E-books and E-rate! Not that the two are otherwise related, but the Washington Office is presenting Saturday morning sessions on both during the 2011 Midwinter Conference.
“Turning the Page on E-books”
First, plan to attend “Turning the Page on E-books” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, in SDCC, Room 02. This moderated discussion will focus on the big picture of libraries and e-books. What are the challenges and opportunities for libraries face as they consider providing e-books to their patrons? What are the differences and commonalities for libraries of all types? Do e-books make us think differently about library service and librarianship? Hear panelists, Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive; Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Services; Sue Polanka, Head, Reference and Instruction at Paul Laurence Dunbar Library at Wright State University; and moderator, Rick Weingarten, information technology policy consultant discuss these questions and many others.
Come early and register to win a Sony E-Reader or Barnes & Noble Nook! Drawing will be immediately following the discussion!
E-rate Breakout Session
Next, for those of you interested in learning more about the E-rate program plan to attend the breakout session starting at 10:30 Saturday in SDCC, Room 30E.
Entering its fifteenth year, this successful program has helped countless libraries connect — and stay connected — to the Internet and has supported the critical telecommunications needs of libraries — rural, suburban, and urban — across the country. Recent changes to the program have applicants scratching their heads trying to understand the implications of these changes.
E-rate expert, John Noran, from the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company, will explain the new E-rate program and take your questions. Whether you are new to the E-rate Program or a pro, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more.
Special after-session appointments! After the public session, we are very pleased to be able to offer one-on-one appointments with Mr. Noran. Sign up for your appointment at either the e-books or E-rate session Saturday morning.