Linked resources for transforming your library

The market needs to respond with well-designed products that include people with disabilities and others—especially if makers of those products expect to sell their goods to clients with public-sector funding, such as schools and universities, government agencies, non-profits, and so forth.
ACRL Members: see "Poster session alphabet soup," by Brenda Hazard. This A-Z guide to creating a successful poster session experience was published in C&RL News, July/August 2006, volume 67, No. 7.
24symbols, a service akin to Spotify or Netflix for e-books, will essentially be a subscription-based service by which for a monthly fee readers will get access to a cloud-hosted e-book library that they can read as long as they’re paid up. (Also like Spotify, it won’t be available in the US on launch).
The DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently added two 3D printers, along with a 3D scanner and supporting software, to its collection.
3D printing is the process of creating physical objects by building layers of quickly-hardening material one on top of the other.
The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
This Guide will provide information for thinking about the design of new and renovated library space, and point toward additional resources that can support, inform and enhance the academic library design process.
This program pairs recipients of ALA's Spectrum Scholarship Program with mentors from ACRL.
A list of of devices that support Adobe PDF and EPUB content.
OCLC is launching a new project, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.”
This page describes how the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders program works.
This fact sheet offers a selection of articles, web resources, and some vendor information that will provide an introduction when considering implementing virtual reference services.
ALA Library Fact Sheet with resources for adding and using technology to perform various library duties, especially computer systems and software for cataloging.
This page provides information about how RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) can be implemented in libraries.
Easily accessible fact sheet on the use of internet in academic, public and school libraries.
ALA resources for mentoring & recruitment efforts
Amazon.com says the company is now selling more e-Books than print books.The crossover comes less than four years after the debut of the Kindle e-reader in November 2007; Amazon notes that it has been selling hardcover and paperback books over the Web since July 1995.
An interesting article written by an administrator in the Salt Lake City library system discussing how the library has become a daytime shelter for the homeless.
Apple‘s announcement yesterday that it had sold 3 million iPads in its opening weekend — the best ever launch of the tablet, according to the company — is so much better than analysts expected that a few have raised their estimates for shipments this year.
Information provided by OITP regarding the recent PEW report. This backgrounder is intended to briefly share report highlights, key messages developed by the American Library Association Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, and additional data and resources that may assist libraries as they communicate about this greatly expanding area of library collections and services.
David O’Brien, Urs Gasser, and John G Palfrey Jr of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University recently released a briefing document, “E-Books in Libraries.”
Interesting statistics and clear charts disusing, among other topics, the use of eBooks in school libraries.
Broward County Library, located in in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made the collection of more than 34,000 public domain titles featured on their ‘Virtual Branch’ website directly available and visible in one of the busiest centers of their community – the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
A digital media lab is a space designed for patrons to have access to software and hardware to create digital media—such as videos, music, podcasts, images, ebooks, websites, animation, and more.
How do you plan for a future you can’t predict? By building flexibility into the design. That was one of the main takeaways from LJ’s latest Design Institute (DI), held at the Denver Central Library on May 4.The DI, LJ’s 12th in a series on trends in library design, was a one-day symposium composed of panels, presentations, and breakout sessions, featuring a mix of architects, vendors, and librarians.
In a move that some feel is another blow to the big business of traditional publishing, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will give the California college systems the push they need to not only find open source textbooks for their students’ classes, but will also enable the colleges and universities to develop these materials themselves in order to make student textbooks free.
This hour-long webinar takes the discussion of linked data in libraries a step further. The benefits that linked data represents are incontestable: making relationships in metadata explicit, using web–friendly markup, and liberating libraries from their current data silos are all part of the appeal. Integrating library data onto the semantic web is imminent, but what are some of the obstacles that libraries will have to overcome?
The program began because leaders of the College Libraries Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) saw a need to enhance leadership capabilities of new college library directors and to help them meet the challenges involved in directing libraries in small colleges. This program meets this need by fostering a mentoring relationship with an experienced library director. First-year directors gain access to someone who will listen to their problems and questions and provide feedback and possible solutions.
