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.
July 1, 2015
Health literacy is defined in the Affordable Care Act as the ability to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. Health literacy takes many forms, from understanding the instructions on a prescription bottle or a consent form to knowing when and how to get a second opinion. … Continue reading Public Health and Public Libraries
July 1, 2015
The Long Now Foundation is a nonprofit organization fostering long-term thinking, specifically the 10,000 year time span on either side of the year 2000 (8000 BCE–12000 CE). Danielle Engelman, director of programs, began her presentation at ALA Annual with an explanation of Long Now’s signature project, the 10,000 Year Clock. The clock is an icon … Continue reading Library of the Future: Learning with the Long Now Foundation
The E-Content blog provides information about e-publishing, including news and data about ebooks and other forms of digital publishing and technology.
July 29, 2015
I am writing from the Research Institute for Public Libraries, a four-day “data boot camp” at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Our first keynote came from Lee Rainie, director of internet, science, and technology at Pew Research Center. He shared some soon-to-be-published data (keep an eye on libraries.pewinternet.org) that’s worth thinking about. He … Continue reading New Reports: Ebooks, Libraries, and Reading Trends
July 17, 2015
I listened in on a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) webinar on July 15, 2015. The conversation centered on the Open Ebooks Initiative (announced by President Obama on April 30, 2015). In brief, this three-way partnership between the New York Public Library (NYPL), DPLA, and First Book (with support from the Institute of Museum … Continue reading The Open Ebooks Initiative