by Katina Strauch
How awesome!!! The incredible Joyce Ogburn, dean of libraries and Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor at Appalachian State University received the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science Distinguished Alumna Award for 2013. Yahoo, Joyce! Congratulations!
Perusing through the Wall Street Journal yesterday I ran into this article: “See Grown-Ups Read” by Alexandra Alter. It’s about the popularity of books (like Harry Potter) for 8 to 12 year-olds. Since I don’t have young kids in the house anymore, I don’t tend to read these kinds of books, but it turns out I should be reading these books after all. There’s less of a stigma. The main focus of the article is on a book called “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio (real name: Raquel Jaramillo) when she was buying milkshakes with her two sons and saw their reaction to a facially-deformed little girl. Seems that more and more bestselling authors are turning their attention to these kinds of books. Like David Baldacci, John Grisham, James Patterson, and it goes on and on. Just go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and see how they are now touting books like these. The trends they continue to change!
Have you heard about the MA eBook Project? The Massachusetts Library System (MLS), in cooperation with partners Baker&Taylor, BiblioLabs and EBL launched the project beginning November 21, 2013. Fifty-one pilot libraries will offer eBooks to their communities for a six-month pilot project designed to explore different models for eBook lending, different platforms, and user experiences. “eContent is a statewide imperative,” said Gregory Pronevitz, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Library System.
Three vendors have been chosen for this project — Baker & Taylor, BiblioBoard and EBL. The project which involves multi-type libraries was conceived by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Statewide Resource Sharing Committee and was made possible with funding from the MBLC as well.
MBLC has awarded MLS a $150,000 grant to get the pilot project off the ground. This will help offset costs for platform fees, content and promotional materials.
Over 130 pilot library staff, MLS and network staff recently attended training by all three vendors. Libraries and networks are currently working on setting up authentication for implementation.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.