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Library Advocates

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Mar 12
Courtesy of Cecil County Public Library: “What do Americans say about public libraries?”

Courtesy of Cecil County Public Library: “What do Americans say about public libraries?”


Feb 3
Black history books teach children about traditions, unsung heroes

Writing a story about children’s books to read during Black History Month is a painful process, trying to narrow down selections from the many great artists and illustrators who have published books during the past year. Fortunately, the American Library Association announced the Coretta Scott King awards, in addition to the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners, on Jan. 27, so their suggestions top our list of recommended books.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/02/4789739/black-history-books-teach-children.html#storylink=cpy

Black history books teach children about traditions, unsung heroes

Writing a story about children’s books to read during Black History Month is a painful process, trying to narrow down selections from the many great artists and illustrators who have published books during the past year. Fortunately, the American Library Association announced the Coretta Scott King awards, in addition to the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners, on Jan. 27, so their suggestions top our list of recommended books.


Jan 17
Best. Seller.

Best. Seller.


Jan 14
ala-con:

What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?
Librarians applauded when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database in November of last year. In the dismissal of the case, the Court called Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal?
On Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1:00-2:30p.m., Google Legal Counsel Fred von Lohmann will discuss the court ruling of the eight-year Google Book Search lawsuit at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

ala-con:

What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?

Librarians applauded when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database in November of last year. In the dismissal of the case, the Court called Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal?

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1:00-2:30p.m., Google Legal Counsel Fred von Lohmann will discuss the court ruling of the eight-year Google Book Search lawsuit at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting.


Jan 6
aacpl:

Us too, Lisa S. :)

Words to live by.

aacpl:

Us too, Lisa S. :)

Words to live by.


Oct 17
yalsa-ttt:

Truth!

Are there many video games based on books? The Witcher is one I can think of….

yalsa-ttt:

Truth!

Are there many video games based on books? The Witcher is one I can think of….


Oct 7
After several years of intensive ALA advocacy with the nation’s largest publishers to bring ebook titles into libraries, significant progress has been made. Learn about ALA ebook lending initiatives and success stories during ALA’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will explore ALA ebook advocacy efforts and future directions. The member town hall will take place from 11 a.m.– noon Central time, Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Register now.
ALA members will have the opportunity to join ALA President Barbara Stripling, Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan, and the leadership of the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) to learn about ALA ebook activities and plans. Panelists will provide views on the current digital publishing climate and discuss ways that ALA can better advocate for important library interests. Come hear about the inside story of the many trips to New York City made by ALA leadership, including the most recent one completed just this week.

The virtual town hall also will explore emerging subjects in the ebook lending arena, including digital preservation, access to self-published work, and libraries as publishers. An audience question-and-answer period will immediately follow the panel discussion.

After several years of intensive ALA advocacy with the nation’s largest publishers to bring ebook titles into libraries, significant progress has been made. Learn about ALA ebook lending initiatives and success stories during ALA’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will explore ALA ebook advocacy efforts and future directions. The member town hall will take place from 11 a.m.– noon Central time, Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Register now.

ALA members will have the opportunity to join ALA President Barbara Stripling, Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan, and the leadership of the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) to learn about ALA ebook activities and plans. Panelists will provide views on the current digital publishing climate and discuss ways that ALA can better advocate for important library interests. Come hear about the inside story of the many trips to New York City made by ALA leadership, including the most recent one completed just this week.

The virtual town hall also will explore emerging subjects in the ebook lending arena, including digital preservation, access to self-published work, and libraries as publishers. An audience question-and-answer period will immediately follow the panel discussion.


Oct 4
“We have yet to get to equitable access at a reasonable price.”

What’s New With Libraries And Ebooks? In Conversation With The American Library Association - Forbes

Maureen Sullivan still coming down hard and I dig it.

(via bookoisseur)

But you can help! We have resources for readers and librarians to help recruit authors who believe libraries should have fair and equitable access to ebooks. Getting authors on board, adding their voices to ours is a critical step.

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Jul 3
For libraries and library staff concerned with this issue, you may want to check out El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Also known as Día, it is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. Through Día, libraries work to nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
Here are some of the resources ALSC offers for Día.

For libraries and library staff concerned with this issue, you may want to check out El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Also known as Día, it is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. Through Día, libraries work to nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.

Here are some of the resources ALSC offers for Día.

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Jun 27

authorsforlibraryebooks:

These authors support fair and equitable access to library ebooks. Do you? Join us at authorsforlibraryebooks.org.

Authors benefit when libraries have the ability to buy and lend ebooks. Libraries help authors through:

  • Exposure. Libraries help people find you. Readers discover new authors, topics, and genres in our libraries. Libraries help authors get noticed: we host you at author events; we feature your books at book clubs; and we spotlight your titles on our websites.
  • Sales. Research shows that our loans encourage people to buy your books. Additionally, many libraries now provide an option for people to click and “buy-it-now” from our websites.
  • Respect. Libraries honor your work. We protect copyright, and we pay for what we use. We want you to keep writing, and make a living at it.
  • Love of reading. Libraries help grow readers – and writers.  Library lending promotes literacy, exploration, creativity, and innovation.

And yet many ebooks are not available to most libraries at any price? Of those we can buy, libraries frequently pay 150 to 500% more than the consumer price, forcing us to purchase fewer copies for library readers to discover. As more books appear only in electronic form, the situation will become intolerable for our nation’s readers.

We’re really thrilled to get the ball rolling with these incredible authors.

Please follow us at http://authorsforlibraryebooks.tumblr.com/


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