Category Archives: Tech

Digital Divide

The digital divide is a complex issue. Many Americans do not have access to the internet. Some people have access but the access is not adequate for the user’s needs. Some people have access but they are not “web literate.”

The internet is increasingly being used for all kinds of government programs, from food stamps to unemployment. How does a person with no access to the internet apply for these programs? What will happen to these people as technology and its use advance without them? The smaller the gap in the divide, the harder it is to reach those left behind.

As librarians, it is crucial to be aware of this issue. We can work on community outreach and support for people who are not web literate, as well as those who need to use the library for web access. This issue is not going to go away, and librarians will be at the front lines trying to provide for those on the other end of the divide.

Check out this infographic from Mashable and think about what we can do to bridge the divide.


25 E-book Resources for Libraries

From the lovely iLibrarian:

E-Book Collections

  1. 5 e-Book Collections with Over 100,000 Free e-Books – iLibrarian
  2. 15 Best Websites To Find And Download eBooks – Designer Terminal
  3. 20 Websites for Free E-Books– Hongkiat
  4. 80 Online Resources for Book Lovers – Kevin Bondelli
  5. 391 Places for Free Books Online – Gizmo’s Freeware
  6. Internet Archive and Libraries Develop Joint Collection of 80,000+ eBooks – Internet Archive
  7. Download 1 Million Google Books in EPUB Format – Inside Google Books

E-Book Purchasing

  1. The No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing – ALA TechSource
  2. 5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Apps and Ebooks – ALSC Blog
  3. Open Library Offers Libraries a Third Choice for eBooks – Librarian in Black

E-Book Vendors

  1. Ebook Vendors at #ALA11 – David Lee King
  2. Amazon Kindle Ebooks Now Available in 11,000 Libraries – Mashable
  3. 6 Companies Aiming to Digitize the Textbook Industry – Mashable
  4. The Amazon Lending Library is NOT the Library Apocalypse

E-Book & Libraries Controversy

  1. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights – Librarian in Black
  2. Why the Kindle Will Never Support Library Books – Kindle Review
  3. Library eBook Revolution, Begin – Librarian in Black
  4. More on eBooks and Libraries – Librarian in Black
  5. Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns – Meredith Farkas
  6. Penguin Pulls New E-Books From Libraries – Paid Content


  1. So you want to start a Kindle lending program – Code4Lib
  2. eBooks, Privacy, and the Library – INFOdocket
  3. 5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet – Wired Magazine’s Epicenter
  4. 30 Benefits of Ebooks – Epublishers Weekly

The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age – NPR