The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), in collaboration with Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and other Colorado libraries, launched a new program, "E-discover the Classics," to help Colorado libraries easily provide users access to content from Project Gutenberg—a site that provides free ebooks and audiobooks of public domain works. The project has expanded to help libraries in other states, and other countries, do the same.
Last month, Douglas County Libraries collaborated with our local Best Buy to offer a electronic petting zoo for patrons and staff. With a staff member on hand, Best Buy brought one of every type eBook reader to the Philip S Miller Library in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado, so patrons could explore and ask questions.
Links, information, and news about control and censorship of the internet
Digital Publishing News for the 21st Century
A curated bibliography of quality digital image collections spanning ~85 subjects, including ~950 digital collections, that have been culled primarily from the LibGuides Community, and several subject areas have been further refined by 20 subject liaison librarians at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
The Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) of the American Library Association (ALA) is developing a series of informational Tip Sheets for the library community. We are pleased to share with you Tip Sheet #1 on digital rights management.
The Kindle Lending Club was begun by a business consultant, and has 12,000 members exchanging as many as 600 books a day.
In the past year, libraries have seen a sharp growth in e-book borrowing. That trend is transforming the relationship between libraries and publishers. Libraries need to offer electronic books to remain relevant today. But some publishers worry lending e-books will lead to piracy and loss of sales
The study provides an economic analysis of the current environment in which libraries acquire electronic books (e-books) and offer some thoughts about the future.
For the first time in PW's 100+ years of annual features on bestsellers, the magazine collected statistics on e-book sales. This first report was spotty, since many publishers declined to share their numbers, and others submitted numbers from just a few titles.
Empowering Diverse Voices will feature several elements designed to enhance the leadership development opportunities available to ALA members and specifically seeks to provide opportunities to diverse members of the Association.
On March 1, 2011, several publishing offices in Europe were raided by inspectors from the European Commission. The reason—the agency model adopted by many big publishers may violate EU antitrust laws. Publishers may see themselves as heroes fighting Amazon’s world dominance, but consumers see only that they are notching up prices.
Allen County is one of just a handful of public libraries that have set up multipurpose workshops for patrons who want to share and collaborate in order to create and build things. The terms used to describe these spaces include “makerspaces,” “fab labs” or “hackerspaces
Four visually impaired Philly residents filed suit this week against the Free Library of Philadelphia. They allege that the Free Library’s new Nook lending program, which is about to expand to cover 5 library branches, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because the Nook is not accessible to the blind (it has no audio support at all).
The OITP E-book Task Force is responding to FAQs sent to us by public librarians.
Resources created by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.
Environmentally friendly practices for libraries and beyond!
This page contains a list of resources designed for librarians serving a Spanish-speaking community.
Here are links to help with information literacy at your library.
An annotated list of recent articles on the topic of mentoring in an academic library.
Let's quickly answer the question - yes it is. Now I'll explain why I believe this
The four-year, four-city Working Together Project sent community development librarians into diverse neighborhoods across the country.
Specialized learning experiences are built upon a general foundation of library and information studies. The design of specialized learning experiences takes into account the statements of knowledge and competencies developed by relevant professional organizations.
This toolkit, compiled with resources, tips, and best practices from expert librarians who deliver exemplary gaming services, is a jumping off point for all types of libraries, serving members of all ages.
Facing the rapid transition to ebooks together, rather than in isolated camps, librarians, publishers, authors, and readers can ensure that we meet our missions on all fronts. This series of conversations is a start, aspiring to illuminate the issues and opportunities by placing librarians and publishers at the same table.
E-books are an especially exciting development for print-disabled and blind readers because their properties make them ideal for finding alternative forms of access. When an e-book is presented in an accessible format on an accessible e-book reader, the user can choose to read the book using text-to-speech, Braille, or magnification.
