Office for Research and Evaluation

New ALA e-books and digital content website highlights business models and access issues

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the release of a new website that provides links to resources on all aspects of e-books and digital content in libraries. The website, part of the Transforming Libraries initiative, supports the work of the ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group.

'Driving Advocacy with Data' webinar to showcase study and examples of making the case at local level

CHICAGO — Learn how to navigate the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (PLFTAS) for impactful advocacy at the local level during the free webinar “Driving Advocacy with Data” from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Attendees will learn how to interpret the latest data and emerging trends; access new advocacy and marketing tools, including state profiles, issue briefs and PR templates; and use the data to make the case for your library with elected officials and community stakeholders.

Innovative services at public libraries highlighted in new ALA issues brief

CHICAGO — Libraries continue to transform lives by providing critical services and innovative solutions to information access in spite of years’ worth of consecutive and cumulative budget cuts. More Americans than ever are turning to their libraries for access to essential technology services not found elsewhere in their communities, including free computer and Internet access, technology training and assistance with job-seeking and e-government services.

U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services despite budget cuts

CHICAGO — Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores the competing concerns that face America’s libraries: cumulative budget cuts that threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training and the chronic presence of the digital divide.

2012 Jesse H. Shera Award recipients announced by the Library Research Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2012 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.