The Scoop

The Scoop is the American Libraries blog and covers a wide range of issues related to libraries and librarians, including conference posts about ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference. The section also provides news, features, Q&As, photos, videos, slide shows, and other coverage of the industry.

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    National Library Workers Day

    April 14, 2015

    Tuesday, April 14 marks National Library Workers Day. First celebrated in 2004, the day acknowledges all library employees, including librarians, support staff, and others who play a vital role in connecting library users with the information and critical technology resources needed to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. These library professionals make library service … Continue reading National Library Workers Day

  • The State of America's Libraries 2015

    The State of America’s Libraries 2015

    April 13, 2015

    According to The State of America’s Libraries Report 2015 released April 13 by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as community anchors, centers for academic … Continue reading The State of America’s Libraries 2015


The E-Content blog provides information about e-publishing, including news and data about ebooks and other forms of digital publishing and technology.

  • Big Five publishers ebook matrix

    Publishers, Distributors, and Consortia

    April 22, 2015

    If you’ve been following the E-Content blog, you know that we’ve been keeping track of the Big Five publishers (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette Book Group) and the terms they offer to libraries for their ebooks. Today’s updated matrix (PDF file) provides a complete list of the distributors that each publisher … Continue reading Publishers, Distributors, and Consortia

  • DCL Ebook Report, April 2015

    April 15, 2015

    The Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries Pricing Comparison for April (PDF file) shows a continuing trend with library ebook prices running at an average of 5.3 times the consumer price. This month’s comparison is based on the Digital Book World top 25 ebook bestsellers as of March 21. But it doesn’t seem to matter which bestseller … Continue reading DCL Ebook Report, April 2015