Free webinar: Building Community: from distribution to engagement

By Patrick Hogan |

ALA TechSource invites you to our upcoming free webinar, hosted by WebJunction, “Building Community: from distribution to enagagement,” on November 16, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST. Chrystie Hill of WebJunction will moderate a discussion with presentations by Helene Blowers and Nancy Dowd.

With the heightening competition among e-reader manufacturers and ebook retailers has come reasonable concern and alarm from publishers, booksellers, and librarians. The distribution chain.


At the recent Library Journal / School Library Journal virtual summit “ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point,Eli Neuberger’s presentation “Libraries are Screwed” garnered the buzz.  Neuberger offered a well-reasoned case (with clever slide images) for his apocalyptic title, pointing out that format shift is less the problem than the move away from ownable, shareable content. He offers a ray of hope, suggesting that libraries can be a platform for the unique creations of the community, offering “access to production tools, event venues, and, most importantly, a permanent, noncommecial, online home for patrons’ creative works.” You can see Neuberger’s presentation on YouTube, in two parts, one and  two.

Similarly, back in March 2009, the library blogosphere buzzed around posts by David Lee King, “The Beginning of the New Normal,” and Aaron Schmidt, “libraries might not provide content in the future & it’s okay.” No doubt, digital content poses a challenge to libraries.

Chrystie Hill, Director, Community Services at WebJunction advocates in her ALA Editions book Inside, Outside, Online for librarians’ social role around the content. “Although documents are powerful for helping us structure and organize information space, they also help us create and negotiate social space. In other words, groups form and conversations emerge around them.” She will moderate a discussion on how libraries can enhance the distribution model and build community. Helene Blowers, Director of Digital Services for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Nancy Dowd, Director of Marketing, New Jersey State Library, will offer their ideas and get the conversation started. It promises to be a lively one. Register here.