Press Release: New American Libraries Supplement Examines Major Trends in Digital Content
Roger Rosen provides a publisher's perspective on the value of school libraries in the digital era. In "Digital Resources in School Libraries," he explains how libraries are the "go-to destination for digital empowerment, training, and discovery" and how librarians are those that he "trust[s] the most to separate the music from the noise."
In "Ebook Discovery," Larra Clark, director of the ALA Program on Networks, explores ways that libraries can better connect readers to new ebook writers and titles. Libraries are currently increasing ebook exposure and expanding their digital services in a host of ways, including partnering with ebook distributors, developing mobile apps for readers and increasing engagement with social media technology.
Pew Internet Project researchers Kathryn Zickuhr and Lee Rainie provide perspectives based on three years of Pew reports on the rise in digital services in libraries in "A New Way of Looking at Public Library Engagement in America." According to research cited in the article, Americans' connection-or lack of connection-with public libraries is part of their broader information and social landscape. The authors reference research showing that people who value and utilize public libraries most heavily tend to be active in other parts of their communities.
The digital supplement concludes with a futuristic perspective on emerging digital technologies in "Through the Google Glass, Dimly," written by Roger E. Levien, president of Strategy and Innovation Consulting. Levien focuses on how to conceptualize the revolution in digital content, which facilitates envisioning where libraries fit in the reading ecosystem. Robert J. Rua of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library provides a case study of a newspaper transitioning to the digital era and its collaboration with the local library.
The supplement Digital Discoveries is the fourth American Libraries magazine supplement on ebooks and digital content. For more information about the ALA's digital content activities, visit the American Libraries E-content blog. Read the full report: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/28a54223