Library Virtual Outreach: Connecting with Your Target Audience

Libraries engage in outreach for a number of reasons, key among them are to raise the public’s awareness of the library, connect with community partners, and to bring library services to the underserved. Traditional library outreach is complicated enough, however virtual outreach brings a unique set of challenges that requires a nuanced approach. While IContinue reading “Library Virtual Outreach: Connecting with Your Target Audience”

Advocating for Library Ebook Access in New York State

While library digital collections are growing, they have been hampered by publisher restrictions which severely limit the terms and availability of many ebook titles. In New York state, S2890B/A5837B would require that publishers who offer electronic books to the private market, also extend licenses to libraries within the State, without discrimination. Contracts would stipulate “reasonable terms” thatContinue reading “Advocating for Library Ebook Access in New York State”

Economics Professor Suggests Replacing Libraries with Amazon, is Promptly Destroyed on Twitter

On July 21, 2018, economics professor Panos Mourdoukoutas wrote an article in Forbes suggesting that Amazon should replace libraries to save taxpayers money. I, like a vast majority of people within and outside of the profession found the idea poorly thought out and needlessly inflammatory. It would appear that little actual research went into the articleContinue reading “Economics Professor Suggests Replacing Libraries with Amazon, is Promptly Destroyed on Twitter”