The concept of World Book Night, April 23, 2012, is simple. Just sign up by February 1 as a volunteer to give away 20 copies of a popular book to new or reluctant readers in your community to encourage reading.
Dallas Public Library is moving to a more community-based, content-driven approach “not necessarily owning stuff anymore, but providing access to information,” DPL Interim Library Director Corinne Hill told the audience attending the “Reimagining the Public Library in a Post-Recession Economy” program Saturday, part of the ALA Masters Series.
The lone resolution on the agenda of the first session of ALA’s governing Council Sunday was postponed until the second session Monday as councilors sailed through the agenda, ending a half-hour early.
“I have a fantasy about a traveling digitization van (called perhaps the Scan-a-Van) filled with tech-savvy librarians and tons of equipment that goes from place to place to demonstrate the value of digital collections in libraries,” said Gwen Glazer, social media coordinator at Cornell University’s Olin Library, in introducing the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s breakout session, “Online and Above the Radar: Ensuring the Use and Discoverability of Digital Collections,” on Saturday morning.
Five librarians associated with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement’s People’s Library offered their views on democracy, protest, and the difficulties of providing reader’s services under radically different circumstances at “A Library Occupies Wall Street,” Saturday morning as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting Masters Series.
Many librarians love to use open-source software, but are reluctant to contribute their code back to the community. At LITA’s Drupal4Lib Interest Group discussion, Chair Nina McHale presented the results of a survey of librarians that tried to find out why.
In the well-attended “Do I Own These Ebooks or Not?” session, Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler spoke to the ALA Washington Office’s Carrie Russell about her experiences when the Kansas Digital Library Consortium’s ebook contract was up for renewal, and the vendor proposed a 700% cost increase, and more importantly, would have eliminated the consortium’s ownership o
One out of every two or three Americans is an introvert, said Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Cain addressed a crowd of roughly 300 people on January 21 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, where she noted that many people in the US hide their introversion because we see ourselves as a nation of extroverts—“b