ALA Video – E-books and Digital Content


ALAIn this American Library Association (ALA) video, you will hear a special message from ALA President, Maureen Sullivan. She  reinforces how libraries need to be at the forefront of issues around e-books and the digital frontier. She also mentions tools that are currently available and others that are in development. Lastly, she urges librarians to support self-publishing, and help our communities in their self publishing endeavors. Check out the e-content page on the ALA magazine site, where you will find the video too! Sullivan also mentions the availability of the ebook toolkit, which is available at

Coming soon….a scorecard of business models in the digital content arena!

Save the Date for ARLD Day

Mark your calendars; ARLD Day is coming soon!  Join us on April 26, 2013 as we explore Changing Collections: Advocating for our Future.  This annual gathering is hosted by the Minnesota Libraryaward Association’s Academic and Research Libraries Division.

Our keynote speaker, Jenica Rogers, is the Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam.  She has taken a stand against unsustainable pricing structures by database content providers, most notably by cancelling the American Chemical Society journal package for 2013 and instituting alternate resources.  In addition, Rogers has said she will not agree to anymore non-disclosure forms with publishers going forward.  Will librarians follow her lead in advocating for our future?  See her blog at and recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education at

Look for ARLD’s call for conference session proposals, in both full-length and “lightning round” formats.  We will be calling for submissions on a variety of topics such as: innovations in collection development, publisher/vendor relationships, teaching and learning, mobility and e-learning, e-books in academia, reference and outreach, assessment and impact, advocacy through social media, purchase on demand, patron driven acquisition, open access publishing, and marketing and promotion.

In addition we are seeking nominations for the Innovator’s Award which recognizes librarians or project teams who have made an outstanding recent contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Minnesota.  More information is available at .

We hope you will be able to join us on April 26, 2013, at the beautiful University of Minnesota Arboretum in Chanhassen. Registration information will be available in March.  It’s a great opportunity to share ideas, connect with colleagues, and explore new ideas for your library.

Randi Madisen, Electronic Resources Librarian

Century College Library, 651-779-3292

Recommended Ed Tech Tool: Animoto

animotoIt is quite possible that you could tell us all about your love and use  of Animoto, which I hope you will do in the comments area of this blog post! In a nutshell , Animoto allows you to create video-based lessons and presentations for the classroom.  And, the Animoto site claims it is easy as pie! We know that teachers in some districts regularly use this tool, but we’ve also heard that media specialists and librarians alike are creating cool book trailers using it too! Care to share a link to your book trailers in the comments area?

Spotlight on Books Conference

Press Release

Spotlight on Books Book Conference Coming in April

(Wednesday, January 16, 2013)

Moorhead, MN  – A conference for adults concerned with helping youth find involvement and satisfaction with the best books have to offer will be held April 11 – 13, 2013, at Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge Resort, Grand Rapids, MN.  This will be the 25th anniversary of the conference Spotlight on Books.

Conference workshops will include a Caldecott Crash Course where members from the 2009 and 2012 national Caldecott committee will describe how the annual award is chosen.  Featured authors for this year’s conference include Susan Marie Swanson, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award, and Karen Cushman, author of Will Sparrow’s Road which was named one of Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2012.

“Over the years, Spotlight on Books has proven to be both entertaining and informative, helping people who work with young people share the joy of books,” said Kathy Enger, executive director of the Northern Lights Library Network (NLLN).  “This year’s program promises to fully carry on this 25 year tradition.”

A full conference schedule and registration can be found at or by calling the Northern Lights Library Network at 1-800-450-1032.  Early bird registration for the full conference is $160 per person and must be received by March 15.  Full time students can attend for just $85.  A special conference rate for accommodations of $90 is available from Ruttgers.  Visit for resort registration.

Spotlight on Books is organized by the following library agencies:  Arrowhead Library System, Minnesota Library Association Children’s and Young People Section, Friends of the Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids Public Library, Kitchigami Regional Library, Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Minnesota Education media Organization Literature Special Interest Division, Minnesota reading Association, North Country Library Cooperative, Northern Lights Library network, Northwest Regional Library, Viking Library System

Google Helps with Online Searching

Did you know that Google has an instructional site for digital literacy? Google’s Search Education provides resources, lesson plans, activities and advice for students and teachers alike. Individual categories of assistance provided include: Lesson Plans and Activities aligned to Common Core Standards, free self-paced “Power Searching” tips, “Google a Day” challenges or quizzes, and live or recorded webinars. To learn more visit Google Search Education and EdTech’s article on the topic.

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