Thursday, January 27, 2011

E-books and the Library

There seems to be some new elements to the library obsolescence myth, which generally refers to the misconception that libraries can be replaced by the Internet. A new perception of users and non-users is that library eBook selections are paltry. E-Book users are part of the “immediate gratification” generation, and their expectation is that libraries should have complete online collections equal to their print collections, NOW.
If libraries are going to grab a share of the e-Book user audience and find a secure place in the e-Book industry, they need to focus on building their e-Book collections immediately, to move from paltry to essential as soon as possible. One factor in our favor for building library e-Book collections is that libraries will not have to weed their e-Book collections to make space on the shelves for newer books. Libraries need to build their e-Book collections quickly in order to establish a secure place in the rapidly growing e-Book industry.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Professional Cooperation

We, library professionals, dispellers of ignorance and guiders of humanity, can still boost up the image of our profession by developing collaboration and exchange through networks. Professional colleagues must break the gap that they often set unintentionally.

We need to encourage our colleagues (Senior/Younger) to initiate and participate in activities related to librarianship. We need commitment from the part of all and to encourage colleagues to develop the culture of sharing. ‘Library is a service organization’.

Let us begin by serving our profession first, for it to excel and for us to generate a wise knowledgeable and innovative labour force to enhance the development of libraries. It is believed that through cooperation and sharing, the future of our profession will be sustained. Let us hope that professional colleagues will break the shackles of ignorance and take into consideration the development of librarianship and give up the divide and rule system

To our dear departed colleagues Adieu……

Long live library Science, Long live librarianship, long live NLA, long live library collaboration and let knowledge prevail.

New Website Helps Frustrated Book Authors

New Website Helps Frustrated Book Authors Land a Book Publishing Contract for a Six-Figure Advance

A group of local book authors has donated their time and wisdom to launch (, a new website to help aspiring authors land a book publishing contract for a six-figure advance.

According to Brian Scott, the site's creator, "Many aspiring authors have never heard about a book proposal or how to use one to land a book publishing contract. Instead, these aspiring authors spend several months writing their books, and then grow old shopping their entire manuscripts around to busy book publishers and literary agents. It's no wonder why many aspiring authors become frustrated and give up. This way does not work today."

To educate aspiring authors about using a book proposal, offers a free online "Book Proposal Writing Workshop (," which teaches writers and book authors how to write a book proposal in seven days or less. The Workshop covers important topics such as: "Why write a book proposal first?," "How to generate ideas to write your book proposal," "How to write your book's blurb for your book proposal," and "How to write your book proposal query letter." At the end of the Workshop, aspiring book authors can download a free sample book proposal ( and use it as a working template for their own work-in-progress proposals.