Interesting article from NPR on how some libraries are creating “hackerspaces” for their customers.
“Keeping up with the many varieties of digital content—and how libraries can offer them to their patrons—just got easier. American Libraries has launched an “E-Content” blog that provides information on e-books, e-readers, e-journals, databases, digital libraries, digital repositories, and other e-content issues. The blog complements the new section on e-content that appears in the weekly e-newsletter American Libraries Direct and focuses on similar issues.”–From ALA Website.
“This is an annual series initiated under the auspices of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web. “–From the website.
“What is Overbooked?
It is resource for ravenous readers. Special efforts are made to alert readers to books that they may not become aware of via other book-related resources. Like a good library, Overbooked is intended to provide access to all kinds of book-related information.”–From the website. A really good site for reader’s advisory.
“Today, a group of libraries led by the Internet Archive announced a new, cooperative 80,000+ eBook lending collection of mostly 20th century books on OpenLibrary.org, a site where it’s already possible to read over 1 million eBooks without restriction. During a library visit, patrons with an OpenLibrary.org account can borrow any of these lendable eBooks using laptops, reading devices or library computers. This new twist on the traditional lending model could increase eBook use and revenue for publishers.”–From Web Post.
“OCLC’s newest membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available. The new report provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online habits, preferences, and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected the information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.”–From the website.
Interesting article on the future of libraries from the Los Angeles Times.
The Institute of Museum and Library Service has selected the 10 institutions selected to receive the 2010 National Medal For Museum and Library Service. The Nashville Public Library is one of the recipients.
IFLA has released its 2009 Annual Report here.