SXSW 2014

Are you planning to be at South by Southwest (aka SxSW) EDU and Interactive conferences in Austin starting this week? So is ALA. Privacy and the “internet of things” will be among the topics on the agenda for the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom and Office for Information Technology Policy. ALA also will join members and sister library organizations at the joint “Innovative Booth for Libraries,” March 7-11—booth #1036.

“SXSW offers a great opportunity to extend the reach and visibility of the library profession, of ALA, and of our core values and best practices with technology influencers and innovators,” said Office for Intellectual Freedom Director, Barbara Jones. You can keep up with librarians at SxSW at . If you are planning to be at SxSW, be sure to visit ALA at booth #1036.

And if you’re not in Austin, plan to join American Libraries for the next AL Live episode on March 13 when Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads “The Present and Future of E-books,” an interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel. Register at or just tune in at on Thursday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. This episode is sponsored by OneClickdigital from Recorded Books and Total BooX. Joining us for the 60-minute discussion will be:
Jamie LaRue, former Director of Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries
• Troy Juliar, Vice President of Content/Acquisition, Recorded Books
• Jeff Metz, Product Manager, OneClickdigital
• Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO, Total BooX

Polanka created No Shelf Required®, an award-winning blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers, which led to the best-selling books “No Shelf Required” and “No Shelf Required 2.” Her column E-Book Buzz appears in ONLINE Searcher magazine.

OneClickdigital, from Recorded Books, is an easy-to-use website and platform for e-books and eAudio, providing one-click download and transfer to portable devices. Over 100,000 e-books and over 30,000 eAudio include exclusive e-content, other publishers’ titles, and simultaneous-access. Mobile apps, patron support, and much more are also featured.

Total BooX is an e-book service that gives library patrons a new digital reading experience, while making library budgets go further. A wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles is available for instant download, patron access to them never expires, and libraries pay only for the pages patrons read. The platform comprises well over 20,000 e-books from established publishers and is growing rapidly, with new titles added each week. More information about the product is available at

AL Live is the popular free streaming video broadcast from American Libraries, covering library issues and trends in real time as you interact with hosts via a live chat and get immediate answers to your questions. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own experts on hand. Find out more, including how to catch upcoming episodes, at .