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Librarian Publishers May Be More Important Than You Think, by Phill Jones - Part 1

Librarian Publishers May Be More Important Than You Think, by Phill Jones  - Part 1 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarians have been acting in a limited way as publishers since well before the internet, but over the last 5 years or so, a revitalized librarian-publisher movement has emerged. 

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the second edition of the Library Publishing Directory (2015), edited by Sarah Lippincott, tells a very different story. The directory is a non-exhaustive collection of 124 case studies of library publishing programs (111 based inside the US and Canada). According to Lippincott’s analysis, around 90% of library publishers work in collaboration with academic departments and faculty on campus, drawing on in-house expertise to form editorial and review boards. In return, the library supports research from their own institutions by providing an avenue for publication, particularly in niche research areas. While many library publishers (68%) also work with student journals such as university law reviews, the perception that library publishers ‘mostly publish student research’ isn’t backed up by the numbers."

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“E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles”, by Gary Price | LJ INFOdocket

“E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles”, by Gary Price | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Public librarians have applauded the increased access to e-books now being offered by the big five publishers—most recently Macmillan, which has made its entire backlist of 11,000 titles available for lending. But the recent good news, librarians say, should not obscure the fact that the present system, with its plethora of licensing models and platforms, remains untenable."

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A reflection on e-books in libraries.

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Emerald | Library Hi Tech News | We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries

Emerald | Library Hi Tech News | We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries http://t.co/CitgU3osFJ

 

We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries, by Steven David Shapiro

Abstract: 

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that the new generation of discovery technologies empower libraries to behave like “aggregators” and “publishers”. The paper summarizes Montclair State University's experience with the EDS discovery service and also includes examples from other institutions.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses the experiences of several institutions to show the value of discovery tools and other technologies like institutional repositories in enhancing the role of academic libraries in higher education. Statistics and surveys culled from a variety of sources are cited in support of this contention.

Findings – Many institutions are successfully incorporating discovery and other technologies (i.e. institutional repositories) in repositioning and reinvigorating the academic library.

Practical implications – Academic libraries willing to make the investment in these technologies can capture the interest of their faculty, staff, and students.

Originality/value – The paper provides an innovative perspective on the use of discovery and other complementary technologies that act in a synergistic way to strengthen the bond between libraries and their users.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-07-2013-0041

 

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Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns | Information Wants To Be Free

Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns | Information Wants To Be Free | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @Stevelibs: Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns - http://bit.ly/ffNAzv via @Shareaholic

 

A few concerns voiced by a librarian, Meredith Farkas, about ebooks and libraries.

Points being covered:

- What about ILL?

- Too many platforms,  too little interoperability

- how do you browse a shelf of eBooks?

- DRM and crazy rules for “lending”

- What do we own and what does that mean?

- What do we own and what does that mean?


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Valid questions and concerns about ebooks and libraries!

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Folding shelves - ebooks and the impact on libraries and publishers > the final verdict not yet out!

Folding shelves - ebooks and the impact on libraries and publishers > the final verdict not yet out! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarians and the book industry have different interests. But without getting future generations into the book-reading habit, both will perish, says Stuart Hamilton of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Library lending plays a big if unquantifiable role in nurturing a love of reading.

Some even wonder if e-lending is in the libraries’ interests, since it encourages people to stay at home, rather than use them as a public space (one reason why they enjoy taxpayers’ backing). One critic privately calls e-lending the “Librarian Unemployment Act of 2013”. But Pew, a research firm, reckons 62% of American libraries are the only source of free internet access and computers in their communities. Many patrons also come in to ask for help with learning to use their e-readers. The libraries’ story has plenty more pages yet.

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A good summary of the current ebook saga with regards libraries and publishers!

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Librarians and Digital Rights Management, interview with Terry Plum, by Sasha Nyary

Librarians and Digital Rights Management, interview with Terry Plum, by Sasha Nyary | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital rights, librarians can be awfully cranky—just look at the debate around HarperCollins ebooks. Librarian educator Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of Technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library ...
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Librarian educator Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of Technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science about "the basic issues of fair use and the first sale doctrine, which librarians have guarded and sanctified for decades and aren’t giving up without a fight."

 

Questions being answered:

 

"1. What do librarians want in this digital age?

 

2. What is the issue of fair use with regards librarians?

 

3. What does that mean for libraries?

 

4. The comparison about the book-to-ebook trend and the print-journal-to-ejournal process."

 

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Ebook lending review announced

Ebook lending review announced | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Industry specialists will look at the benefits of libraries lending ebooks in a move publishers say will have 'serious implications' for the book trade (RT @CreaticDestruct: RT @CreaticDestruct: Technology continues to disrupt ageing business models.

"Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced a government review of ebook lending – a thorny issue that publishers believe could have "serious implications" for the book trade.
To be led by publisher and Forward prize founder William Sieghart, the government's ebook lending review will call on the expertise of authors, publishers, librarians and agents, with the novelist Joanna Trollope, the literary agent Caroline Michel of PFD and Stephen Page, chief executive of Faber & Faber, all set to contribute."
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E-books in Libraries: A Briefing Document developed in preparation for a Workshop on E-Lending in Libraries | Berkman Center

By David O'Brien:

"Beginning with a brief overview of the history and the current state of the e-book publishing market, the document traces the structure of the licensing practices and business models used by distributors to make e-books available in libraries, and identifies select challenges facing libraries and publishers. Where possible, we have made an effort to incorporate stakeholder perspectives and real-world examples to connect analysis to the actual questions, issues, and challenges that arise in practice. The document concludes with a number of informative resources – including news articles, whitepapers, stakeholder and trade association reports, and other online sources – that might inform future conversations, investigations, pilot projects, and best practices in this space."

