E-books in Libraries

ALA President applauds creation of 'Right to E-read' campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) launched the “Right to E-read” campaign, a new initiative that enables libraries to advocate for library e-books. In response, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), today congratulated EBLIDA for developing the ebook advocacy campaign:

New e-book examines tablet computers in the academic library

CHICAGO — In the past few years tablet computing has seemingly emerged from nowhere to spark exciting conversations about the future of academic library use and instruction, touching on everything from textbooks to reference services. Electronic discussion lists and boards, conference presentations and journal articles have already suggested imaginative uses for tablet computers in the academic setting.

Next American Libraries Live covers the present and future of e-books

CHICAGO — Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads “The Present and Future of E-books,” an interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, March 13 for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go.

The ebook revolution expands

PHILADELPHIA—Over the past year, what has the American Library Association (ALA) done to improve access to ebooks and other digital content? Hear about recent ALA Digital Content Working Group activities at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The session, "ALA and Digital Content: DCWG Directions and the Author-Library Relationship," will take place Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1-2:30p.m., in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 C.

Pew study “Libraries and Society” illustrates expanding roles of U.S. libraries

An overwhelming majority of Americans acknowledge that public libraries offer more than just books and provide community-tailored programs and services that improve the quality of life, according to “How Americans value public libraries in their communities,” a report released today from the Pew Research Center that examines the role of public libraries in communities.

New digital journal eContent Quarterly launches

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces the premiere issue of eContent Quarterly, a new digital journal offering practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in rapidly changing digital library environments. Subscriptions are available for purchase at the ALA Store. Among the topics covered in Volume 1, Issue 1: