The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records had a day-long E-Reader Summit and Technology Showcase on September 20th. What an amazing project! Many participants were from rural libraries and some had never seen an e-reader before. I wish I could have captured the look on one library director's face when she turned on her iPad for the first time. Pure joy! The day was full of so much information, including: digital copyright and legal perspecitives, technology trends, inspiration from State Librarian GladysAnn Wells, and resource sharing.
All participants received a self-selected bundle of e-readers (iPad, Nook, Sony, Kindle or Kobo) plus e-book gift cards. Yes, they got to take a whole bag of technology treastures back to their libraries to continue learning and sharing new skills with other staff members and their communities!
Participants spent the afternoon in hands-on sessions including: youth e-reader resources; iPad apps and downloads; digital downloads; resources for the visually impaired (inlcuding iPad accessbility opitons such as those in this video); and consumer electronics and Arizona State Library resources.
I'll post more about some of the sessions that I attended, but one thing became clear to me during the day.
We must be vocal about libraries wanting to be involved in this next reading evolution. Whether it is sending a letter to book vendors signed by multiple libraries, joining in the work of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy or your own state or regional library consortium, or sharing perspectives on how to "Seize and Solve This Challenge," do something to promote this important issue. As GladysAnn Wells stated, "The collective voice is always the loudest and most heard." Let's join together and make sure we are not only at the table, but are hosting the meeting.