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

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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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Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? Mlibs event

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Mlibs event - Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? (RT @evidencebase: New #mlibs blog post: Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this?

 

"Discussions focussed on challenges to implementing mobile technologies. These included:

- cost of vendor provided services including costs for ongoing upgrades
- decisions on whether separate mobile sites should be developed or whether a single point of access would be provided regardless of device used for access
- variability of availability of mobile friendly apps from vendors
- in some areas technology is ‘ahead of the law’ in this area and mobile allows the possibility of services which currently are not legal
- the possibility of an institution using a service that it subscribes to as it is tied into that service when a free app might actually serve the purpose more effectively
support issues around free apps
- the need for user education in the mobile area – one cannot assume that people know how best to use mobile services to support their learning or research because they know how to use mobile technologies in other contexts


Two key messages from the session were:

- There was a general consensus that institutions needed to embrace mobile technology or risk the services that libraries might provide to support teaching and research not being fully exploited as users access other services through mobile devices
- The quality of content delivered was of paramount importance regardless of the medium of delivery"


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Mobile Apps: Implications for Libraries « Dysart & Jones

Mobile Apps: Implications for Libraries « Dysart & Jones | Medical Librarians Of the World (MeLOW) | Scoop.it

Rebecca Jones:

"Mobile Apps: Implications for Libraries" http://t.co/ADV4dEEu SEE ALSO "Developing mobile apps the easy way" http://t.co/2WjfvXTY..."

 

"Jeff Wisniewski of University of Pittsburg updated the crowd at NYPL’s “Engaging Communitities, Promoting Learning” conference on the current state of mobile, and encouraged them to consider the implications for libraries. [...]

Here’s his main points:

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Apps Libraries Need to Pay Attention to & Leap Frog From:

- TeenBookFinder

- Buckeye Stroll

- Denver Public Library’s Creating Communities

- Yelp

- ScanJose.org

- ShelvAR

- Google Maps 6.0

- ideaflight.com

- Popplet.com

- Georgia State University Library uses ipads for “guerilla-style" assessment

- libraries can be publishers & support authors in creating ebooks with apps like iBooks and Kindle Direct Publishing

- mobile is also allowing libraries to liberate space

- push-location triggering alerting > DOKLAB"

 

 


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Mobile Tech in Libraries, via Libraries To Go > Slideshare

Will be given at the LIBER 2012 Conference in Tartu, Estonia (No QR codes, more SMS and AR, please: MT @benshowers: 'Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries' : http://t.co/j0sHL0ks #mlibs...)...

 

"Why Mobile Matters:

- There are 5.3 billion global mobile subscribers (thats 77 percent of the world’s population) - International Telecommunications Union

- 1 billion of the world’s 4+ billion mobile phones are now smartphones.

- Microsoft Tag 83% of American adults own a cell phone.-Pew Internet & American Life Project

- 87% of US smartphone owners access the internet or email on their handheld. -Pew Internet & American Life Project"


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Beyond the Bullet Points: Libraries are Obsolete » Virtual Dave @rdlankes

Beyond the Bullet Points: Libraries are Obsolete » Virtual Dave @rdlankes | Medical Librarians Of the World (MeLOW) | Scoop.it

R David Lankes:

A librarian plays devil's advocate for those who argue libraries are obsolete (but there is a happy ending).

 

"There are few of us who can know the exact moment their career ended. However when a professor of library science argues libraries are obsolete against a Harvard law school professor and the head of the lead funding agency in the field I think that moment has arrived. This was where I found myself April 18th when I took part in an Oxford-style debate as part of Harvard Library Strategic Conversations. The idea was to mix humor with serious debate on the proposition that “Libraries are Obsolete.” I was asked to argue for the proposition.Now this is a rather odd position to be in since I have spent my career arguing exactly the opposite, but in the spirit of playing devil’s advocate, and the fact that I have tenure, I jumped in. After all, if we don’t honestly debate the point, how can we truly be sure we are not headed towards obsolescence [more on my rational see this post]."

http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?p=1557

 


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