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Perseus.  It’s a great summary of the meeting.  The discussions show promise!  Here is the text, copied in full from the ALA press release:

American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael led an ALA delegation to New York last week to meet separately with representatives from publishers Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Perseus.

The representatives at these meetings included CEOs, division presidents and other executives. Continue reading ALA President and delegation meet with publishers

2012 Dartmouth Medal Winners

This is always one of my favorite events at the ALAMW conference, the RUSA awards.  Of particular interest to me as a reference librarian is the Dartmouth Medal for the most outstanding reference work of the year.  While the winners this year were truly deserving, I found myself sentimental over the lifetime achievement award for the Statistical Abstract of the U.S.  Here is more from the press release:

DALLAS – The 2012 Dartmouth Medal – an annual award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) recognizing the most outstanding reference work of the year – has been awarded to “Green’s Dictionary of Slang,” published by Chambers. Continue reading 2012 Dartmouth Medal Winners

ALA launches new E-content blog

Yesterday ALA announced a new blog on E-content, to be administered by Christopher Harris.  Here is more information from the press release:

Keeping up with the many varieties of digital contentand how libraries can offer them to their patronsjust got easier. American Libraries has launched an “E-Content” blog (http://americanlibraries.org/e-content) that provides information on e-books, e-readers, e-journals, databases, digital libraries, digital repositories, and other e-content issues. The blog complements the new section on e-content that appears in the weekly e-newsletter American Libraries Direct and focuses on similar issues.

E-Content is administered by Christopher Harris, director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in New York State. Harris was selected because of his engaged expertise in many things digital. A participant in the first ALA Emerging Leaders program in 2007, Harris was subsequently honored as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2008. He is coauthor of Libraries Got Game, published by ALA Editions in 2010, and is a regular contributor to School Library Journal.

The E-Content blog will help disseminate the work of the new ALA Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries, which is currently being formed to proactively address digital content opportunities and issues from both policy and practical perspectives. This Association-wide group of experts, selected by ALA President Molly Raphael, will broadly represent the many constituencies within the library community. The working group’s charge reflects a priority of the ALA 2015 Strategic Plan, supporting the “transformation” of libraries.

67% of public libraries offer e-books, up 12% – ALA Study

Libraries Connect Communities 2011 coverALA’s 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study was released today.  According to the press release:  “more than two-thirds (67 percent) of libraries offer access to e-books, up 12 percent from two years ago.”  These numbers fall right in line with the recent Library Journal & School Library Journal e-book survey.  They reported that 72% of public libraries offer e-books.

The ALA Study has multiple pieces available for download.  They include:

American Libraries Digital Supplement Summer 2011

Executive Summary (.pdf)

Library Funding Landscape (.pdf)

Library Technology Landscape (.pdf)

State Summaries (.pdf)

Reports from the Field (.pdf)

Appendix A: 2010-2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey Questionnaire

Appendix B: Interview Questions

Appendix C: California public library interview participants

Appendix D: Oklahoma public library interview participants

ALA TechSource webinar series – Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

ALA TechSource has just opened registration for the upcoming webinar series on e-books and e-readers.  I hope you can join us.

Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
with Sue Polanka

Two 90-minute sessions
Thursdays 8/4/11 and 8/11/11
2:30 — 4:00 PM EDT | 1:30 — 3:00 PM CDT
12:30 — 2:00 PM MDT | 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM PDT

With the exploding popularity of e-books and e-reading devices, librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate them into their services and collections. Sue Polanka is back by popular demand to present this two-session ALA TechSource workshop on how to go about it. With her practical guidance you will learn how to begin purchasing and lending e-books for your library, and how to purchase e-reading devices for patron use. Continue reading ALA TechSource webinar series – Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

Print alive and well at the Buenos Aires Book Fair

Today I had my first glimpse of the Buenos Aires Book Fair (Feria del Libro).  I’ve never attended a book fair, so it was very exciting to see the rows and rows of publishers and other information providers with their booths and offerings.  It is similar to an ALA conference exhibit, but the focus here is truly on books!  Publishers have shelves and boxes of printed books for sale during the book fair and are expecting over 1 million visitors during the 3 week event.  According to my local host, Jorge Rodriguez, Director of the Information Resource Center (IRC) at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, the fair attracts the people of Argentina and surrounding areas, not just publishers.  It is such a cultural event for the people of Argentina, who are very attached to reading and books.  The love of books is apparent while walking around the city of Buenos Aires – independent bookstores are on every street!

