I skyped in to Marc Aronson's class at Rutgers Wednesday night while he was away at the National Book Awards. David Rothrock from Follett was there to pinch-hit for Marc, and I talked a little bit about my experience with ebooks and ereaders in a school setting.
I was a little jealous all the students there had the luxury of thinking deeply about digital resources. I know that expertise will come in handy immediately, since this seems to be the flashpoint of the day. And it actually made me think of the Digital Libraries class I took in 2000 with Professor Malinconico, where I did a final presentation on Project Gutenberg, which I love more deeply now than ever and now use almost daily. It was tremendously heartening to see all these young professionals asking really intelligent questions about a very murky and confusing topic.
One student asked specifically about current awareness mechanisms. I promised to send this list of blogs, events, and review sites:
Future Book http://www.futurebook.net/
No Shelf Required http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/
A Kindle World http://kindleworld.blogspot.com/
Digital Shift http://www.thedigitalshift.com/, especially content by Josh Hadro there and in Library Journal
YALSA App reviews http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/category/apps/
Touch and Go SLJ App reviews http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/touchandgo/
SLJ Summit http://www.sljsummit2011.com/ (face-to-face)
LJ eBook Summit http://www.thedigitalshift.com/events/e-book-summit/ (virtual)
Thinking about it now, I would have added some more general interest library blogs, like Bobbi Newman's Librarian by Day and Sarah Houghton-Jan's Librarian in Black, which almost necessarily bump into ebook issues these days. I find I tend to get "too narrow" in my thinking in the first iteration these days. But I love the idea of helping young librarians cultivate their own professional learning ecosystems.