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Archives for December 2012

Pew: More Patrons Using Mobile Devices to Access Library Websites

Thirteen percent of people aged 16 and older in the United States have used a mobile device to visit a library website or otherwise access library services, according to a national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. This percentage has more than doubled since 2009 the report notes, citing an earlier survey conducted by researchers at the University of Washington.

Was It “Write An Article About Libraries” Week? | LJ Insider

Maybe it was just a slow news week between Christmas and New Year’s, causing editors to pull out the evergreen (pardon the pun) articles. But this past week has been a big one for thinky pieces about the future of libraries in the mainstream media. There’s nothing much new here for the plugged-in librarian, but there may be much that you’ve long been grappling with that patrons are now hearing for the first time. So if you’ve been offline for the holidays, here’s what you missed:

Brian Kenney Featured in NPR Report About eBooks and Libraries; Says Publishers and Libraries Need to Be Creative, Experimental

From an NPR News Report (Based on Audio):

Will loosening up e-lending rules ultimately hurt book sales? Kenney says that’s not necessarily the case. “Because they’re licensed, I would argue publishers have an opportunity here to be creative,” he says. “The HarperCollins model is one interesting model; I would certainly entertain a variety of other models from publishers. … This is a very different world that we’re in, and I think that it’s an opportunity for publishers and librarians to sort of work together to figure out, how can we sustain readers? How can publishers thrive? How can libraries also thrive?”

Publishing: Pearson Makes $89.5 Million Investment in NOOK Media

From a News Release: NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble today announced that Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has agreed to make a strategic investment in NOOK Media. Pearson has agreed to invest $89.5 million in cash in NOOK Media, LLC at a post-money valuation of approximately $1.789 billion in exchange for […]

Remembering Clara Stanton Jones | Backtalk

On October 20 I had the privilege of attending the memorial service for Clara Stanton Jones in Oakland, CA. Her death on September 30 at age 99 gives us the opportunity to pay homage to her, and reflect on of the personal and professional sacrifices of generations of trailblazing librarians. For over a century librarians have been willing to place themselves on the bleeding edge of social change in America, and Clara was a model in that respect.

Pew Internet Releases New Findings About eBook Readers, Devices, and Awareness of eBook Services in U.S. Public Libraries

The report released today (December 27, 2012) is titled: E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines. A PDF version of the complete report is also available. Key Findings The population of e-book readers is growing. In the past year, the number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and […]

Year End Reading: Myths and Fairy Tales | Wyatt’s World

The last days of the year seem a good time to dip into reimagined fairy tales, or myths once told around a fire centuries ago. Here are five books that mine the richness of long-lived legends.  Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown (Palgrave Macmillan) Ragnarok: The End of the […]

CA State Senator Proposes Constitutional Amendment for Library Funding

California State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) introduced an amendment to the state constitution which would make it easier for local governments to raise funds for public libraries. The amendment would reduce the percentage of votes needed to pass such a measure from the two-thirds supermajority currently needed to 55 percent, though still more than a simple majority.

Looking at Logos | The User Experience

With the monthly report due, a budget to balance, or a program to book, thinking about your library’s logo might not be high on your to-do list. After all, logos can seem like pieces of visual fluff that marketing folks just tack on to an organization. It’s unfortunate that logos often get this sort of treatment, because we should take them more seriously.

Finding Joy in the Work | Not Dead Yet

It’s nearing the end of the year, and I find myself reflecting on life, work, meaning, and income tax deductions. As I gather items to take to Goodwill, I’m thinking about what gives life meaning (it ain’t money, that’s for sure), and I realize that in addition to family, friends, and the rest of personal life, my work continues to give me pleasure, in addition to paying the mortgage.