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The Running Librarian: Evaluating e-books in Law Libraries - Slideshare

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RT @aallnet: RT @WestlawSmallLaw: RT @erroladamsjdmls: The Running Librarian: Evaluating e-books in Law Libraries http://t.co/OsqVg6ox...

 

by JAMES MULLAN:

"The iLibrarian [Ellyssa Kroski] has published the slides from a recent presentation on e-books, which I've embedded below. In her talk she outlines some of the benefits and downsides to purchasing and maintaining e-book collections. If you've not thought about e-books before, this is a good introduction to the topic."

 

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/ellyssa/evaluating-ebook-offerings?from=ss_embed&nbsp

 

 

Valid information for librarians from any library to consider, with statistics of tablet and ebook use 

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The Role of Social Media for Libraries, Part II » Heather Backman - New York #ebooks

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by Lisa Chau:

Heather Backman 

"She discusses here how technology such as e-books affected the library:

In one sense, e-books have changed very little about what libraries do or how we do it; they just allow us to deliver a basic library service in a different medium. Some people have said that e-books are “killing” the printed book or that they spell the end of libraries, but that hasn’t been my experience. To my mind, the e-book is not “killing” the printed book, just supplementing it. We are still buying physical books in large quantities and I expect that we will continue to do so for a long time. I would go so far as to say that I doubt the physical book will ever completely go away. Even if it does, libraries are more about information-sharing than about lending physical items; handling e-books may mean changes in some of our procedures but I don’t think that libraries will cease to exist when the e-book predominates."

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Computers in Libraries Conference: Talks E-Books, Why E-Books Need Libraries, Other Deep Thoughts: Your Weekly Libraries and E-Content News Summary | Library Renewal

Computers in Libraries Conference: Talks E-Books, Why E-Books Need Libraries, Other Deep Thoughts: Your Weekly Libraries and E-Content News Summary | Library Renewal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A very useful collection of videos, presentations, and blog entries on ebooks present and future condition.

 

{...} "round-up of electronic content and library news we have summaries from two sessions at last week’s Computers in Libraries conference, where several sessions were devoted to the future of electronic content."


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Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget

Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Andy at @wawoodworth:

"Not happy with an eBook collection that has limited checkouts or paying three times the price for the “privilege”? I’m willing to bet that there are better uses for that eBook budget money that would yield a higher rate of return on investment, better community outreach and involvement, and/or make more fiscal sense for your library’s stakeholders. So, I brainstormed a few ideas but I’m hoping that you can help me think of more possible uses."

- Programming

- Hire someone

- Build something cool, like a new digital lab

- Start a new and different collection

- Start you own ebook partnership"

 

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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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Harry Potter books will now be available in public libraries due to an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan | Business | TIME.com

Harry Potter books will now be available in public libraries due to an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan | Business | TIME.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By JILL PRILUCK

"The Harry Potter website known as Pottermore has been beset by delays. But there is some good news. When the portal launches later this year, its stock of JK Rowling e-books and digital audiobooks will be available to public library members.

This coup for borrowers was the result of an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, the largest distributor of digital content to libraries. But OverDrive is more than just a library partner. It also will provide the sales platform for buyers to purchase e-books on Pottermore."

Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/02/29/harry-potter-and-the-future-of-public-libraries/?iid=biz-main-lede#ixzz1nqdGvybT

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2011 Global Student E-book Survey

2011 Global Student E-book Survey - by Allen McKiel. Usage up 8 - 16%.
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E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World

E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Barbara Galletly:

"E-books have become a core part of U.S. publishers’ business. Libraries and booksellers have built e-book lending programs. What is the future of e-lending?"

 

"We’re witnessing a sea change in e-book library lending. As more players become involved in the market, the traditional roles of publisher, distributor, bookseller, and library are beginning to blur. One thing is clear, though: As publishers struggle to sell and market their wares in a world of declining retail space, libraries become more valuable. If digital shelf space at libraries proves to have similar effect as its physical counterpart, to serve libraries and their patrons digitally is to cultivate customers of the future."

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TOC 2012: LeVar Burton, Libraries and The Bookstore of the Future

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Calvin Reid:

"O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference returned to New York with a typical high profile slate focused on publishing innovation driven by technology and a new vision of just what publishing can mean.

 This year’s TOC kicked off with an inspirational keynote by actor, director and now digital entrepreneur, LeVar Burton, before turning quickly to the big issues surrounding libraries and e-book lending and a new and breathtaking vision of independent bookselling."

 

 

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Bad news for libraries on ebook lending

Bad news for libraries on ebook lending | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Bad news this week for libraries that want to continue offering new ebooks to patrons.

 Jane Henderson:

 

"The big New York publishers aren't going to loosen their terms -- at least not right away.
As I understand it, Penguin said essentially that because it is severing its association with OverDrive, a library digital vendor, libraries can't buy new ebooks from that publisher. It is trying to figure out an agreement to allow libraries to continue lending ebooks they have already bought.
HarperCollins already limits the number of times a library ebook can be downloaded. Only Random House provides unfettered access to its ebooks -- and next month it's raising its prices for libraries.
The concern is over whether the publishers will lose money by allowing libraries to lend ebooks. Digital books can, in fact, be pirated and downloaded for free (although that may not be what's happening with OverDrive). OverDrive's links apparently have directed library borrowers to Amazon's Kindle store."

