Calling All ALA Members! It’s Time to Vote #alavote

It's that time of year again, time to vote for your elected representatives! Did you know only 20% of members voted in last years elections? Come on! We're an outspoken bunch! We have opinions about everything! Its time to put pen to paper (or finger to mouse) and vote (ALA members will receive an email with instructions)! First the self promotion - After careful considering I am running for ALA Councilor-at-Large this year. You can read my statement of professional of concern, bio and endorsements  from others on my council page. I would love to have your vote! In addition to Read more [...]

I am Honored and Humbled to be Included in the 2011 Movers and Shakers.

Three years ago I when I started putting together a list of the Movers & Shakers with links to their blogs and Twitter accounts, it never occurred to me that one day I would be on that list. I am honored (and humbled) to be included with people I know, people I call friends and colleagues including Ned Potter, Courtney Young, Buffy Hamilton, Sue Polanka, Aaron Tay, Cindi Trainor, Anthony Molaro, Sarah Steiner and Gwyneth Jones! Plus so many great people I haven't had the opportunity to work with yet! I have to say thank you to my peeps! I have some fabulous friends and colleagues, and Read more [...]

The Time is Now

Inspired by the Shift Happens deck Ned Potter has created this awesome slideshow. One of Ned's goals/causes is to escape the echo chamber of libraryland so this is aimed at non-librarians. Well done Ned. The time for Libraries is NOW View more presentations from Ned Potter Read more [...]

Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy and America’s Libraries Work Session

This work session for librarians, journalist and citizens will take place starting April 6th, so mark your calendars.  There are some fellowships for attendance for grad students available and you can browse the list of registered attendees. I wish I were able to attend this but I'll be following closely online through the blog and Twitter (hashtag #biblionews) and you can too!   From the website: Libraries and legacy media always shared a common purpose -- helping us acquire the information we need to be engaged, informed (and entertained) citizens. But they used different tools Read more [...]

60 Things We Need Less and More Of, What Would You Add?

Love this list from the Harvard Business Review! WE NEED LESS: WE NEED MORE: Information Wisdom Shallow billionaires Passionate teachers Self-promotion Self-awareness Multitasking Control of our attention Inequality Fairness Sugar Lean protein Action Reflection Super sizes Smaller portions Private jets High-speed trains Calculation Passion Experts Learners Blaming Taking responsibility Judgment Discernment Texting Reading Anger Empathy Output Depth Constructive criticism Thank-you notes Possessions Meaning Righteousness Doing Read more [...]

Is A Boycott of HarperCollins The Right Course of Action at This Time? #hcod #ebookrights

In case you haven't seen it, there is a new site organizing a boycott of HarperCollins. Conversations about this have popped up on Twitter, Facebook and in the comments of my original post about the HarperCollines Fiasco, so  I thought I'd provide a venue for discussion just about this issue. I'm inclined to agree with Toby Greenwalt on this one But I would argue that the picket line isn’t the place for this battle. Rather, I think we need to take this struggle to the boardroom. I'm concerned that boycotting now may make us look hysterical or irrational, not an image we want to take Read more [...]

The eBook User’s Bill of Rights #hcod #ebookrights

Read this. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights is a statement of the basic freedoms that should be granted to all eBook users. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights Every eBook user should have the following rights: the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, Read more [...]

Publishing Industry Forces OverDrive and Other Library eBook Vendors to Take a Giant Step Back

Yesterday I received an email from OverDrive with an attachment titled "OverDrive Partner Library Update from Steve Potash", I glanced at it and filed it away in my to-read pile for a later date (which honestly means I may never have gotten to it). This morning Heather Braum brought it to my attention via this post by Joe Atzberger. The contents of this document are spun in a positive way and there are some great things coming from OverDrive, but in between the good news is some bad news, some really bad news. The first bit - ownership of ebooks will now expire after a certain number of Read more [...]

I Want to Know Your Thoughts on ALA. Love it? Hate it? Tell Me Why

Over the years I've heard complaints about ALA and reasons for not belonging many along the lines of the ones Jim Rettig mentions in his recent article Is the Association Ripe for Rebellion? It costs too much. It should be possible to join one of the Association’s 11 divisions without joining ALA. It doesn’t care about librarians, just about libraries. It spends too much time on issues that aren’t relevant to libraries. It’s a mouthpiece for left-wing radicals. It doesn’t do anything for me. I've steered clear of ALA discussions on this blog for several reasons including Read more [...]