'LJ,' 'SLJ' Virtual eBook Summit Draws 2,500 Attendees

Calvin Reid from Publishers Weekly reports that the one-day online event was extremely successful. The Summit featured a keynote by technologist Ray Kurzweil and more than 15 hours of presentations, "E-Books: Libraries at the Tipping Point" focused on every aspect of the developing e-book market and its impact on public, school, and academic libraries. Held September 29 and organized by Library Journal and School Library Journal, the virtual "summit" on e-books certainly delivered on its promises.

The web meeting brought together more than 40 respected experts (including this reporter and PW features editor Andrew Albanese) from across the spectrum of library professionals, academia, and tech journalism as well as the LJ/SLJ staff. An audience of more than 2,500 digital attendees (representing more than 800 public libraries, over 400 academic libraries, and more than 400 school libraries) attended the one-day virtual conference. Ian Singer, v-p, content & business development for Media Source, parent company of LJ and SLJ (no longer affiliated with PW), said the conference was meant to address the fact that "public and school libraries are struggling to understand the e-book industry. We wanted to bring libraries and publishers together and offer a huge knowledge dump about what e-books are and what the challenges are for libraries."

Did you attend? What did you think of the event?

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff (TED Talk)

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.

See presentation here:

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Possible Joint Conference of ALA and BEA?

Reed Exhibitions, parent company of BookExpo America, is in discussions with the American Library Association regarding the possibility of taking over ALA's annual convention in June and midwinter meeting in January.

According to Publishers Weekly, the "process is far enough along that Reed has talked to a number of the major trade houses about the prospect and about the idea of combining BEA with the ALA annual meeting." If a deal is reached, "Reed is believed to favor locating BEA and the ALA annual meeting in 2012 in Chicago, creating in effect two shows under one roof."

Please cast your vote in our POLL, above.

Computers in Libraries Call For Speakers

March 21 - March 23, 2011
Hilton Washington, Washington DC
Will You Participate?
Now is Your Chance to Bring Your Voice to CIL 2011
We are pleased to announce the 26th annual Computers in Libraries - the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. Our theme this year is Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities.
If you would like to participate in Computers in Libraries 2011 as a speaker or workshop leader, please submit a proposal as soon as possible (September 15, 2010 at the very latest).

This year's tracks and themes encompass: Community Building; Partnerships & Collaboration; Aligning for Maximum Value; People (skills, organizations, roles); Social Media, Learning & Literacy; Places (virtual & physical); Digital/Virtual Library Services; Research & Innovation; Integrating Systems & Strategies; Information Discovery & Search; Technology Planning; Managing Content & eResources; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Intranets & Portals; Search Engines; Case Studies of Internet & Intranet Librarians as well as Digital Library Managers; Library Automation, Architecture & Infrastructure; Managing Information and Knowledge Assets, eLearning & Training, Web Design & Development, Streaming Multimedia, and more.

Click here for a list of topics. Don't let this list limit your imagination!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jane Dysart
Program Chair


If you weren't able to make it to Comic-Con in San Diego, here's a slide-show of what and whom you might have seen.

[The readers have spoken; if you want to see photos, you're welcome to click through and view them -birdie].


ALA 2010 Post Game

“Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” - Mark Twain

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Huffington Post Previews ALA in DC -- Check In With Boopsie

What do you think of when you hear the word "library?" [ed.-no, not you librarians, the general population]

Go back in time, and you may recall the card catalog, the summer reading club, stacks of books, rows of encyclopedias, maybe some microfiche, and a librarian to help you find the right resource.

Fast forward: today, libraries are a much needed and - as a new research study notes - a much utilized essential service that keeps the books and helpful librarians but also combines technology, training and tools for today's digital society. The changing role of today's public library is on the agenda this week when thousands of librarians, authors, Friends, and library advocates of converge in Washington, D.C., for the American Library Association Annual Conference.
If you need help finding your way around, try Boopsie.

Boopsie has partnered with ALA to bring you ALA Mobile...the fastest, easiest way to access important and useful information about the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., directly from your cell phone.

TEDxNJLibraries Takeaway

cropped-tedxnjlibraries[1]This past Friday, I had the privilege of attending the TEDxNJLibraries conference at the Prince

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Eight universities to host free innovative hybrid conference

State-of-the-art technology joins two presentation campuses and six remote campuses, plus online attendees, in Open Access discussion, a community for educators who use Apple and Apple-related technologies, announced an innovative May 14th conference -- AcademiX 2010. The conference, in its second year, will be attended by educators world-wide, using streaming technology that joins presenters and attendees at MIT and Northwestern University with attendees at six virtual conference campuses -- Duke University, Princeton University, San Diego State University, The Univers

Librarians at BookExpo America

Well, they have alot in common, librarians and booksellers...and publishers, distributors, authors, publicists and other adjuncts in the book-selling industry are trying to attract more librarians to BEA. Makes sense to me.
Lauren Gilbert, information services manager, Cold Spring Harbor (NY) Library, writes in this week's Publishers Weekly, "If Rodney Dangerfield were a librarian at BEA, he might say: “we don't get any respect.” (Dangerfield, M.L.S., has excellent grammar.) Librarians are considered the dowdy, poor relations at the BEA publishing family reunions. We pay less to attend, and we don't spend much money there, and so our long-lost cousins in publishing are not always overjoyed to see us at the party. Last year at BEA, I was amused by the special “librarian-friendly” welcome mats in selected booths, which made me wonder what that implied about the others. But librarians are a big part of BEA—and we could be even bigger."

Here's how BEA is trying to entice librarians to attend the show..."BookExpo America (BEA) is Librarian Friendly and looking forward to having you join us this year. Here are just some of the things you will enjoy and benefit from this year at BEA." The show runs from May 25-27 at the Javits Center in NYC.


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