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“Big E little e, what begins with E” at Midwinter?

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.

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