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 [...]

TechSoup Global Contributors Summit Notes

Last week I had the honor of attending the TechSoup Global Contributors Summit. When I received the invitation from Sarah at TechSoup for Libraries I knew I had to go for several reason including escaping the echo chamber and it was at the Microsoft campus in Silicon Valley. :-) Some background about TechSoup: TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. As part of that goal, we provide technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges Read more [...]

Top Ten Links 2.6 – Integrity, Broadband, The Future of Learning, Fake Facebook and Employee Appreciation

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 2.6.2011 through 2.12.2011.  In no particular order 1. cool! Tool To Create Fake Facebook Walls For Historical or Fictitious Characters via @web20classroom@gwynethjones - just what it says a My Fake Wall gives you everything you need to create a face Facebook wall making it easy to add posts, pictures, events, comments and more. 2. read this! BBC: Are libraries finished? Arguments for & against http://bbc.in/fkZFcr #tlchat #library via @joycevalenza The article is broken down into Only at a Library and Only Online Read more [...]

eBooks and Libraries – We’re Screwed. But Wait! There’s Hope!

Last September I participated in the virtual Summit Ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point hosted by Library Journal and Library School Journal. One of the sessions everyone was, and still is, talking about was the talk by Eli Neiburger (Neibruger is an Associate Director for IT and Producation at a public library and Library Renewal board member). Thanks to the magic of the Internet and YouTube the talk is available online for free. One of the reasons I'm blogging this when so many other people already have is because others have focused on the screwed part. (Let's not get into to possible Read more [...]

Use PostPost to Get the Best News and Information from Facebook

I get asked a lot how I keep up or "do it all" so I thought I'd start sharing some of my favorite tools. I cant' remember how I discovered PostPost, but I do know this it has made it insanely easy to get the good stuff from Facebook. It's easy to set up and use, first go to postpost.com allow access to your Facebook account, after that when you visit postpost.com it gives you a custom view of the links your contacts have posted to Facebook in a newspaper style view. You can choose to just see video, photos or links so no matter what you're looking for its right there. My contacts share a lot Read more [...]

OITP and Digital Literacy Portfolio! Plus NTIA and a Digital Literacy Portal

I can't tell you how excited I was to see this announcement from OITP (Office of Information Technology Policy, ALA) yesterday! Libraries are key players when we talk about digital literacy and education. Though as I've noted before we are often overlooked in reports from other institutions and organizations, most recently, as in the Digital and Media Literacy Plan of Action white paper by Renee Hobbs. I am pleased that OITP is working on a digital literacy portfolio and taking action that will help put libraries at the forefront of digital literacy training and education: The ALA Office Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life Project In The Guardian #libday6 #echolib

I was thrilled to discover the Library Day in the Life Project was mentioned in a recent article in The Guardian for a couple of reason. First it awesome to see it mentioned in The Guardian! Second, Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood have written a great article highlighting what it takes to be a librarian today. Beyond books: What It Takes to be a 21st century Librarian: From Connecting With People to Keeping Up With the Latest Technologies, There is a Whole Lot More to the Job Than Stamping Due Dates: As well as being good communicators with people and active adopters and exploiters of technological Read more [...]

Phil Bradley’s Save Libraries Posters & Bumper Stickers

I just love these! Phil Bradley has used the magic of Paintshop Pro and Photoshop to modify World War I and World War II posters to have a save libraries message. You can see the whole set on Flickr. A couple of weeks ago he put together some very witty save libraries themed bumper stickers, my favorite being Libraries; more precious than the Ring. Libraries; tastier than 2 hobbits breakfasts. Libraries; more trustworthy than the Fellowship He's put some of these over in a Zazzle shop so you can get some awesome library swag, with proceeds going to charity so get yours today! Read more [...]