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Bestselling authors call for library ebook lending

“Today, Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association, announced the launch of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Bestselling authors Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult are helping kick off the campaign.” (via District Dispatch)

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ALA Joins Others to Demand Civil Liberties

“The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress, calling for a congressional investigation committee, similar to the Church Committee of the 1970s. The letter is in response to the recent leaking of highly classified documents about the government’s monitoring of private Internet and telephone communications.” (via District Dispatch)

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Winning Libraries Share Cutting-edge Services at Annual Conference

“Does your library offer cutting-edge library services? Learn about how four ALA-recognized libraries are using cutting-edge technologies in their libraries during the session “Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services,” which will be held June 30, 2013, from 8:30–10:00a.m. in McCormick Place Convention Center room N427BC. The Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services recognition is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association and showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods.” (via District Dispatch)

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New ALA Supplement Looks at ‘Faustian Bargains’ of Digital

“Just weeks before the American Library Association annual conference, a new ALA-sponsored report, entitled Digital Content: What’s Next?, examines how libraries are evolving in the digital revolution, from e-books, to licensing, to developments in self-publishing. The supplement also details progress made by the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group. Contributors include Publishers Weekly contributing editor Peter Brantley, director of scholarly communication at Hypothes.is, whose piece, “The Unpackaged Book,” examines ways in which the “fundamental model of libraries, publishers, distributors, and books will need further re-engineering.” (via )

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‘Fifty Shades’ of complaints: Erotic trilogy makes list of challenged books

“Here’s a list “Fifty Shades of Grey” was destined to make: The books most likely to be removed from school and library shelves. On Monday, E L James’ multimillion selling erotic trilogy placed No. 4 on the American Library Association’s annual study of “challenged books,” works subject to complaints from parents, educators and other members of the public. The objections: Offensive language, and, of course, graphic sexual content.”(

via AP)

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Aaron Swartz to Be Honored by Library Association

“The Internet activist Aaron Swartz will be awarded the American Library Association’s James Madison Award on Friday as part of the group’s Freedom of Information Day event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Swartz, who committed suicide in January in the midst of a federal prosecution for document theft, will be honored for his efforts to promote open access to research and government information, according to the group’s president, Maureen Sullivan.”

via NYTimes.com

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A Colorful Anniversary: The Caldecott Medal Turns 75

“Some children’s book illustrators might not have gotten a lot of sleep over the weekend. That’s because they might have been wondering if this could be the year they win one of the grand prizes of children’s literature: the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This year is the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott, which is given to the most distinguished children’s picture book of the year. The winner is being named Monday morning at a meeting of the American Library Association.”

via NPR

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ALA launches E-book Media & Communications Toolkit

“As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?” To assist libraries in informing the public about e-book lending practices, the American Library Association (ALA) released today the “ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit,” a set of materials that will support librarians in taking action in their communities.”

via American Libraries Magazine

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New ALA e-books and digital content website highlights business models and access issues

“The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the release of a new website that provides links to resources on all aspects of e-books and digital content in libraries. The website, part of the Transforming Libraries initiative, supports the work of the ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group. “The Transforming Libraries website was created to support the immediate and ongoing demands put on libraries in a digital environment that continues to expand at warp speed,” said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. “The new site offers a robust collection of resources that address the diverse digital content issues with which we currently wrestle, and will continue to grow and evolve into the authoritative resource for information on all aspects of the digital revolution. This will include research, tutorials, networking and other resources for libraries of all types.”

via American Libraries Magazine

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U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services despite budget cuts

“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 that threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training and the chronic presence of the digital divide. More Americans than ever turn to their libraries for access to essential technology services, with 62 percent of libraries reporting that they are the only provider of free computer and Internet access in their community. More than 60 percent of libraries report increased public use of computers and Wi-Fi over the past year. These findings are among the highlights of the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, produced by the American Library Association (ALA) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

via American Library Association.

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