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New York Public Library – Our Most Recommended Books of 2015

From the New York Public website:  “Before we launch headlong into a new year of books, here in Readers Services, we thought it might be fun to reflect on the 365234298657 billion books (an exact number) we recommended in 2015.”

Copyright Tools

Over the past several years, Michael Brewer and the Copyright Advisory Subcommittee of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy have been developing tools to educate librarians, educators and others about copyright. These now include the Public Domain slider, the Section 108 Spinner, the Fair Use Evaluator, and the Exceptions for Instructors eTool. These tools are all available online for anyone to use or link to.

Using these educational tools can help educators and others become more comfortable utilizing the limitations and exceptions to the exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder under U. S. Copyright law.  By exercising these valuable exceptions, we strengthen copyright’s primary purpose-“to promote the progress of science and useful arts” (U. S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8).–From the website.

The Library in the Life of the User : Engaging with People where They Live and Learn

This is an OCLC Research Report that provides the results and analysis of user based research done by Lynn Silipigni Connaway and other authors.  This could be very helpful to library staff in deciding how to create services that best meet the needs of their customers.

OCLC annual report now available

“This year’s report [OCLC Annual Report:] highlights breakthroughs made by sharing knowledge, connecting users, delivering value and transforming spaces. Connect with colleagues around the world through videos, photos and stories that highlight their accomplishments.”– From statement by OCLC.

Public Libraries — Mapped

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has mapped the public libraries of the United States and Puerto Rico here.  There are over 17,000 public libraries, more than the number of McDonald’s (about 14,000) in America and more than the number of Starbuck’s (about 11,000).

Younger American’s Library Habits and Expectations

“Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—exhibit a fascinating mix of habits and preferences when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. Almost all Americans under age 30 are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and internet connections; however, they are also still closely bound to print, as three-quarters (75%) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64% of adults ages 30 and older.”–From the website.  And much more information on the library habits and expectations of young Americans included here.

Digital Public Library of America

“Starting with over two million items, each with its own special story and significance, the Digital Public Library of America will now begin to assemble the riches of our country’s libraries, archives, and museums, and connect them with the public.”–From the website.

Also from the website:  “[T]here will be three key elements to the DPLA:

  • First, an easy-to-use portal where anyone can access America’s collections and search through them using novel and powerful techniques, including by place and time.
  • Second, a sophisticated technical platform that will make those millions of items available in ways so that others can build creative and transformative applications upon them, such as smartphone apps that magically reveal the history around you.
  • Third, along with like-minded institutions and individuals the DPLA will seek innovative means to make more cultural and scientific content openly available, and it will advocate for a strong public option for reading and research in the twenty-first century.”

National Storytelling Network

” The National Storytelling Network brings together and supports individuals and organizations that use the power of story in all its forms.  We advocate for the preservation and growth of the art of storytelling.”–From the website.



This is a search engine designed to lead you from an idea, person, place, etc. in one book to additional titles that feature or discuss whatever interests you.

This accompanying article gives some more infomation about this site: 

Thanks to Alex Peyton from Cordova for this posting.

Overbooked : a resource for ravenous and omnivorous readers

“Was established in 1994 and continues to be an ongoing volunteer project. Overbooked’s mission is to provide timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction for ravenous and omnivorous readers.”–From the website.

Mapping Censorship

“This map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids’ Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.”–From the site.  You can click on locations of censorship to find information about the censorship cases.

Thanks to Mary Seratt, Coordinator of Library Youth Services, MemphisPublic Library & InformationCenter, for this entry.

“Libraries, patrons, and e-books”

These are the findings of a research study conducted by the PewInterent, a project of the PewResearch Center.

From the study:  “Some 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book from a library in the past year.  Most e-book borrowers say libraries are very important to them and their families and they are heavy readers in all formats, including books they bought and books lent to them. E-book borrowers say they read an average (the mean number) of 29 books in the past year, compared with 23 books for readers who do not borrow e-books from a library. Perhaps more striking, the median (midpoint) figures for books reportedly read are 20 in the past year by e-book borrowers and 12 by non-borrowers.”

It is interesting and satisfying to see that most e-book borrowers say that libraries are very important to them and their families.

Web Sites For Book Lovers

The Morton Grove Public Library offers this very extensive list of links to web sites on books, including many that will help a reader find a good book.

eBook Discovery and Sampling Skyrocketing at Public Libraries

OverDrive, the leading world-wide distributor of eBooks and audiobooks, shared some interesting statistics at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference.

Key statistics for library eBooks, audiobooks and digital media from OverDrive-powered ‘Virtual Branch’ websites in 2011 include:

  • 1.6 billion book and title catalog pages viewed, up 130% from 2010
  • 99.5 million visitor sessions, up 107%
  • Mobile device use increased to 22% of all checkouts
  • 35 million digital titles checked out in 2011, with 17 million holds
  • The OverDrive catalog for libraries now includes 700,000 copyrighted eBook, audiobook, music, and video titles in 52 languages, including 300,000 titles added in 2011