The IRC of the US Embassy in Buenos Aires also has a booth at the fair and their theme is the evolution of the book.  They have a variety of print sources, but are also displaying ebook readers and tablet devices as well.  Their booth is all white, with flowing white canvas pieces hanging from floor to ceiling.  From a distance, it reminds me of book pages turning in the breeze.

More to follow, including pictures!

EQUACC issues interim report

The Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC) Task Force met for the first time at a meeting held at ALA Midwinter and had a more substantive session at a one-and-a-half day retreat at the Washington Office, March 7-8, 2011.  The retreat happened to coincide with the announcement that HarperCollins would limit loans for its e-books.  Throughout the retreat, the significance of the HarperCollins decision factored into most of the discussions.  In addition to addressing this timely issue, the Task Force made significant progress toward identifying challenges and solutions for improved electronic access, use, distribution, and preservation.  The Task Force focused on long-term strategic issues given that there could easily be a situation similar to the HarperCollins decision in the future and ALA must be prepared to respond effectively.

The interim report is available here.

Gale offering free access to six resources for National Library Week

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is celebrating National Library Week by offering free access to six highly-praised online resources for use by any library during National Library Week.  Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2010. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting www.gale.cengage.com/NLW starting on April 10. Library patrons should look for the widget on their library’s homepage, which provides single-click access to these online resources.

The library is where stories are read, retold, written and created every day. In salute of the American Library Association’s theme – Create your own story @ your library, Gale is offering free access to resources that help library users explore and inspire stories of all kinds. Gale is offering access to six resources: Continue reading Gale offering free access to six resources for National Library Week

ALA’s EQUACC Task Force Web Site Launches

ALA’s EQUACC, Presidential Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content has launched a website, available at http://www.equacc.ala.org/

They are offering a discussion forum, comprehensive list of resources arranged by theme, and an option for RSS feeds or a subscription via email.

Check it out, stay informed, be vocal, support the cause!

CIL Conference – Ebook Publishing: Practices & Challenges

This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today.  Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive.

Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer.

Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing

ALA President Responds to Restrictions on E-book Lending

Reprinted in full from an ALA email and press release:
Dear Members,
First and foremost, I want to thank you for your patience. I held back on a public statement on the recent decision by Harper Collins to restrict the lending of e-books until the Equitable Access to Electronic Information Task Force (EQUACC) met last week. Please know that I heard your voices of concern about the impact of additional costs on your libraries and ability to meet the needs of the communities you serve. A press release was issued today that speaks to our shared alarm at announced and potential limitations to the access to knowledge, information and the creative written works of authors in the electronic era. We know that libraries are essential to an informed nation and therefore our democracy. I have been and will continue to highlight our commitment to access in every media interview I give. Continue reading ALA President Responds to Restrictions on E-book Lending

ALA Task Forces To Tackle E Challenges

From the ALA Washington Office website:  Recent action from the publishing world in the e-book marketplace has re-ignited interest and sparked many questions from librarians, publishers, vendors, and readers. Two ALA member task forces — the presidential task force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC) and the E-book Task Force — were recently created to address these complex and evolving issues.  EQUACC met this week in Washington, D.C., to provide ALA with guidance and recommendations for a coordinated ALA response to the challenging issues. Continue reading ALA Task Forces To Tackle E Challenges

eBooks and Maritime History – see and hear it at ALAMW

Peter McCracken, librarian and founder of Serials Solutions, has a new hobby – ships.  His site, ShipIndex.org, helps people do research on hundreds of thousands of specific vessels. With over 1.5 million citations in it, the site tells you what books, journals, CD-ROMs, websites, databases, and other sources mention particular ships. It includes vessels mentioned in references sources like the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (a 2008 Dartmouth Award Winner), Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia, and others. It currently includes the contents from about 170 books, and whenever possible, it links to an electronic version of those books via Google Books. The team is working with several online reference publishers to incorporate links between their products, helping people discover references to ships in online databases, and helping people working in online databases to learn more about the ships mentioned there. Continue reading eBooks and Maritime History – see and hear it at ALAMW

Future of Libraries 2010: The Consumer and Library E-book Markets

A must read post from the Librarian in Black blog, Future of Libraries 2010: The Consumer and Library E-book Markets, offers a summation from 3 speakers at this event held in San Francisco on September 21st.  They include Paul Sims, Ann Awakuni, and Henry Bankhead.

A few clips from the post:

Paul Sims, “He believes that eBooks have the potential to disrupt our ability to provide access to collections. He quoted the ALA Core Value about Access: “All information resources that are provided directly or indirectly by the library, regardless of technology, format, or methods of delivery, should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.” eBooks are preventing us from meeting this core value.” Continue reading Future of Libraries 2010: The Consumer and Library E-book Markets