The Library as Lifeline: Getting Past Superstorm Sandy

December 28, 2012

Library workers know that public libraries provide essential services. We live it every day. Until Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on tens of thousands in New York and New Jersey in October 2012, we at Queens Library didn’t realize how pivotal our role is in our communities. As the extent of the damage became apparent, so … Continue reading The Library as Lifeline: Getting Past Superstorm Sandy


ALA and FIL: A Powerful Partnership

December 21, 2012

  Author Jonathan Franzen, an opening speaker at the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL) held November 24–December 2 in Guadalajara, Mexico, captured the event’s mainstream impact when he exclaimed, “How marvelous that the cultural calendar of Guadalajara is determined by books.” The 2012 fair marked the 13th year of the ALA-FIL partnership. The event … Continue reading ALA and FIL: A Powerful Partnership


ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement on E-Content Pricing

November 19, 2012

A majority of the 57 state and regional chapters of the American Library Association have signed a joint statement in opposition to the practices of publishers and distributors that have established unfair pricing in the sale of ebooks to libraries. ALA President Maureen Sullivan commented, “This joint statement underscores how critical this issue is for … Continue reading ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement on E-Content Pricing


Libraries Weather the Superstorm

November 4, 2012

Beyond temporary power outages and minor wind and water damage, libraries along the Atlantic coast weathered Superstorm Sandy fairly well, considering all the flooding and destruction inflicted on homes and businesses. Although some areas of central New Jersey were still without power six days after the storm, many public libraries in affected states were powered … Continue reading Libraries Weather the Superstorm


Reports still coming in on library flooding from Hurricane Sandy

October 31, 2012

News coverage and reports from state libraries offered little information about damage to public and academic libraries in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Atlantic Coast five miles southwest of Atlantic City, New Jersey, on the evening of October 29. Many public libraries, including the New York Public Library, remained closed on October … Continue reading Reports still coming in on library flooding from Hurricane Sandy


Pew Study Looks at Younger Readers (16 – 29) and Libraries

October 23, 2012

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project looks at how young Americans interact with libraries and books of all types. Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits pulls out data from an earlier study on libraries to just look at readers aged 16–29. The results are relatively predictable. Despite dire warnings, this … Continue reading Pew Study Looks at Younger Readers (16 – 29) and Libraries



ALA Releases “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries”

August 8, 2012

Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the ebook market, the ALA today released “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries” (PDF file) a report that describes general features and attributes of the current ebook environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content … Continue reading ALA Releases “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries”


ARL Meets in Chicago

May 4, 2012

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) met in Chicago May 2–4 for its 160th Membership Meeting. The group meets twice a year in the spring and fall to review its finances, activities, projects, and priorities, and to allow its committees to convene. Founded in Chicago in 1932, ARL’s membership now consists of 126 academic, public, … Continue reading ARL Meets in Chicago


Discovering Digital Collections

January 22, 2012

“I have a fantasy about a traveling digitization van (called perhaps the Scooby 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, staff writer/editor and social media coordinator at Cornell University Library, in introducing the ALA Office … Continue reading Discovering Digital Collections



CES: The Librarian’s Takeaway

February 28, 2011

While ALA Midwinter 2011 was starting in beautiful San Diego, I was on a plane to a different, but equally sunny destination—Las Vegas, Nevada—to attend the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show . . . me, and 160,000 others. CES is the largest consumer electronics show in the world, with journalists, retail buyers, and manufacturers all … Continue reading CES: The Librarian’s Takeaway