April 15, 2014

Recorded Books Rolls Out IndieFlix Movie Streaming Service


Recorded Books has announced worldwide availability of IndieFlix for Libraries, an online streaming service that will offer access to independent films, shorts, and documentaries to library cardholders on computers, Android and iOS tablets and mobile devices, Roku, and later this year, PS3 and Xbox game consoles. The service will offer patrons unlimited access to films screened at more than 2,000 film festivals worldwide, and interested libraries would pay a flat annual fee using a tiered pricing model based on total materials circulation.

Edge Coalition Releases Tech Benchmarks for Public Libraries

The Edge Initiative released earlier this month the initial version of the benchmarks that it hopes libraries across the country will use to evaluate and measure their public access technology services. The group’s efforts were the subject of a panel at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Seattle on Saturday. The Edge Benchmarks Version 1,0 , […]

Boston University Libraries Pushing Forward With Alma Platform

Roger Brisson, the head of metadata services at Boston University  (BU) Libraries, has been deeply immersed in the cloud-based library services platform Alma from Ex Libris for the better part of two years. BU went live with Alma in November, one of the early adopters, and Brisson, as part of the ALA Midwinter Conference, explained […]

Innovative Interfaces Announces Plans to Integrate DPLA into Encore, and Launches Decision Center


Innovative Interfaces Inc. today announced a new development initiative that will integrate access to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) into its Encore Synergy platform. Separately, the company announced today that its Decision Center collection management solution has been implemented at several public and academic libraries, including Jefferson County Public Library (CO), Tulsa City-County Library (OK), and University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Top Ebook Distributors, ILS Vendors to Have Sitdown With ReadersFirst Library Coalition

The top distributors of ebooks to public libraries along with some of their counterparts among ILS vendors are going to sit down with leading librarians from the U.S. and Canada at the end of this month to discuss how the technology and business model for electronic lending should develop.

The January 28 gathering at the Seattle Public Library will coincide with the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association, although the roundtable discussion is not part of the conference.

School Library Journal 2012 – A Year in Review


From the Hunger Games, the Common Core, and maker spaces, to Gangnam Style and the ongoing ebook wars, a look at the highlights and key themes of 2012, according to Twitter.

On the SLJ Blogs | The Caldecott Medal Infographic


“You’ve seen infographics, right? Those visual representations of information that seem to be popping up everywhere on the Internet?,” writes Travis Jonker. Here’s his effort using easelly.

ISTE 2012 | ALA Annual: Candid Thoughts on Change, the FCC Digital Literacy Plan, and Advocacy

Wendy Stephens, Cathy Jo Nelson, and Bobbi Newman

In a challenging economy, ISTE and ALA grapple with advocating for their school librarian, media specialist membership and then there’s the hot-button issue of digital literacy.

Of Leavings and Beginnings


I attended the retirement party of a good friend and colleague recently. It turns out that this was the tip of the iceberg. Someone afterwards sent me an email listing a dozen people from UC Berkeley alone who are retiring, most of whom I worked with in my career. These are, by and large, very […]

Librarians, School and Public, Tap the Best in Kids’ Apps | ALA Annual 2012

Felt Board app

Talking apps at ALA: Gretchen Caserotti, Amy Graves, Travis Jonker, and John Schumacher hosted a session on using apps with kids in the context of library services, both in public libraries and schools.