For immediate release | September 10, 2013

American Libraries Live digs into databases in new episode

CHICAGO — Databases are everywhere, a crucial element of libraries of all shapes, sizes and types. Library technology expert Marshall Breeding leads a panel discussion of how databases are changing and shaping the present and future of libraries in the upcoming American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Please join us at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Sept. 12 for this 60-minute discussion. Panelists Michael Santangelo, electronic resources coordinator, BookOps, and Meg White, executive director of technology services at Rittenhouse, will address a variety of topics, including:

  • how libraries are addressing databases and electronic resources in the wake of budget cuts;
  • how discovery services impact databases;
  • the current state of database-related products and vendors;
  • how librarians are affected when vendors consolidate or go out of business;
  • the differences and similarities in the public and academic library worlds regarding databases.

Rittenhouse is proud to sponsor this episode of AL Live. Founded in Philadelphia as a retail medical bookstore in 1946, Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. provides libraries, retailers and other businesses with print and electronic books in the fields of medicine, nursing and allied health. Rittenhouse connects its partners with the information, services and expertise critical to their success. The R2 Digital Library, Rittenhouse’s market-leading e-book platform, provides clients with access to thousands of essential and specialized titles in an intuitive interface optimized for use in health sciences.

Breeding is the editor of ALA TechSource’s Smart Libraries Newsletter, as well as the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and a Computers in Libraries columnist. He has authored the annual “Automation Marketplace” feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has edited or written several books, including “Cloud Computing for Libraries,” published in 2012. Former Director for Innovative Technology and Research at the Vanderbilt University Library, he regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations internationally at library conferences.

AL Live is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own expert on-hand. We look forward to your joining us. To receive email reminders, register at, or go to at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

For information about advertising or sponsoring an AL Live event, contact: Doug Lewis, American Libraries magazine,, (770) 333-1281. For general information or press inquiries about AL Live, contact: Jill Davis, Marketing Manager,, (312) 280-5418.

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