November 25, 2017

Archives for January 2013

Librarians & Authors Battle for Trivial Laurels

After sitting through many a Powerpoint slide show of upcoming titles, I was almost giddy (or was that the Seattle coffee?) to attend the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Library Family Feud program on Sunday afternoon. Hosted by the voluble (and veteran) quizmaster Chris Vaccari of Sterling Publishing—who hosts a Wednesday quiz night in Manhattan—the Feud pitted […]

DCWG: Showcase the Influence of Libraries with National Book of the Month

The American Library Association’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) has begun exploring an idea that could help publishers better understand the powerful impact that libraries can have for their authors and their bottom line.

EBSCO Introduces New Collection of Ebooks Aimed at Public Library Market

From EBSCO: EBSCO Publishing has released its latest e-book subscription collection. eBook Public Library Collection  focuses on the needs of public library patrons. The subscription collection includes over 25,000 general reference e-book titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language and literature and science & technology. [Clip] The collection will provide […]

Stephen Abram Leaving Cengage, Joins Dysart & Jones Consultancy

Capping a three-year stint with Gale/Cengage Learning, library speaker and pundit Stephen Abram is joining the Dysart & Jones Associates consultancy as an associate focusing on “marketing strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry,” according to the firm’s site and a press release sent today.

Interrogating the American Library Association’s “Core Values” Statement | Peer to Peer Review

Over the past couple of decades, we in libraries have been asking a lot of soul-searching questions about how we can best carry out our functions in a radically changed (and still-changing) information environment. This self-examination has led to many interesting conclusions and some pretty dramatic shifts in the ways libraries do business—almost always in the context of reaffirmations of the library’s core mission and values. Less frequently have we asked ourselves whether the core principles that underlie traditional library service remain relevant and essential in and of themselves.

UK Debuts Copyright Center

A new center that will examine the changing nature of copyright and the need for new business models in the digital age launched January 31 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

University of Minnesota Study Finds Drop in Wikipedia Contributors

From The Minnesota Daily (Student Paper): Wikipedia contains more than 4 million articles, written by tens of thousands of users for more than a decade. In fact, the user-edited encyclopedia has become so massive, it may be collapsing under its own weight. Since 2007, the number of active Wikipedia contributors has steadily dropped, according to […]

Lessons in Enduring Recognition | Leading from the Library

There’s nothing wrong with wanting recognition for your professional work. Thoughtful leaders reflect on the kind of recognition they want to achieve in their careers, and what it means for themselves and their organizations. Will it be fleeting or enduring?

Comics in Libraries: iVerse, Brodart Set Date for Comics Plus: Library Edition; OverDrive in Talks with Manga Publishers

This weekend, iVerse Media announced that its Comics Plus: Library Edition will be available to school and public library patrons via tablet computers, desktops, and mobile devices beginning on April 1. In recent months, more than 250 libraries have been beta testing the service, which offers about 10,000 comics and graphic novel titles, including “Adventure Time,” “Doonesbury,” “Bone,” “Mouse Guard,” “Sesame Street,” and “Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.”

Comics in Libraries: iVerse, Brodart Set Date for Comics Plus: Library Edition; OverDrive in Talks with Manga Publishers

This weekend, iVerse Media announced that its Comics Plus: Library Edition will be available to school and public library patrons via tablet computers, desktops, and mobile devices beginning on April 1. In recent months, more than 250 libraries have been beta testing the service, which offers about 10,000 comics and graphic novel titles, including “Adventure Time,” “Doonesbury,” “Bone,” “Mouse Guard,” “Sesame Street,” and “Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.”