Monthly Archives: May 2013

Early Literacy Education conference

The international conference “Prepare for Life! Raising Awareness for Early Literacy Edu­ca­ti­on” of experts was held 12-14 March 2013 in Leipzig. 130 participants from over 35 different countries developed an extensive set of re­com­men­da­ti­ons on how to improve Early Literacy Education, as follows.  EarlyLItConfRecs

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Stiftung Lesen, Konferenz "Prepare for Life!", Messe Leipzig, 12.-14.3.2013


Library use of ebooks

Library use of ebooks. LRG, 2013. $99.50

The 120-page study is based on data from 68 public, academic, corporate, legal and government libraries, with data broken out by type of library, size of library and other criteria.  The study paints a portrait of how libraries are using e-books, and covers spending,  budgets, contracts, licensing, number of licenses maintained, and aggregator and publisher preferences and aggregator vs publisher sales as a percentage of total e-book spending.  The report also presents detailed data on library spending on particular retail vendors such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all other online book vendors. Additional coverage includes data on e-audio books, use of consortium purchasing arrangements for e-books, the impact of e-books on interlibrary loan, range of titles typically available for e-book rental at libraries, the impact of tablets and other e-book reading devices, the impact of e-book on course reserves for higher education libraries, the evolving state of dedicated endowments for e-books, use of and spending on e-directories, trends in e-book pricing as experienced by libraries, trends in e-book collection planning, use of e-textbooks and more. Details at

International Reading Conference Forthcoming

The Scientific Council on Reading of the Department of Education and Culture of the Russian Academy of Education, Research Center for the History of Book Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences, K.D. Ushinsky State Scientific Pedagogical Library, Russian State Children’s Library, Russian Library Association, Russian Reading Association invites you to participate in the International Inter-Academy Conference “Reading on spaces of childhood in Russia and in the world”, to be held on November 14-15, 2013, in Moscow, and discuss the following problems:

1. Childhood as a theoretical problem;
2. Reading to children: Russian and global  traditions;
3. Children’s reading in the Russian Diaspora: a special role;
4. Reading as a means of initiation into secular society;
5. Reading in the space of modern child: in Russia and abroad.

Please email your theses and reports by 15 September 2013 to (with marks «For the conference»). Melentieva Julia Petrovna can also provide length and format details.
The organizing committee reserves the right to select the abstracts for the conference and for publication.

The conference opens at 11am on 14 at the Russian State Children’s Library in Moscow. The following day the conference will meet at the K.D. Ushinsky State Scientific Pedagogical Library in Moscow.

Families, Libraries and Children’s Reading Study

The vast majority of parents of minor children — children younger than 18 — feel libraries are very important for their children. That attachment carries over into parents’ own higher-than-average use of a wide range of library services. Parents (especially mothers) are also more likely than other adults in expanding library services, including tech-related services. Furthermore, lower income parents are more likely to view library services as very important. These conclusions reinforce the importance of families and libraries in children’s reading habits.
Miller, et al. (2013). Parents, children, libraries, and reading. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center.