Bookshare: 10 million accessible book downloads

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Hats off to Bookshare — a global literacy initiative aimed at providing accessible books free for people unable to read standard print — as they reach a record 10 million ebook downloads by print-disabled readers. Because 90% of books published in the United States are unavailable in accessible formats, people who are dyslexic, blind or have low vision have extremely ... Read More »

Caribbean librarians visit the Washington Office

Visiting librarians from the Caribbean with ALA Washington Office staff.

On Tuesday, the American Library Association (ALA) was pleased to receive a delegation of librarians and archivists from the Caribbean. These visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State. The delegation included: Ryllis Mannix, Antigua and Barbuda Joseph Prosper, Antigua and Barbuda Junior Browne, Barbados Grace ... Read More »

A “Library for All” around the world and volunteer opportunity

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Last week, I was in New York City for a board meeting for Library For All (LFA), a nonprofit organization that has built a digital library platform to address the lack of access to quality educational materials in developing countries. Among other things, I learned about the latest LFA success—in Cambodia, where the kids’ demand for ebooks came to exceed ... Read More »

What’s new in the library ebook lending market?

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What has changed in the library ebook lending environment in the past year? A panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss best ways for libraries to advance library access to digital content at the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. The session, “Digital Content Working ... Read More »

Revolutionary ways to offer e-books to the print-disabled

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There has been a shift in the way people access information: E-books and the widespread use of graphics to convey information have created a “new normal” for how we read and learn. While these resources are readily available, too many of them are not accessible for the print-disabled. As a result, people with disabilities such as vision impairments, physical limitations ... Read More »