July 22, 2014

Library and Education Groups File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

Concern over net neutrality rules prompted a joint filing by a coalition that includes ALA and EDUCAUSE, with suggestions to ensure the preservation of “an open Internet for libraries, higher education and the communities we serve.”

Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”

FCC Approves E-Rate Plan to Inject $2 Billion into WiFi for Schools and Libraries

FCC Approves E-Rate Plan to Inject $2 Billion into WiFi for Schools and Libraries

On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.

The FCC To Vote on $5 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

The FCC To Vote on $5 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

On July 11, a big e-rate vote is coming related to how to distribute the $5 billion at stake, and librarians are speaking up. With the FCC proposal suggesting that library funding be determined by square footage, librarians across the country have raised arms and posted letters to the FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, to protest.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

Summer is a tough time for many kids—when they don’t get enough to eat. Summer meal programs are critical and public libraries are uniquely suited to host them. While outside of traditional library services, providing food to hungry citizens is “another way we can serve the community,” says Susan Maldonado, teen services librarian at Oakland Public Library.

Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

What’s Your Online Persona?

What’s Your Online Persona?

Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

ALA Announces First Ever Winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize

ALA Announces First Ever Winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize

On June 9, the ALA announced the winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity—say that three times quickly—which will go to New Orleans Youth Outreach Librarian Laurence Copel who overcame unrelenting adversity to get the children of the Ninth Ward their much-needed books.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Not a Trend, But Here to Stay | BEA 2014

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Not a Trend, But Here to Stay | BEA 2014

Over 300 people attended the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel on May 31 held at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center as part of BookExpo America’s consumer-focused BookCon event; the session was added late to the program after the grassroot campaign’s hashtag went viral following its launch, eliciting more than 162 million tweets since May 1.