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Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist? – Infographic

Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist? – Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Bob Al-Greene
"Print -- literature, journalism, you name it -- has experienced an extended obituary over the last decade, alongside the rise of digital media.
But a recent Pew study found that even as sales of e-readers like Nook and Kindle grow swiftly, young people still frequent libraries more than you might think, and print books remain popular. Even the most plugged-in lit fans are not ready to abandon print as a dead medium. In fact, e-book readers consume more books annually, no matter the format."
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Lawyers & Librarians: Google's Battle for the Books, by @jeffjohnroberts

Lawyers & Librarians: Google's Battle for the Books, by @jeffjohnroberts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I'm happy to announce the publication of my e-book, The Battle for the Books: Inside Google's Gambit to Build the World's Biggest Library. This is a 50 page tale of gossip and rivalries between lawyers and librarians, and shows a cultural collision between Silicon Valley and the east coast over control of books and knowledge."

 

Available here: http://pro.gigaom.com/books/the-battle-for-the-books/

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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 | The Information Professional | 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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» University Librarians on Ebooks, Special Collections, and the Future of Academic Libraries

» University Librarians on Ebooks, Special Collections, and the Future of Academic Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Public Services Librarian Emily Couvillon took the time to share her opinions and observations of technology's role in engaging students, teachers, and administrators alike. And, of course, some books she thinks students should pick up and check out."

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"Chris Galloway is a friend of mine who works as a library manager at University of Houston who also kindly shared his expert opinions on the topics at hand. He even queried some of his coworkers for a more in-depth look at what other Coogs think of M.D. Anderson's present and future! Perhaps I'm biased when I say this, but Chris also boasts pretty great taste in literature, so it's probably a good idea to listen to his recommendations."

 

Questions that were answered:

1. "How popular are ebooks at Doherty? Do you provide readers for students?

2. What are some of your recommended reads for students? Any for freshmen and non-traditionals in particular?

3. Where do you see things at Doherty headed within the next few years?

4. What upcoming releases are you and the other librarians excited about? Will they be recommended to the acquisitions department?

5. What are some of your favorite holdings in the University's special collections?"

 

 

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

Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future | The Information Professional | 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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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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Upcoming Digital Textbooks: Internet Librarian 2012 > IL2012

Gerry McKiernan, Science & Technology Librarian, Iowa State University

Increasingly, libraries are clearing stacks to make way for flexible spaces suited to portable personal technology and replacing print holdings with electronic collections. The session begins with a case study of replacing annually purchased reference books with electronic books, includes an analysis of the economics, review of availability of materials, and a brief look at the difficulties of creating specialized ebooks to fill in gaps. The CSU group share the results of a survey to assess the use of e-reader and tablet devices, their adoption by students and faculty, as well as how frequently and in what environments they are being used for conducting research and completing course assignments. McKiernan looks at the current landscape for digital textbooks; the vendors, platforms and initiatives happening in this space; funding options; predictions; and more!"

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Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4

Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
There's no comprehensive service for e-book lending. So tomorrow the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a review into the best way to make e-books available to all library users.

 

"Insisting on a visit to the library to download an e-book might be one way of protecting libraries from closure in an increasingly digital future. But there’s another threat – from online retailer Amazon, who make the best-selling e-reading device, the Kindle. Amazon currently refuses to license Kindle technology to libraries, prompting fears it could launch its own nationwide e-lending service, which could perhaps further undermine both the publishing industry and the local library – whatever the outcome of the government’s review on e-lending."

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Libraries built by users- Expert Discussion with Anette Klein- Goethe-Institut 

Libraries built by users- Expert Discussion with Anette Klein- Goethe-Institut  | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries Built by Users – An Interview with Annette Klein http://t.co/J2pHyiw0...

 

[...] the library can use an acquisition profile to select relevant eBooks from the total collection of titles available. Library users are given access to the desired titles on the aggregation platform, and the title data are entered into the library’s online catalogue.

When a user comes across a PDA eBook in the catalogue, it will look just like any other eBook in the library’s collection. Via a link contained in the title data, the user is rerouted to the provider’s platform, where a free preview of the book is initially available prior to purchase.

Full access, which requires payment, is only triggered by more intensive use – just what constitutes intensive use is defined differently from one platform to another: it may be if the same title is accessed several times, if it is accessed beyond a certain time limit or if the book is copied, printed or downloaded."

[...] The library can determine whether a book should be purchased permanently upon initial intensive use, or whether access should first be granted in the form of a temporary personal loan."

 

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Choosing the Best E-Reader … for me, and for you | TeleRead

Choosing the Best E-Reader … for me, and for you | TeleRead | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Cara Gavin:

"I recently stumbled upon a Tech News Daily article that helps consumers choose which e-reader is best for them. I delved right in, looking to find the answers to my e-reader questions.

Should I get a tablet or an e-reader?

Do I want to type or tap?

Kindle vs. Nook: Which has the better display?

Do I want to read in bed?

What about book selection?

Do I get any perks?"

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A Bold Future for Public Libraries | Public Libraries of New Zealand

A Bold Future for Public Libraries | Public Libraries of New Zealand | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @lianzaoffice: Strategic Framework for NZ Public Libraries promises a bold future.

 

"Public Libraries of New Zealand - A Strategic Framework 2012 - 2017" charts the future of public libraries in New Zealand. It is designed to help libraries, and their local councils to extend their services through new technology, and improve their efficiency through partnerships and alliances.

It addresses the challenges that public libraries face in meeting the changing needs of their communities. There has been a significant shift in how people access information and interact in a digital environment. Public Libraries are responding to these changes by using technologies to deliver their purpose in new ways. This means access anywhere, anytime, via smart phone or computer, having E-books to download for free, helping local groups to record and store local history digitally so that it can be both preserved and shared, and giving people access to unique New Zealand treasures stored in other places.

 

Framework here: http://www.publiclibrariesofnewzealand.org.nz/strategicframework

 

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