Week 23: ALA Releases 2010-2011 Annual Report, ReadersFirst Intiative Announced by Major Libraries, EBSCO Discovery Service with API’s

Week 23 is not so eventful, but you cannot afford to miss some of the posts.

ALA Releases 2010-2011 Annual Report( INFOdocket)
The new report shows that public libraries in the US remain the essential resources for information, technology, job search and support in the community.

Access to Ebooks: Major Libraries in U.S. and Canada Announce ReadersFirst Intiative (INFOdocket)
I am very pleased to see over 70 library systems from the United States and Canada , including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago to issue a joint statement demanding "vastly improved ebook services for library users in North America."

Bowker Releases 2011 U.S. Book Publishing Market Statistics & New Book Output Chart (by ISBN)(INFOdocket)
"Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew six percent in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market."

API Makes It Easier for Libraries to Create a Custom Discovery Solution(ResourceShelf)
EBSCO Discovery Service API enables libraries to use their own websites or apps to search the content from EBSCO.

Google Warns Users of Government Hacker Attacks( ReadWriteWeb)
Google will now display a warning message to users who "may be the target of state-sponsored attacks."

New Resource: National Postal Museum Announces Launch of Centralized Gateway to World’s Greatest Philatelic Research(INFOdocket)
If you like collecting post stamps, then the new Global Philatelic Library
should be your place to visit.

Confirmed: Google Is Buying Meebo, The Startup That Turned Chat Into A Business [Updated](TechCrunch)
Many libraries use Meebo's chat widget to interact with customers ,it is interesting to see where Google will bring them.

It’s A Post-PC World: Amazon Adds Laptops, Netbooks To Trade-In Program(TechCrunch)
Have an old laptop or netboook or maybe a PC, you want to trade-in, then read about different trade-in programs like Amazon, which can give you credit towards the purchase of a new one.

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