July 1, 2015

ALA Releases State of American Libraries 2012 Report


From the News Release: Publishers limiting library e-book lending, budget cuts and book challenges are just a few library trends of the past year that are placing free access to information in jeopardy.  These trends as well as other are detailed in the 2012 State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library […]

New Policy Brief from ALA: "Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting Bolsters the Knowledge Economy"

Title Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting Bolsters the Knowledge Economy Author Jessie L. Mannisto Source Office of Information Technology Policy American Library Association Series OITP Perspectives #2 Summary While constant access to information enabled by digital devices has done much to improve our lives, it also exacts costs with respect to our attention and productivity that […]

"Ebook Talks Continued: ALA Meets with Distributors"

From American Libraries: ALA President Molly Raphael prepared this summary of the meetings of members of the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group with ebook distributors at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, as well as a panel she moderated at the Association of American Publishers meeting: At last week’s Public Library Association […]

JHU's Winston Tabb is the Winner of ALA's 2012 Patterson Copyright Award Winner

via ALA’s District Dispatch: Winston Tabb, Dean of Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. Mr. Tabb was appointed to the National Board of the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) by President Obama in […]

Booklist Adds Popular Backlist-Focused Blog "Shelf Renewal" to Growing List

From an ALA News Release: The highly regarded blog Shelf Renewal, dedicated to readers’ advisory focusing on backlist titles, has joined the Booklist family of blogs. The idea of the blog was born at ALA Annual Conference in 2008, when librarians Karen Kleckner Keefe and Rebecca Vnuk (now Booklist editor for reference and collection management) attended a […]

ALA President Reports on Recent Meeting With Publishers + Comments from Publishers About Talks

First, comments from ALA President, Molly Raphael. Then, a few comments from INFOdocket. Finally, a report from LJ with comments from the publishers who were at the meeting. From an American Libraries Post from ALA President, Molly Raphael: As recently reported, I led an ALA delegation to New York last week to meet separately with […]

Info About Recently Adopted ALA Resolution on Publishers and Practices that Discriminate Against Library Users

The resolution discussed below was adopted at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. From ALA: In a resolution adopted by the Council of the American Library Association (ALA), it has been resolved that the ALA: 1. Opposes any discriminatory policies of publishers and distributors which adversely impact access to content by library users. 2. […]

"How To Use the ALA Washington Office: A Quick Reference Guide"

The guide now includes a second page listing issues that the Washington office is working on. Direct to Guide (2 pages; PDF) Note: This document was formerly known as “Key Washington Office Web Pages: A Quick Reference Guide.”

ALA To Meet With Top Executives of Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin on Ebook Lending

From Library Journal by Michael Kelley: “We asked for it and we got both the CEOs of Macmillan and S&S to be at our meetings along with a number of senior staff of these companies,” said Molly Raphael, the president of ALA. “I think they are at least interested in having some kind of dialogue, […]

ALA Launches Huron Street Press, New Imprint Aimed at Both Consumer and Library Markets

From the American Library Association: Taking ALA Publishing beyond its traditional market of library and information professionals, the American Library Association announces the launch of a new publishing imprint, Huron Street Press. In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all, Huron Street Press will publish a variety of titles designed […]