library innovation

Improbable libraries” are appearing all across the world, thanks to ingenious book lovers who make sure their communities have access to literature. Read more about them at The Guardian.

You can also discover more improbably libraries through our Innovations in Reading Prize, including Little Free Library and Street Books (pictured below). 

(The Winner of the 2015 Innovations in Reading Prize will be announced this month!) 

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The next set of photos from ALA Midwinter is up! Thanks to Sondra Murphy for taking photos!

  • Andrew Wesolek- Head of Digital Scholarship, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • Carolina Cooney- Administrative Assistant, Oak Bluffs Public Library, Oak Bluffs, MA
  • Ellen Sulzycki- Assistant Head Children’s Librarian, Forbes Library, Northhampton, MA
  • Erin Berman- Innovations Manager, San Jose Public library, San Jose, CA
  • Fionnuala Gerrity- Conservation Technician, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Kazia Berkeley-Cramer- Student at Simmons, Part-time employee of the Watertown Public Library, Watertown, MA
  • Laura Koenig- Head of Children’s Services, Boston Public Library, Boston MA
  • Margaret Willison- Access Services, MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Phil Morehart- Associate Editor, American Libraries Magazine, Chicago, IL 
  • Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven- Sales Department, Charlesbridge Publishing, Boston, MA
  • Rachel Korman- Branch Assistant, Vaughan Public Libraries, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
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ALA co-founds major new coalition to recalibrate copyright

Today, the American Library Association joined nine fellow founding national groups from both the private and public sectors to unveil Re:Create, a new copyright coalition formed to articulate and fight for the perspectives and rights of library users, educators, innovators and creators of every kind. Librarians know that copyright has a broad purpose—to advance learning and creativity for all people—but, too often, policy and law makers focus on the needs and interests of entertainment companies and other industry players who are determined to preserve old business models through enforcement rather than by innovating in the new economy. An important purpose of Re:Create is to ensure that the copyright debate respects and reflects the full range of legitimate views and needs of every part of our economy and society.