Register for Ebooks and K-12 School Media: Video Presentations and Discussion!

Register today for Ebooks and K-12 School Media: Video Presentations and Discussion!
School Media personnel from Central MN
RJ’s American Grill and Bar, St. Cloud
Tuesday, January 8, 3:30 PM-7:00 PM

School Media personnel, please join your colleagues from around the region for this local event with outstanding national content!! Recently, CMLE staff participated in the virtual SEFLIN eBook conference called eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future, and paid for group access to the recordings of the five national presenters. We selected the messages of national e-book experts, Sue Polanka and Chad Mairn, as being of most interest to you for this first event. Besides listening to their best thinking on e-books, we would like to offer this opportunity to network informally and discuss local e-book developments and ideas too. CMLE is hosting and arranging this event.Kindle

Come ready to listen, engage, discuss, and eat pizza!!

Cost: $5.00/person, please pay at the door!

3:30-3:45 Introductions & logistics
3:45 – 4:45 Sue Polanka (Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State Universities Libraries) – eBook Licensing and Access: Now and in the Future
This session will analyze barriers to ebook lending models currently available for libraries including licensing, packaging, DRM, use models, and pricing. Trends in the publishing industry such as self-publishing, enhanced ebooks and digital textbooks, which may impact libraries, will be highlighted, demonstrating new opportunities for the future.
4:45-5:15 Group Discussion
5:15 – 5:30 Break and pizza!
5:30 – 6:30 Chad Mairn (Information Services Librarian and adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College & Chief Technology Officer, Novare Library Services) – Getting the Most from Your eBook Readers: Tips and Tricks
New examples of electronic reading material — e-books, e-magazines, e-textbooks — are appearing every day as well as devices and software to read them on. Accessing, transferring, and interacting with electronic text via Nooks, Kindles, and other e-reading devices, however, can be complicated. Join Chad Mairn as he offers tips and tricks for library staff to help their patrons use their e-reading devices to their full potential. This session will include information on: dedicated and non-dedicated e-readers, new and innovative e-reading devices and software, current and upcoming e-formats, digital Rights Management, privacy issues, and emerging technologies impacting reading in a digital age.
6:30 – 7:00 Group Discussion

Registration is requested. Deadline is end of day on Friday, January 4. Register at

Please pay at the door.

We hope you’ll join us! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.