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  • ALA Summit Under Way at Library of Congress

    ALA executive director Keith Fiels told PW the event was designed to help "get in front of things that might affect libraries in the long term.”

  • The P&L Sheet: My Year of Reading Quickly

    This past year I served on the selection committee for the American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction—a task I undertook with a good amount of dread.

  • Total Boox Offers a Week of Free Reading

    Total Boox, an unusual e-book delivery service based on metered reading, is making its library of 20,000 e-book titles available to the public to read entirely for free during the week of April 13 to April 20.

  • ALA: 'Captain Underpants' Most Challenged Book of 2013

    Compiled annually by the ALA, the list collects "reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals and press reports."

  • ALA Report: School Libraries Under Fire

    Libraries remain popular, but the American Library Association's State of American Libraries report also features a sobering message: school libraries have been devastated by budget cuts nationwide.

  • Check it Out with Michael Kelley: Simon & Schuster’s E-book Lending Pilot

    When it comes to the library e-book lending market, it’s fair to say that Simon & Schuster has been the most cautious of the major houses.

  • Tips for Librarians: Spanish Books Spring 2014

    While many public libraries in the U.S. have been serving Spanish-speaking patrons for years, in some parts of the country libraries are just beginning to engage this part of the community.

  • "What Does All This Have To Do With Libraries?"

    For me, the Public Library Association Conference—held every two years—is the single most important event for gauging where public libraries are headed. And this month’s event didn’t disappoint.

  • Library Lover, or Distant Admirer?

    On March 13, the Pew Research Center published a “typology” that profiled Americans’ information- and tech-oriented behaviors, and their associated library use.

  • Pew: Americans are ‘Actively Engaged’ with Public Libraries

    Calling it “the first of its kind” Pew officials said the report, “sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the U.S.”

  • Check It Out With Michael Kelley: The Digital Public Library of America

    When it was first proposed, the Digital Public Library of America—a visionary project that aims to make discoverable and accessible online the gems of local library collections nationwide—drew many questions.

  • Cut to the Core: Resource Selection and the Common Core

    The rollout of the Common Core standards may be mired in controversy, but the education materials marketplace is booming.

  • Check It Out with Michael Kelley: Small Libraries Make a Big Impact

    Big libraries get all the attention. But in late September of 2013, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) issued an interesting report on small and rural libraries in the United States.

  • ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia: A PW Photo-Essay

    We spotted a number of authors and illustrators at the ALA midwinter conference in Philadelphia, and we've rounded up some of the photographic highlights for you.

  • ALA Midwinter 2014: Pew Previews Library User Typology

    At the ALA Midwinter Conference this past Sunday, Lee Rainie discussed the latest Pew Research Center Library survey and announced plans to develop a widget that will provide librarians with community-specific data.

  • The User Is (Still) Not Broken

    Revisiting "The User Is Not Broken: A Meme Masquerading as a Manifesto" eight years after it was first published.

  • BiblioBoard Adds New Publishers

    BiblioBoard, an app and e-publishing platform focused on libraries that gives them the ability to loan a wide variety of e-book content to patrons, has added more than 370 publishers to its content pool.

  • Simon & Schuster Expands Library E-Book Program

    After entering the library e-book market last April with a pilot, Simon & Schuster is expanding its program to more libraries, and adding OverDrive as a vendor.

  • Check it Out with Michael Kelley: ALA's Code of Conduct

    Does the American Library Association have an issue with harassment at its conferences?

  • Cut to the Core: Better Luck Next Year

    Fall 2013 will be remembered as the season that the Common Core State Standards began to take effect—and it was a rocky rollout indeed. As the calendar marks a new year, we pause now to reflect upon what has been a bumpy first few months.

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