Library Lagniappe: Readers and writers can learn about indie e-books


Vintage Book Photograph, Kimberly Blok photography.

SELF-e, a collaborative service of Library Journal and BiblioBoard that lets authors and public libraries work together to publicize notable indie e-books, will be explained in a webinar at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie.

The free live webinar will feature a question-and-answer session with writers, agents and other industry leaders. The panel will feature Jon Fine, previously from Amazon, as the moderator, and panelists Kiera Parrott, of Library Journal; Robin Cutler, of IngramSpark; Jim Blanton, 2012 Mover and Shaker award-winning librarian; and BCALA award-winning author L. Penelope.

SELF-e lets libraries engage their writing communities, accept self-published e-books from local authors and expose them to patrons and beyond. Starting with a simple author submission portal, e-books are evaluated by Library Journal staff. Once approved, submissions are available to participating libraries in statewide e-book collections on the award-winning BiblioBoard platform.

Authors may also opt in for a chance to appear in highlighted collections accessible nationwide.

SELF-e addresses the many authors who struggle to find be discovered in the publishing world. By working with their local library to build a community audience, authors can find local fans that will help them build a fan base.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS: The library has a new database that patrons can access via the JPL database page, in the library and at home, at

EBSCO’s Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance and remodeling projects.

Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical and decorating are provided in high-quality PDF files. Additionally, thousands of articles from magazines and reference books provide tips and suggestions to supplement the step-by-step instructions.

GENEALOGY: Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Center at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, leads two genealogical seminars Wednesday at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. “Irish Research” with guest speaker Marguerite Scully takes place at 1 p.m., and “How Genealogy Solved a 70-Year-Old World War II Mystery” is at 2:30 p.m.

COLLEGE PREP: Carol Langston, director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss the importance of college essays, résumés and interviews at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

The session is free. Langston says while grades, courses and standardized test scores will always be the most significant factors in the admissions process, other parts of the application, and especially the essays, can sometimes be the difference between acceptance and rejection.

WWII DISCUSSION: The WWII Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The speaker is Capt. Rick Jacobs, retired Navy officer, who will talk about the 1943 U.S. invasion of Sicily. The campaign featured the famous race between Patton and Montgomery for the capture of Messina, the Patton slapping incidents, the fall of Palermo and the worst friendly fire incident in U.S. history when 23 U.S. transports were shot down accidentally, killing more than 300 paratroopers.

All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.

Author: Chris Smith
Twitter: @theadvocateno



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