On October 29, Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent wrote a public letter to the library community explaining Macmillan’s pending embargo on new ebook titles for libraries. The American Library Association’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office issued the following response on October 30:

“Hours before the American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association and allies were to deliver more than 160,000 petition...


Need book suggestions for the teen in your life?

Check out the Teens' Top Ten Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Every year 15 teen book groups from across the country, all of which participate in YALSA’s Teens' Top Ten/YA Galley Project, vote on their nominations and nominations from the public to determine the 25 official Teens' Top Ten finalists. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and readers ages twelve to eighteen...


Halloween tradition enters its 50th year

North Miami (Fla.) Public Library’s (NMPL) rooftop features an impressive, 47-foot steeple that attracts onlookers year-round. One day a year, it attracts pranksters. Every Halloween since 1969, a group calling itself Coxie’s Army has impaled a pumpkin atop the spire. The occurrence is anticipated and even celebrated by the community.

“What started as an adventurous prank when the members of the group were in their teens has become a true feat now that the [original]...


By Carrie Smith, courtesy of American Libraries

Technology has changed how we store information. You might have your grandmother’s photo book, even a digitized version—but what about the photos on your phone, or the data on your Twitter account or Instagram?

Katlin Seagraves is the digital literacy associate at the Tulsa City-County Library where she manages the library’s Digital Literacy Lab. At “Save As: Preserving Your Digital Life” on June 24 at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C., Seagraves educated attendees on methods for preserving born-digital personal data like photos and social media.

Seagraves divides the archiving...