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On October 29, Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent wrote a public letter to the library community explaining Macmillan’s pending embargo on new ebook titles for libraries. The American Library Association’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office issued the following response on October 30: READ MORE
Need book suggestions for the teen in your life?Check out the Teens' Top Ten Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! READ MORE
By Carrie Smith, courtesy of American LibrariesTechnology has changed how we store information. You might have your grandmother’s photo book, even a digitized version—but what about the photos on your phone, or the data on your Twitter account or Instagram? READ MORE
‘We’re sorry, but there are 300 people ahead of you in line for our one copy of the e-book you’ve been anticipating all year.” This is the message many public libraries will be forced to relay to readers of e-books published by Macmillan Publishers this fall.Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan will limit libraries to purchase only ONE COPY of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after its release. Additional copies will then be available for two years of access at a price quadruple consumer prices.An average of 3,000 people each day are signing the online petition at eBooksForAll.org, urging Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the planned embargo on eBooks sold to libraries. In its first month, the American Library Association's #eBooksForAll campaign has garnered more than 100,000 signatures from readers, authors, library staff and patrons from all 50 states. READ MORE
The longlist for the American Library Association's Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was announced on October 1. A total of 49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) were selected this year. The six finalists will be announced on November 4. Two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 5 -7 pm.The awards were established in 2012, and they're the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association. They're also the only major book award that reflects the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. READ MORE
Did you know that Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration? United for Libraries will coordinate the 14th annual National Friends of Libraries Week October 20-26, 2019. It's a time not only to recognize and celebrate Friends groups, but also to promote themselves in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership.If you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, you may want to consider joining. Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country.  These groups, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness about their library.  Money raised by Friends groups support important library services like summer reading programs for children, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Some Friends work with their local libraries to get involved in politics, lobbying for advocacy efforts such as increasing the library’s budget, building new facilities, or even legislation that affects libraries. READ MORE
The longlist for the American Library Association's Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was announced on October 1. A total of 49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) were selected for the longlist this year. The six finalists will be announced on November 4. Two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 5 -7 pm.The awards were established in 2012, and they're the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association. They're also the only major book award that reflects the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. READ MORE
Millions of people now use digital content as their preferred or only access to books, music and movies. We believe everyone deserves access to eBooks, and here are a few reasons why:Digital content is portable and available anywhere 24/7.eBooks are great for people with vision problems. With adjustable font size, they can turn into large print books with one click.Because portable eReader devices are light and easy to hold, eBooks are easier to use for some people who have physical disabilities. READ MORE
Join book lovers in a new digital reading experience—the Libraries Transform Book Pick! The program connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same ebook through their public libraries.The first book pick is the newly released After the Flood by Kassandra Montag and it will be available for download October 7-21, 2019 at public libraries in the U.S. There will be no waitlists or holds for the title. READ MORE

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