 

Paper here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2111396

 

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Embracing “Transmedia” at BEA2012

Embracing “Transmedia” at BEA2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Pinwheel: "The phrase was very popular, especially in the digital zone, at BookExpoAmerica this year. I wondered why I hadn't heard the term used more often? Apparently, I wasn't the only one" ...


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South Brunswick Public Library Blog: When it comes to eBooks ...

South Brunswick Public Library Blog: When it comes to eBooks ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Ever wonder why many of your favorite authors aren't available in an eBook or eAudiobook format from New Jersey libraries? The answer might surprise you..."

 

• Publishers who refuse to sell eBooks and/or eAudiobooks to libraries;
• Publishers who charge libraries as much as 5 times more than consumers for the same digital content;
• Publishers who embargo their content and will not sell to libraries any newly published digital content;
• Publishers who make digital content available in only some formats (ePub but not Kindle for example).

For years libraries have worked hand in hand with publishers. That relationship has now changed drastically and we find ourselves unable to deliver the digital content library patrons want."

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Libraries, publishers struggle over e-books boom, by Adam Foxman - Ventura County Star

Libraries, publishers struggle over e-books boom, by Adam Foxman - Ventura County Star | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Adam Foxman:

ROB VARELA/THE STAR

Adult services librarian Gladstone Bucknor holds a Sony Reader with the cover of a children's book (photo)

 

"E-book collections are booming at public libraries across Ventura County and the nation, but they’re also the subject of a struggle between libraries and the publishing industry.

Concerned about their bottom lines, four of the nation’s largest publishers refuse to sell their e-book catalogs to libraries, and the two others charge extra or limit lending for digital volumes, library officials say. Known as the "Big Six," these publishers are responsible for many of the popular books published nationwide.

Many public libraries lease their e-books through a single distributor, Ohio-based Overdrive, and some librarians worry about paying for electronic volumes they don’t own and can’t share among facilities like they can with print books.

These challenges are among the hottest topics in the library world, but Camarillo librarian Barbara Wolfe said she isn’t sure how much patrons know about the issue.

"I think people will be concerned once they learn about it — those people who cherish libraries and what libraries stand for," Wolfe said.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/apr/16/libraries-publishers-struggle-over-e-books-boom/#ixzz1sHraZazG
- vcstar.com"

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Libraries as Community Publishers: How to Turn the Tables, by Peter Brantley

Libraries as Community Publishers: How to Turn the Tables http://t.co/C1tYsCQO via @OUPAcademic #publishing #books...

 

"This is just one option among many possibilities available to public libraries. I am not naive about the need for a library publishing imprint to have at least a basic supporting staff at a time when budgets are tight. But it is at least within arms reach, and it provides opportunities for librarians to grow and engage in new services that have a stronger future than those dealing with analog culture. Having one foot in the community and one in the network, libraries can help define a new cultural commons."

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INTERVIEW: Seth Godin on Libraries, Literary Agents and the Future of Book Publishing as We Know It | Digital Book World

INTERVIEW: Seth Godin on Libraries, Literary Agents and the Future of Book Publishing as We Know It | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

jeff Rivera:

"He is arguably one of the most successful bloggers and thought-leaders of our time."

 

Rivera: "A number of publishers have pulled the plug on library editions of eBooks. Do you think that is a wise business decision and if not, how do you see it being a win-win scenario?

Seth Godin: "How incredibly silly. Libraries are like the radio for books. Not a money-maker for all, but a great way to spread an idea. I don’t think you can find a single author who suffered any damage at all because too many people took his book out of the library.

Ebooks for libraries need to be tweaked, not killed."

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This is one of my interviews with the amazing Seth Godin.

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thanks for scooping my interview, I appreciate it!
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Rory Litwin: Pressing Issues for Librarians | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered

Rory Litwin: Pressing Issues for Librarians | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Changes to modes of information organization and access are getting most of the attention now, but I think if you want to look at the future of libraries you need to look at the future of everything else, and I think we have to admit that the demise of much of what we take for granted is a possibility in this century. Preservation should be the new priority." Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/rory-litwin-pressing-issues-librarians#ixzz320AA4jQi Inside Higher Ed

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A college librarian's take on the future of libraries, the positive influence of publishing and technology

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International Open Access Week 2013 - 21-27 Oct #OA - suggestions on what to do

International Open Access Week 2013 - 21-27 Oct #OA - suggestions on what to do | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"The 6th Open Access Week is next week. "The week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward." - Open Access Week
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The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Rebecca J Rosen:

"Heald has now finalized his research and the picture, though more detailed, is largely the same: "Copyright correlates significantly with the disappearance of works rather than with their availability," Heald writes. "Shortly after works are created and proprietized, they tend to disappear from public view only to reappear in significantly increased numbers when they fall into the public domain and lose their owners."

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Penguin Revisits Library Pilot Terms | American Libraries Magazine

Penguin Revisits Library Pilot Terms | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Penguin Group USA revealed today that, as of April 2, it will remove the six-month embargo on ebook titles licensed to libraries and instead offer new titles immediately after they are released in the consumer market.
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Penguin Group USA > change to ebook lending at libraries!

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