 

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/book-blog/05da3f24-53fe-11e1-b30a-0019bb30f31a.html#ixzz1mFJuT1zK

 

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Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans

Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dennis Johnson:

[...]yesterday, the biggest of the Big Six [publishers], Random House, threw caution to the wind and announced they’d struck a deal with libraries:

It was going to raise the price of its ebooks to library wholesalers, but once a library had bought the book, that was it. They could loan it out as many times as they wanted and never buy it again."

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Libraries turn to cloud for e-book lending

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"St. Paul, Minn. — Millions of Americans now own Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers. And libraries are taking notice, expanding their collections of e-books they can loan to patrons.

That trend has 3M's attention. The company has a long history of serving libraries. And 3M sees a big business opportunity in helping libraries build, manage and lend their collections of electronic books.

The St. Paul Public Library next month will begin a formal trial of 3M's "Cloud Library" system, along with ten other major public libraries around the country."

 

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Libraries and Ebooks: What’s Going On?

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Libby Fischer Hellmann:

A discussion about ebooks for patrons with four librarians...

 

"With all of the discussions, opinions, and analyses of ebooks these days, one of the aspects we don’t hear enough about are libraries and how they’re adapting to the e-verse. An article in PW recently discussed the situation from a library’s point of view and pointed out some issues that are impeding the growth of ebook borrowing. As both an author and an avid user of libraries, I decided to approach it a little differently.

 

A large percentage of my readers, maybe even a majority, have borrowed my books from the library in the past, so I’m especially interested how and if library patrons are able to download my ebooks easily. So far, the answer is “kinda-sorta.” The only way I know that patrons can download ebooks is through Overdrive, and there seems to be some issues with Overdrive’s inventory, ie some libraries have titles that other libraries don’t. In other words, no consistency. Which is not a good thing for a mid-list author."

 

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Libraries adapt, change with advances in technology - via Louisburg Herald

Libraries adapt, change with advances in technology - via Louisburg Herald | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Kiersten Allen:

"The evolution of technology does not mean the extinction of libraries. We have requests for help with new technology every day. When someone gets a new gadget and doesn’t know what to do with it, where do they go? They turn to the library.

Patrons want our help with purchase recommendations for the popular eReaders, using the gadgets (straight out of the box), and accessing free books. They have their eReaders and now want their eLibraries. Thanks to library eContent, eBooks and eReaders, the publishing industry is transforming how books are delivered to readers. We equate the changes to the advancement of the Internet in libraries. We adapted then, and we are adapting now."

 

http://www.kccommunitynews.com/louisburg-herald-news/30868397/detail.html

 


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How Libraries Remain Relevant, by Chandra Steele - National Libraries Week

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National Library Week: How Libraries Remain Relevant http://t.co/zILGyXS4 via @pcmag...

 Chandra Steele: 

 

" [...] the real purpose of a library is to amass and disseminate knowledge. So, even if printed matter were to disappear, libraries would still be a cultural necessity.
Rather than limiting their domain, libraries have steadily expanded it by introducing their communities to technology through initiatives, classes, Internet access, and even a repurposing of their facilities. They potentially could serve as tech incubators. Two decades before the iPad would become a virtual library, Steve Jobs, in a video for the Library of Congress, said, "We're not going to tear down our libraries, but we're not going to be building too many more."

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Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do – The Shatzkin Files

Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do – The Shatzkin Files | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mike Shatzkin:

"The reluctance of most big publishers to make ebooks available through library lending is a topic of widespread attention and concern."

 

"If any big publisher asked me for an opinion about a library policy (and none has), this is what I’d say today.

1. Start immediately experimenting with “baskets” of titles. [...]

2. One set of experiments that should be productive would be on titles that have already had their high-volume run. [...]

3. Look at the “make” books on an upcoming list: those that aren’t by big name authors that are already guaranteed to sell well. [...]

4. License titles for two or three years rather than limiting the number of loans. [...]

5. Explore ways for libraries to sell ebooks to patrons who discover titles through them but, for whatever reason, want to purchase them. [...]"

 

"Publishers’ concerns about the impact of library lending are reasonable. But responding to that concern by simply “freezing” is not helpful to anybody and it may actually be damaging the sales of the books the publishers are trying to protect. I don’t know and the librarians don’t know what the marketplace impact will be of branded ebooks being made available through libraries, but the publishers don’t know either. It is time for all of us to start finding out."

 

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Libraries protest Random House price hike - Aiken Standard

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TechCrunchLibraries protest Random House price hike Aiken Standard AP NEW YORK (AP) --

 

"The American Library Association is urging Random House Inc. to reconsider its steep increases in the price of e-books for library wholesalers

Random House, the country's largest trade publisher, announced earlier this week that wholesale charges for e-books would rise by more than 20 percent for new adult releases and more than double for new children's books. Random House noted that e-books can be "repeatedly circulated without limitation," unlike paper books, which eventually become worn or damaged.

 

Read more: Libraries protest Random House price hike | Aiken Standard
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/f0206-BC-US-Books-Libraries-R-03-02-0352

 

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PLA - Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future | Public Libraries Online

PLA - Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future | Public Libraries Online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @gluejar: Libraries "don’t have the luxury of waiting for things to work themselves out." http://t.co/j96Ze314 by @theanalogdivide...

 

Toby at theanalogdivide@gmail.com:

 

"As libraries start to take a longer view, we can start thinking creatively about other features e-books can offer. Imagine library e-books that not only could be checked out, but that connect you to a real-time network of associated information and a community of other library users sharing their own reactions and commentary.7 This goes beyond the popular concept of the library as place, rather positioning the library as a platform — a springboard for research, conversation, and building community. To get there, it’s going to take a mix of comprehensive training, community support, and homespun innovation. I hope you’ll join me in pushing things forward."

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