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Libraries of the future [cartoon]

Libraries of the future [cartoon] | Information Science | Scoop.it
Tom Gauld has created a new fantastic cartoon. This time we can see how he imagines the library of the future.

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Library of the future!

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Beyond the Headlines: E-books in Libraries of the Future

Beyond the Headlines: E-books in Libraries of the Future | Information Science | Scoop.it
Just like in the book publishing industry, the rise of e-books is propelling libraries into a revolution. The most basic questions of library operations are in play. For example, libraries are not able to purchase access to some titles. Other titles are available, but pricing and other access terms are markedly less favorable as compared to print books.

 

This new blog will feature perspectives from the library community on developments and directions of the e-book marketplace and the implications for libraries. In addition, we hope that the posts will stimulate discussions within the e-book ecosystem more broadly to develop improved ways to connect authors and readers, the long-standing common bond of publishers and libraries.

 


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ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement on E-Content Pricing | American Libraries Magazine

ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement on E-Content Pricing | American Libraries Magazine | Information Science | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

Submitted by George Eberhart:


"A majority of the 57 state and regional chapters of the American Library Association have signed a joint statement in opposition to the practices of publishers and distributors that have established unfair pricing in the sale of ebooks to libraries.

ALA President Maureen Sullivan commented, “This joint statement underscores how critical this issue is for the public. Librarians across the country daily face questions from their readers about why access to ebooks is restricted. ALA fully supports this grassroots effort.”

So far, 33 ALA chapters (see list below) have signed on to the statement, and Indiana Library Federation Executive Director Susan Akers expects that a few more will join in the next few weeks."

 

List here: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/ala-chapters-issue-joint-statement-e-content-pricing

 


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Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future

Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future | Information Science | Scoop.it
There's a text version and 2 videos totaling 24 minutes below. There’s a phrase that I use every now and then; “It’s like dancing on quick sand” and never was it more appropriate than right now in respect of the eBook arena.

 

"Let’s look at the latest news. A new low cost eBook reader has been unveiled by txtr, a German eBook retail platform...

 

Oyster, which is a new startup has raised $3 million in order to become the ‘Spotify of books’....

 

HarperCollins is launching a new global publishing system which will provide them with an infrastructure that allows them to maximise it’s catalogue of books, eBooks and apps...

 

The final news item that’s caught my eye, and I assume has also caught yours is that Amazon is going to launch their lending service in the UK by the end of the month..."

 

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"We are at an absolutely pivotal point within both our profession, and within the library service in the UK. I recently talked to an ex-librarian who has since left the profession, and she said ‘I’m glad I got out, we’re finished’. That is so patently not the case it’s painful. This is a superb time to be a professional, or to have a love of libraries, of reading, books and knowledge. This is because we are going to be able to shape the development of all of those things into the future. What we do now is going to set a pattern for the next 50 or 100 years. We just need to believe in the power that the information professionals have, and the key role that libraries play in society. But – and this is a big but, we can only do it if we all work together, because it’s only by holding out our hands to one another in trust that we can help drag ourselves out of the quicksand, rather than push each other under faster."


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A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media - The Digital Shift

A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media - The Digital Shift | Information Science | Scoop.it

Library Journal is presenting a series of articles, Exploring Ebook Options, that takes an indepth look at some of the ebook platforms that are now in the marketplace. Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 and Freading from Library Ideas have already been profiled. This story provides an environmental scan.

 

As a primer, it discusses a variety of options for purchasing ebooks. For libraries with limited budgets, it also offers sites where free ebook content is available. When purchasing ebooks and other downloadable media, it is crucial to evaluate each vendor. This primer provides links to sample evaluation charts online.

 

Read more tips and advice on procedures for ebook downloads here: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/04/ebooks/an-ebook-primer-many-small-libraries-are-still-just-getting-started-with-ebooks-heres-a-helpful-guide-on-those-first-steps/


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Nearly 40% of libraries will let you check out an e-reader, as ebook penetration soars

Nearly 40% of libraries will let you check out an e-reader, as ebook penetration soars | Information Science | Scoop.it

by ALEX WILHELM:

"New data out from the American Library Association (ALA) paints a firm picture of ebooks and their companion devices: that they are utterly now completely mainstream. Libraries, generally considered to be somewhat staid institutions, are offering ebooks for check out in growing numbers, and increasingly, offering up e-readers themselves for loan.

According to a study conducted by the ALA, some 76% of libraries offer ebooks to their patrons, up 9% from the year before. The same study indicates that 39% of libraries lend e-readers as well. Libraries are not the only folk having success with the lending of digital books, Amazon itself reported in April that its Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has greatly driven the sale of backlist titles."


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EBSCO Publishing Increases E-book Content for Academic Libraries

EBSCO Publishing Increases E-book Content for Academic Libraries | Information Science | Scoop.it

eBooks on EBSCOhost® from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) continues to grow as thousands of e-books have been added to the eBook Academic Collection™ —increasing the number of e-books to more than 112,000.

 

eBook Academic Collection supplies full-text e-books covering a broad spectrum of academic subjects from technology, science and engineering to the humanities and social sciences.

 

Since its release, eBook Academic Collection has continued to grow and offers academic institutions a vast array of e-books to complement their collections. The breadth of multidisciplinary e-book titles available in this collection enables students and researchers to find information relevant to their research needs.


Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1034700#ixzz2J9FNVdnb


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E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines | Information Science | Scoop.it
23% of Americans ages 16 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 16% the year before. The share who read a print book declined to 67%, from 72%.

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E readers are taking over the stats.  Are you loving your e Reader?

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10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools, by Scott McLeod

10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools, by Scott McLeod | Information Science | Scoop.it

BY SCOTT MCLEOD:

"October apparently was ‘Library Month’ for me. I was the keynote speaker for the Minnesota MEMO conference and did a breakout session for the Iowa Library Association (ILA) conference. I also brought Dr. Mike Eisenberg to Iowa for three days to talk with school administrators about technology and information literacy. As a result, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on books, reading, and the future of libraries and librarians…"

"Random questions

What constitutes a “book” these days? When books become electronic and thus become searchable, hyperlinkable, more accessible to readers with disabilities, and able to embed audio, video, and interactive maps and graphics, at what point do they stop becoming “books” and start becoming something else?"...


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What Can Libraries Learn from New User (and Non-User!) E-Reading Data from the Pew Internet - Slideshare Project? | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

"At the Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference, Pew Internet Research Analyst Kathryn Zickuhr and ALA Program Director Larra Clark will discuss key findings from these reports—including a brand new analysis focused on younger Americans' reading preferences and library use habits. The session also will explore immediate practical implications for U.S. public libraries."

 

Slideshare here: http://www.slideshare.net/PewInternet/what-can-libraries-learn-from-new-user-and-nonuserereading-data-from-the-pew-internet-project

 


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Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users

Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users | Information Science | Scoop.it
Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries, why they use them, and how that use may change...

 

Library Journal releases its groundbreaking publication on Who Uses Libraries and Why.  The first Issue Library Patrons and Ebook Usage is now available:

 http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/

 

Read more here:  http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/library-patrons-and-ebook-usage/


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