Washington, DC — Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the e-book market, the American Library Association (ALA) today released “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries (PDF),” a report that describes general features and attribu
Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the ebook market, the American Library Association released “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries,” a report that describes general features and attributes of the current ebook environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models.</p>
Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores the competing concerns that face America’s libraries: cumulative budget cuts which threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training, and the chronic presence of the digital divide.</p>
<span>CHICAGO—The </span><a href="http://www.ala.org/ascla">Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)</a><span> and the </span><a href="http://www.ala.org/pla">Public Library Association (PLA)</a><span> are teaming up to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.—an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute consultation sessions from professional library consultants, and those consultants interested in offering their services as a part of this event can now register online.</span></p>
CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will host three half-day workshops in Anaheim covering library marketing and development, public library services to the visually and physically impaired and public library partnerships with jails and prisons.