For immediate release | April 18, 2012

The latest on e-books, digital content, digital literacy in libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Sparking innovation around e-books and digital content in libraries, a wide range of transformative conversations, programs, preconferences, discussion groups, high-profile speakers and updates from ALA leadership about their ongoing e-book dialog with publishers will mark the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.

Sessions of high interest in this area include the following, with further information available in the Preliminary Program for the Conference, accessible at

The Rise of E-Reading, with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, on the rise of e-books, their impact on reading habits, how library patrons hope to be able to borrow e-books, plus general reading trends and next steps in the Project’s research about the evolving role of libraries. Washington Office. (Sunday, 10:30 a.m. -noon)

The E-book Elephant in the Room: Determining What’s Relevant and Effective for Your Patrons & Making Effective Decisions for Your Future E-collection. ALCTS (Saturday, 8 - 10 a.m.)

The Future of the Book: Innovation in Traditional Industries, with Duane Bray, a world-renowned expert on innovation and partner at IDEO. Joint President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). (Monday 10:30 a.m. -noon).

David Weinberger, groundbreaking Internet philosopher and "Cluetrain" co-author appears as an Auditorium Speaker. Weinberger’s most recent book, "Too Big to Know," shakes the foundations of our concept of knowledge—from the role of facts to the value of books and the authority of experts—and provides a compelling vision of the future of knowledge in a connected world. (Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Digital Literacy and Libraries: Designing What Comes Next. This session kick starts a series of national conversations on this topic, challenging participants to think strategically about the future of digital literacy services in academic, school and public libraries. Washington Office. (Saturday, 4 - 5:30 p.m.)

Why Can’t an E-book be More Like the Print? Librarians and publishers discuss e-book policies and practices in libraries at the Booklist Reference Program. (Monday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)

Many preconferences offer additional support and insights in these areas, such as Libraries in the Cloud sponsored by AASL; Web Content Strategy for Libraries sponsored by LITA; Digital Humanities in Theory and Practice: Tools and Methods for Librarians sponsored by ACRL; and Source Code: Digital Youth Participation sponsored by YALSA.

Find out about the many other ALA Annual Conference & Exhibits highlights as they’re added—speakers, events, networking opportunities, and more. And for general information about the meeting in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26, 2012, visit us at Get the best discount with Early Bird Registration, open until midnight, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition--Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves


Mary Mackay

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American Library Association

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