Two companies, one large, one small, are ready to help you digitally map your library.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents 3 a video podcast series delivering advice from school library leaders onquestions about school libraries today and in the future.
Meeting spaces are the places where people can come together to hold a conversation, share ideas, and create knowledge. The librarian’s role in facilitation of these meeting spaces can take a number of forms. We can design good physical spaces, create virtual spaces, help people to use these spaces, and help people hold the meetings.
Metadata is data about data. Although metadata most commonly refers to web resources, it can be about either physical or electronic resources.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed an app to help students search for books, read summaries, and find their way through the library.
With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit (case number: 12-2373) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are eligible.
McGraw-Hill Professional launched a new ebook platform on May 13 that offers libraries one-to-four-year subscription plans and unlimited concurrent usage.
A classic resource, Planning for Results has long served to help public librarians envision, evaluate, and respond to community needs with distinctive programs and services.
Columns tells remarkable stories of community outreach and community relationships in this time of a continually transforming library roles.
Information on Social Networking News, Resources, ALA Wiki on Online Social Networking, Safety Resources for Young People, and Cyberbullying.
The author argues that libraries should take more responsibility for its eBook collections by deciding where and how to house content and protect copyright rather than leaving it up to vendors.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case hinging on an obscure copyright question— can the government take artworks that have lapsed into the public domain, where anybody can use them, and put them back under copyright, where people have to pay to use them? I
Technology helps libraries do what they do best: connect people with resources and ideas – including books, virtual reference, e-books, and training. Freedom of information is fundamental to the American way of life, and free and full access sets us apart from many countries. Our nation’s system of 16,604 public libraries ensures all people may find the information they need and want—in print or online.
perspectives on public libraries and the Internet in terms of past and future themes
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $99,957 grant to OCLC for a new initiative, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change.
Publisher’s Weekly posted an article on its blog that allowed various publishing industry professionals from a variety of outlets to expand on the generally accepted prediction that ebooks will make up 50% of total trade book sales within five years.
Ladders to Leadership provides information about leadership from the New Members Round Table.
Library services that target children from birth through teenage years.
This page includes resources for serving a wide range of populations that may be underserved, or where specialized resources are desirable.
Storypanda’s first iOS app, Storypanda Books, is now ready to help kids read, create and share their very own interactive stories.
Gives a straightforward description of what a mentor is, who should be a mentor/mentee, and the stages of mentorship.
Today the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project announced that tablet and e-book reader ownership nearly doubled over the holidays. Overall, 29 percent of U.S. adults now own at least one of these devices.
Taiwan's international airport has opened what it calls the world's first in-transit e-library, offering 400 e-book titles to ease waiting-hall boredom while showcasing the island's high-tech capabilities.
Cuyahoga County Library now helps patrons utilize their new e-readers and learn about the devices before making a purchase through technology petting zoos and workshops.
This tool kit provides assistance to librarians on educating teens and the community of the dangers and advantages to using social media in an educational environment.
The author argues that e-books can create new markets for books in the same way that mass market paperbacks did.
In 2008, the digital textbook market was worth around $1.5 billion. By 2013, the market is expected to grow to approximately $4.1 billion. By 2020 digital textbooks are expected to generate around $8.3 billion in sales, while print textbooks will be contributing more than $9.7 billion.
A report by OITP which takes a look at how the adoption of mobile technology alters the traditional relationships between libraries and their users. This report includes examples of libraries utilizing mobile catalogs, apps, and technologies.
This article begins with the HarperCollins issue, but ends by saying that eBook lending clubs might someday eclipse the lending power of public libraries.
The Toronto public library has teamed up with a local comic shop to host their own comic festival.
The UK Publishers Association issued guidelines in October, 2010, including one requiring patrons to be physically present at a library branch in order to download an eBook for borrowing. The reaction seemed to be in response to one library in the UK offering to lend eBooks outside its service area.
Based on the past months of work on ebooks, publishers, and distributors, the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) completed and released its report “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries” in early August as a means of sharing some of what we learned with the library community at large.