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Sunday, May 24, 2015

BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

The future of libraries is filled with potential, according to Palfrey, the former director of the Harvard Law School Library and founding chair of the Digital Public Library of America. His new book carves out a strong and exciting vision for libraries in the 21st century, one that maintains the core activities of librarianship (“ensuring access to and preservation of information”), by combining the virtues of the library as a public space situated in a community with the vast networking capabilities afforded by the digital era. Palfrey, a passionate advocate for libraries, underlines their importance—but make no mistake, his book is not so much an ode to libraries as a stark wake-up call. The question that looms throughout is whether libraries will even continue to exist. To that end, he paints a harsh reality of the crisis currently facing libraries as they “awkwardly” straddle the analog and digital spheres: “on the one hand, the public sentiment that the digital era has made libraries less relevant, and on the other, the growing number of expectations we have for libraries, stemming in no small part from the very digitalization that the public assumes is making them obsolete.”
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why I Read the Most Controversial Books in Print Today

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Booksellers, Librarians Push for Passage of USA Freedom Act

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Audiobooks: Where They’ve Been & Where They’re Headed

Audio Publishers Association executive director Michele Cobb on the future of the audiobook industry.   April 2015 By Michele Cobb, Executive Director, APA

Image result for audio booksI always refer to audio publishers as digital pioneers. Long before the rise of the ebook we sat in stuffy conference rooms and discussed the importance of good metadata and the best methods for file transfers or website downloads or digital sampling. With the turning of the 20th century and the introduction of this funky little device called the iPod the audiobook world was revolutionized. Suddenly, audiobooks stopped taking up physical space. People could carry 20 audiobooks wherever they went. And they did.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Most Parents Prefer Print: INFOGRAPHIC

firstbook304By Maryann Yin 
First Book has created an infographic to show that “Parents Value Printed Books.” According to the company’s blog post, “a recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that 9 out of 10 parents of children under 18 say it’s important to them that their children read printed books.” We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further. To learn more about kids and reading, check out Scholastic’s “What Do Kids Want in Books?” piece and BookUp’s “Reading Among Teenagers in Decline” piece.

Monday, May 4, 2015

When it comes to books, libraries and publishers should be in it together, argues a leading marketing expert

Publishers are running out of space. Not in their headquarters, some of which are larger and more imposing than ever, but in retail. The number of booksellers has been dwindling since the demise of Borders, and the largest book retailer today is Amazon, which has no physical space at all. So the question is, where can publishers showcase new books? If only there were a space dedicated primarily to reading that hundreds of millions of Americans visit annually. If only there existed a trusted space, free of the revenue pressure that necessitates displaying lightly pornographic books of debatable quality. If only there were a space largely inhabited by active readers, where publishers could showcase new authors or shine new light on talented mid-listers.
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Baltimore Libraries Stay Open Through Riots, Because ‘The Community Needs Us’

All library locations, including those at the epicenter of the riots, are welcoming patrons today.  by kat rosenfield 4/28/2015

You can find more than books at the Baltimore public library today, as all branches remain open and fully staffed in the wake of protests and riots that have rocked the city. With a state of emergency declared and schools closed citywide Tuesday morning, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has chosen to stay open, providing a hub of comfort and community to all Baltimore neighborhoods, including the ones most affected by the mayhem.

“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” library Director of Communications Roswell Encina told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

RHCB Ups First Print Run on New Seuss to 1 Million

What Pet Should I Get?Random House Children’s Books has increased its first printing on What Pet Should I Get?, a new picture book by the late Dr. Seuss, from 500,000 to 1 million. The book, which goes on sale July 28, was first announced in February, after the unpublished manuscript was rediscovered by Seuss's (given name, Ted Geisel), widow, Audrey Geisel, and his longtime secretary and friend, Claudia Prescott, in fall 2013.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Rally around reading: Scholastic study shows how to get kids to read more, and why

  More Content NowBy Melissa Erickson
Posted Apr. 7, 2015 at 10:15 PM 

Studies show that the more kids read, the better they read and the more pleasure they get out of reading. So how can you get your kids to read more? Scholastic recently released the fifth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report, and it offers insight on how to get students reading and some surprising facts.
Providing encouragement and time “both in school and at home for children of all ages to enjoy books they choose to read will help them discover the power and joy of reading,” said Francie Alexander, chief academic officer at Scholastic. “These tactics will also help to motivate kids to read more books, which will improve their skills and open a world of possibilities for them in the future.”
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