[Libs-Or] Fwd: [PubLib] New ALA Report: Libraries on the Offense in the Dgital Revolution

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Wed May 27 17:08:57 PDT 2015

Thought this might be of interest.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jazzy Wright <jwright at alawash.org>
Date: Wed, May 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM
Subject: [PubLib] New ALA Report: Libraries on the Offense in the Dgital
To: PUBLIB at oclc.org

Hello all,

I'm writing to send you a new ebook report from the American Library
Association. Today, the American Library Association's Office for
Information Technology Policy released Digital Futures, a new report that
explores the ways that libraries are innovating and leading in the digital
revolution. The press release below includes a link to the full report.
Thank you.

Warm regards,

Jazzy Wright
Press Officer
American Library Association, Washington Office
(202) 628-8410, ext. 8208 (Office)
(202) 870-7730 (Cell)
jwright at alawash.org

New American Libraries supplement finds libraries on the offense in the
digital revolution

Washington, D.C.-Moving ahead is the overarching theme of the new digital
supplement Digital Futures<
from American Libraries magazine (access the report:
This report from the American Library Association (ALA) features articles
both on how libraries are innovating and leading, as well as paths ahead
for taking the initiative.

"I'm so pleased to see story after story about librarians being proactive
related to the opportunities and challenges presented by the digital
revolution," said ALA President Courtney Young. "For example, the National
Digital Platform proposed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS) will accelerate the necessary trend of increased sharing of
technology tools and services across libraries, as discussed in an article
by Maura Marx, IMLS acting director, and Trevor Owens, IMLS senior program

In the report, two articles focus on particular innovative projects. In
"Click, Click, Read," Micah May, director of business development at New
York Public Library (NYPL), and James English, Library Simplified product
owner at NYPL, tell the story of Library Simplified, a service under
development that may ease ebook access for library users. Larra Clark,
deputy director of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP),
describes some of the digital innovation project ideas recently funded by
the Knight Foundation in "Empowering Libraries to Innovate."

A trio of articles hones in on future directions for libraries and ebooks.
In "Building Out the Book Niches," Shannon Okey, publisher of Cooperative
Press, makes the case for heightened attention to smaller publishers, while
Tim McCall, former vice president at Penguin Group USA, posits that the
education market will be the next big disruption for libraries and ebooks
in "Digital Library 2.0." In "ALA's DCWG, Ebooks, and Directions," Carolyn
Anthony, director, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library, brings together these
threads and other ALA priority directions.

"Being on offense includes both taking action and planning for future
action," said Alan S. Inouye, guest editor of the supplement and director
of ALA OITP. "Thus, the final four articles articulate areas in which the
library community has a particular opportunity and responsibility to
emphasize in the near-term." James G. Neal, university librarian emeritus
at Columbia University, warns us that "we are in trouble" regarding
born-digital materials and digital preservation in his article "Preserving
the Born-Digital Record." There are some specific actions that we can take
to improve our management of digital privacy in libraries and upgrade the
user experience, explains Eric Hellman, president of Gluejar, in "Toward
the Post-Privacy Library?"

Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
(CCPL) and ALA president-elect and Hallie Rich, director of communications
and external relations at CCPL, urge us to reconsider how we can recruit
the best and brightest into librarianship and what skills these students
must possess in "Transforming the Library Profession." Finally, Vailey
Oehlke, director of the Multnomah County (Ore.) Library and president-elect
of the Public Library Association and Alan S. Inouye conclude the
supplement with "A Policy Revolution for Digital Content," which lays out
an overall framework for how the library community needs to be ever-more
proactive in its national policy advocacy.

Digital Futures<
is the fifth American Libraries magazine supplement on ebooks and digital
content. For more information about the ALA's digital content activities,
visit the American Libraries E-content blog<

Join the digital content discussion at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in
San Francisco. At the session "Making Progress in Digital Content," Digital
Content Working Group (DCWG) co-chairs Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke
discuss the latest trends and then moderate a panel with Yoav Lorch
(TotalBooX) and Monica Sendze (Odilo). The session takes place Sunday, June
28,  from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Moscone Convention Center, West
Building, Room 2018. Print copies of this supplement will be available at
the session.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library
association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic,
public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the ALA
is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of
library and information services and the profession of librarianship in
order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Post to publib at oclc.org
To drop or change your list settings
List archives at

*Diedre Conkling*

*Lincoln County Library DistrictP.O. Box 2027Newport, OR 97365Phone & Fax:
541-265-3066Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*
<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
*Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

 “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change
your attitude.”―Maya Angelou
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://omls.oregon.gov/pipermail/libs-or/attachments/20150527/e49c89dc/attachment.html>

More information about the Libs-Or mailing list