THE HAGUE, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- With its national e-book lending platform launched at the beginning of this year, the Dutch Digital Library Program now offers access to 5,500 titles from the top 50 Dutch publishers in 162 public libraries, making the small European country an international forerunner amid the digitalizing trend of libraries.
"We have a couple of quite unique features in our e-lending model, such as the one-copy-multiple-users model, which means that an e-book can never been lent out, but remains available for every additional patron," explained Diederik van Leeuwen, managing director of Stichting Bibliotheek.nl, in an interview with Xinhua.
BLOOMINGTON — Where some might have seen an empty room, Rachel Howard and Kate Owens saw a new world. That new world opened Tuesday.A library opened in a former storage area at YWCA McLean County's child care center, called Young Wonders Early Learning and Youth Development. The goal is to get books in the hands of children and their families who have limited access to books and to save busy parents an extra stop at the public library.
Since 2009, the University of Tartu Library (UTL) has been leading open access (OA) initiatives in Estonia. In 2011 and 2013 EIFL supported (UTL) in a number of advocacy and awareness raising activities that led to more scholarly content and research being made available to the world. It also launched a website that provided information about OA in Estonian.
At the time, several institutions in Estonia had OA institutional repositories, but OA publishing was less common. In 2011, UTL initiated a national level discussion about OA among different stakeholders and contributed to the development of a positive brand for the UT OA institutional repository (see the case study here).
In 2012 UTL began a successful collaboration between the library and the University of Tartu Press (UTP) to promote and implement OA publishing in the university. As a result, all monographs published by the UTP have been made available in OA.
Also that year, due to UTL’s advocacy, the Estonian Research Council required making the articles, produced from publicly funded research, available for everyone. This indicates that there has been a significant change in the principles for giving out research grants in Estonia. However, a clear national OA policy has not been developed yet.
‘B.P. Hasdeu’ Municipal Library’s ‘Trolleybook’ provides a dynamic learning space where children are stimulated to read, to take part in educational activities and to practice new skills during the summer holidays.
The popular library serves Chisinau, Moldova’s capital city, with a population of about 800,000 people. Over 40% of citizens have library cards. Of these, over 86,000 are children and young people.
Early in 2014, librarians conducted a survey to find out young people’s opinions of their digital and online services. The study found that children and youth believed the library should be “a space with a pleasant environment where you feel free to benefit from ICT (information and communication technology) and that also contains interesting books.”
Every month, 20 children attend Pelči Library’s ‘Little school of local history’, where they research the library’s digital history collection and make animated films about the past.
The library's popular local history classes are stimulating children’s curiosity about the past, improving their creative and analytic skills and building their confidence.
The children work in teams. After choosing a topic and conducting research, they draft a story based on history and legend. They draw and paint scenes from the story, and using a scanner, digitize the drawings. They use the library's computers and free software to create an animated film, adding text, sound effects and titles.
After they have discussed and edited the film, it is screened at community events.
"When your budget is low on dollars, you need to become creative when it comes to everything in your school library. Since we have a computer lab in our library-media center, (and lots of wall space...) I have decorated the lab with posters and infographics...There are also many posters which help students format their research paper, search for Google images, and understanding search results...."
The Brooklyn Public Library (photo: gig_nyc via flickr)
NEW YORK—As digital technology began to expand at the turn of the century, it seemed public libraries would go the way of the bookstore. After all, who needs paper books when you can download classics like Dickens'
Embedded librarianship to the business community is so important because the people in this group may not consider the library as a resource, yet are the very ones who could benefit the most from t.he library services.
Long-term unemployed people are an at-risk group who struggle with depression and feelings of failure and exclusion. When lack of skills is an additional barrier to employment, these feelings get worse.
In 2010, the Labour Office Directorate in Ruse, Bulgaria’s fifth largest city, estimated that unemployment had risen to 10%, and that of this number, a third were aged over 40. At the same time, Lyuben Karavelov Regional Library in Ruse recorded a 70% increase in the number of people coming to use the library’s computers - mostly to look for jobs.
Librarians observed that older users lacked computer skills. A survey of unemployed library members aged from 18 to 40 found that most believed lack of computer skills and money for training were the main obstacles to finding jobs.
THE LIBRARY’S INNOVATIVE SERVICE
With support from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) in 2011, the library created the KNOW service - Knowledge for Opportunities for Work. The service supports long-term unemployed people aged over 40 by providing free internet access and computer training, job-seeking skills, motivation, confidence-building and access to counsellors.
Intensive marketing attracted over 250 mentions in local and national media - and unemployed people flocked to the library to seek help.
Through this library’s innovative service, children in a rural community in southwestern Kenya have access to e-readers pre-loaded with textbooks in all school subjects, and over 400 African and other international titles and reference books. The 'Dr Robert Ouko' Memorial Community Library serves Koru, a rural area in Kisumu county, Nyanza province. Public schools are under-resourced and understaffed and the library´s collection of books is limited. The e-readers project responds to a desperate need: “Many local primary schools have over 500 pupils, virtually no textbooks and a student-teacher ratio of over 60 to one. Many pupils cannot afford lunch. “Our concept was to give pupils access to digital books at school, and a free lunch, and in this way, to motivate them to study and read. In addition, we are improving their technical skills,” said Mr Richard Aoko Oketch, project manager at 'Dr Robert Ouko' Memorial Community Library. With a donation of 46 e-readers from the Gordon Family (USA), the library launched the project in Menara Primary School in March 2012. Very quickly, the idea caught the attention of three more international donors: the Trefler Foundation, which donated over 200 more e-readers; Worldreader, which supported the purchase and downloading of school textbooks, titles by African authors, and international reference books, and Laura Barkan and friends (USA), which funded lunch for the children.
In my last two columns I explored what I called the “mess of ebooks” and explained what I want from library ebooks. In this column I want to discuss a possible future that could be good for libraries and for publishers. Right now everything is in flux. Publishers are understandably wary of selling Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free ebooks to libraries, and the patron driven acquisition (PDA) model some libraries want might not be sustainable for publishers. Libraries are struggling to buy book
The new library, housed in the former Borders bookstore, will include individual computer stations with access to library databases around the world,innovation labs and production areas featuring 3-D printers.