e-readers

Better Readers, BetterWorld: How a Wireless Company Supports Literacy

As library-centric folks, it's pretty much a given that we care about literacy. We know its impact: how it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, and breaks the cycle of poverty.

We also know the sobering statistics around illiteracy. According to UNESCO, there are 740 million illiterate people worldwide. Librarians strive to decrease this number every day though literacy programs for both adults and children.

To touch or not to touch: Patron devices in the library

It has been a week since our first Edge Initiative benchmark webinar, but I keep thinking about the questions and ideas that were shared. In the webinar, we were discussing Benchmark 1:

To Market, To Zoo: The Wonderful Things Librarians Will Do

During Wednesday's e-reader webinar, we discussed the recent Pew study "Libraries, patrons, and e-books", which discovered that 48% of all owners of e-book reading devices such as original Kindles and NOOKs say they do not know if their library lends e-books.

Keep the discussion going: Tips for training people to use e-readers

Wow! Thanks to everyone who participated in today's webinar, "E-readers for Everyone: Teaching Tips from Trainers." A recording of the session is now available. Continue the conversation in the Community Forum.

In addition to the resources that were mentioned by the presenters, there were numerous great links shared by participants.

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ALA TechSource's "TechTrends:MidWinter 2010" Webinar

Thursday of last week I was disappointed when I realized that I had missed  the Tuesday/Wednesday Technology Essentials online conference organized by WebJunction (fortunately, recordings are available), so my good friend and colleague Brenda Hough gave me her invitation to the ALA TechSource’s TechTrends: MidWinter 2010 webinar featuring short presentations by Jason Griffey, Sean Fitzpatrick, Greg Landgraf and Kate Sheehan.