Tag Archives: public libraries

Keynote, Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries in Closing the Digital Skills Gap

I had the honor of delivering the keynote at the Lexington County Public Library this week. 10/18/2014 update: I was very impressed with the administration and staff at the library. There were so many great things about this trip but I want to point out two. First, each branch provided a passive programming idea that […]

Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support

Last week the Pew Internet and American Life Project released their latest report on the role of libraries in the digital age. I have loved being involved with this project and was excited for this latest report to go live. I was also nervous. Along with the typology of library users Pew was releasing data […]

Aspen Institute Announces Dialogue on Public Libraries

A couple of weeks ago The Aspen Institute announced a “working group to shape vision for public libraries.” I get pretty excited about groups that are not libraries working on the future of libraries especially policy and research focused groups. I am really looking forward to reading what comes out of this dialogue. If you are […]

Recommendations for Digital Literacy Program and Libraries

I am pleased to report that ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force (of which I was a member, it has disbanded) released the final Conclusions and Recommendations for Digital Literacy Programs and Libraries. You can download the full report and read the blog post at Digital Dispatch. I have highlighted some sections I believe are […]

Libraries: Good For the Waistline

This is a half thought out mash-up of two things that crossed my path this week. The first was the article in the Wall Street Journal “The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s“. Which covers what many of us already know – the digital divide is real, 33 million American’s do not have broadband service at home. […]

Working with eBooks? Please Take this Pew Survey

Actually there are two surveys – one for those working in libraries and one for patrons. If you work in a library and work with ebooks please take a few minutes to take the first survey. Please share the second survey with your patrons. The surveys will be live April 16 through May 18. The […]

Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries

Yesterday the big news online was Penguin Groups decision to withhold new titles from OverDrive, meaning new Penguin titles are no longer available for library patrons to check out. Additionally Penguin has requested that OverDrive no longer allow library patrons to check out existing Penguin titles on Kindle devices and apps. Penguin’s Official Statement emphasis added by me Penguin has […]


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