“The American Library Association believes that the rise of e-books — and, in fact, the overall growth in digital content of all kinds — constitutes both great opportunity and profound challenge for our nation’s libraries and communities,” Raphael said. “We appreciate the Pew Internet Project’s study and focus on libraries and their continued transformation in the Digital Age.
“The new report underscores that libraries continue to be a vital part of people’s lives in the digital age. Close to 70 percent of people say their local library is important to them and their family, and a majority of adults 16 years and older (58 percent) are library cardholders.
“Library patrons are:
big readers (they read double the number of books as non-library users)
book buyers (are twice as likely to buy as to borrow), and
technology users (are more likely than non-library users to be Internet users and to own cell phones, desktop and laptop computers)
“The research also confirms that many people look to librarians to support digital literacy and learn new skills that lead to wider adoption of technology. The double- and triple-digit growth libraries have reported in demand for e-books, desire for access to e-book readers, and requests for e-book reader assistance and classes clearly express a hunger for these services.
“The report also flags issues that demand attention. While more than three-quarters of U.S. public libraries now offer e-books (76 percent, compared with 38 percent only five years ago), many people are not yet aware of this service. Clearly there is an opportunity here for us to step up our outreach and increase public awareness of all the 21stcentury services our libraries have to offer readers, thinkers, entrepreneurs and dreamers. ALA and libraries welcome this challenge.”
“Of course, awareness is not enough. When people go to their public libraries to borrow e-books, they should be able to find titles from all of our publishers. As Pew points out, there are difficulties with respect to e-book availability in our nation’s libraries.
“Libraries cannot lend what they cannot obtain. ALA and others continue to call on publishers to make their e-books available to libraries at fair prices and terms. Libraries seek partners and collaborators to continue building a culture of reading and learning that embraces all formats, for all ages and all backgrounds.”
Keep an eye out for these ladies and gentleman in Anaheim, they will be asking to take your picture for Librarian Wardrobe. They will also have LW laminated badges to confirm they are photographers for the blog.
Bios follow with some information about what catches their eye. If asked to have your picture taken, and you agree, they will need some information: your position title or student/other status, type of library/museum/archive/etc, and location (state if in the USA, or country if outside).
Here we go in reverse alpha-order. See you next week!
Miriam Rigby has been a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Oregon for almost 4 years. She enjoys fashion/trend spotting from behind the reference desk and interpreting people’s presentation(s)-of-self through an anthropological lens. Her own style is equal parts eclectic and lazy, but she likes to think she’s regularly more quirky than frumpy!
Annie Pho recently graduated from Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Library and Information Science. She currently works as a reference and instruction librarian at a community college. Her interests are in academic librarianship, information literacy, digital preservation of culture, and contemplating how we relate to the world around us. She is a managing editor for the HackLibSchool blog, and tweets as @catladylib. Looking to snap pictures of people wearing grandma/grandpa-esque clothes, the color purple, cat-themed sweaters, or all around awesome style.
Cynthia Mari Orozco
Cynthia is the Librarian-in-Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and postgrad library student in Archival Studies at UCLA. The last time ALA was in town, she was a restaurant server in Anaheim and fell in love with the fun, stylish librarians who graced her presence. This may have had some impact on her decision to go to library school! Four years and one MLIS later, she’s happy to return to Anaheim as a new librarian, documenting the diverse styles that we’ll be sure to see throughout the conference. (Cynthia also took photos for us at Midwinter and we’re excited to have her as a photographer again!)
Lauren Comito is an Outreach Librarian at Queens Library. She graduated with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2002, but NOT with a degree in fashion. These days you can often find her hunched over her sewing machine making pencil skirts. (Lauren is a regular LW Contributor and will also be judging in the After Hours + LW Party with the Best-Dressed and Walkoff Contest.)
Andrew is the incoming STEM/WEB librarian at CSU East Bay, where he hopes to nerd it out with both the library staff and the STEM departments. His sense of style is as eclectic as his interests, which includes (amateur) programming, urban planning, and sociology. His most recent fashion obsession? Bags, especially finding the perfect work bag. At ALA Annual, he’ll be keeping an eye out for throwbacks to earlier fashion styles and maybe brave souls willing to wearing clashing fabrics in the name of being unique.
Lauren is the systems librarian at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. She serves as an ALA committee intern for the Public and Cultural Programming Advisory Committee and an active member of the NYC librarian social scene. Her style has a distinct retro flair, favoring pin-up style hair, 50s reproduction clothing, and over-sized costume jewelry. Betsey Johnson is her favorite designer. Follow her: @BibliosaurusRex. At ALA, she is hoping to photograph some unique pieces and bright summer colors. Fabulous accessories are always appreciated! Catch her at the conference here. (Lauren took photos for us at Midwinter as well and we’re stoked she’s back!)
This was the Zine Pavilion at ALA 2012. It was just a total ball. People made zines, talked zines, read zines. We raffled off the collection of 323 donated zines to the lucky folks at the Rockford Public Library.
You can check out the Storify I made about what folks were saying about us here, and get the slides and the zine we put together for our preconference workshop here and here.
It looks like we’ll be doing zine-stuff at future ALA conferences (Seattle in January, Chicago next summer), so let me know if you want to be involved.