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ALA Releases “Library Privacy Guidelines for Ebook Lending and Digital Content Vendors”
August 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm

On June 29, 2015, the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, “Library Privacy Guidelines for Ebook Lending and Digital Content Vendors.”  The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users,  is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to work together to develop effective…

Press Release: BISG and ALA Announce Research Partnership
February 2, 2015

(Chicago, IL: February 1, 2015) The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the American Library Association (ALA) announced a partnership today to produce a major survey of public library patrons' use of digital content. This is the first time both organizations have engaged in a joint research survey.

Taking A Long-Overdue Sledgehammer To The Public Library
September 10, 2014

The day after the Oakland Public Library reopens after a long weekend, branch manager Nick Raymond doesn't have time to talk. "I could give you maybe five seconds," he says good-naturedly before returning to the flocking patrons.

It's a scene more typical of a blockbuster opening at a movie theater than Wednesday afternoon at a library. But Raymond manages a different kind of collection: Oakland is among a growing number of libraries across the U.S. that lend tools--as in awls, sledgehammers, and hacksaws--as well as other unexpected items like bakeware,

Banned Books Week to Focus on Comics and Graphic Novels
June 10, 2014

This year's theme for Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will concentrate on graphic novels and comic books. The campaign runs from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27.

"This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship," Judith Platt, the chairwoman of the Banned Books Week National Committee, said in a statement.

Press Release: New American Libraries Supplement Examines Major Trends in Digital Content
May 29, 2014

Washington, D.C.-Leading library visionaries and experts discuss trends in digital content technology and the current state of library ebook lending in "Digital Discoveries," a new digital supplement from American Libraries magazine.

"There is some reason for optimism," said Alan S. Inouye, guest editor of the digital supplement and director of the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). "However, there remain many formidable challenges and exciting opportunities for libraries within the digital content realm in the coming years."

Sari Feldman is Elected President of the American Library Association
May 5, 2014

Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Sari Feldman will become president of the American Library Association, the world's oldest library association.

Feldman will be the leading public voice for libraries in the nation during her term, which begins with a year as president-elect, then a year as president and finally a year as immediate past president of the organization.

"Throughout my campaign I challenged our association to engage, innovate and inspire - and I sincerely appreciate the support for that call to action," she said.

Spanish Language Titles Gain Traction in U.S.
April 7, 2014

In recent months, the double-digit sales growth of e-books in English has begun to plateau, but since the Spanish-language book market tends to be around three to five years behind the English-language market, e-book sales of Spanish books in the U.S. are just beginning to gain traction. Publishers of Spanish books based both in the U.S. and abroad are positioning themselves to benefit from the hoped-for uptick in sales.

Libraries Designed without Old-Fashioned Books, for New-Fashioned Readers
March 17, 2014

The new public library on San Antonio’s south side is missing something that once seemed unthinkable: books.

The south central Texas city’s completely digital library, known as the BiblioTech, lets Bexar County readers check out up to five books at a time on their devices from home or wherever they are. Military personnel can even download the latest bestseller from Afghanistan.

No device? No problem.

Locals can check out tablets or e-readers for free. Or they can use the library’s 48 iMAC desktop computers.

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Elsevier Opens Its Papers to Text-Mining
February 6, 2014

Academics: prepare your computers for text-mining. Publishing giant Elsevier says that it has now made it easy for scientists to extract facts and data computationally from its more than 11 million online research papers. Other publishers are likely to follow suit this year, lowering barriers to the computer-based research technique. But some scientists object that even as publishers roll out improved technical infrastructure and allow greater access, they are exerting tight legal controls over the way text-mining is done.