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The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego

The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Peter C. Herman"For the past few years, both the California State University and the University of California libraries have been experimenting with packages that replace paper books with e-books. The advantages are obvious. With e-books, you no longer have to schlep to a library to take out a book. You just log on from whatever device connects you to the web, at whatever time and in whatever state of dress, and voila! the book appears on your screen.

But the real attraction is price. Library budgets, along with university budgets, have been slashed, and such companies as Pearson and Elsevier offer e-book packages that make it possible to gain access (I’ll explain the awkward syntax in a moment) to lots of books at what seems like a minimal cost. The savings are multiplied when the package serves the entire system. So instead of each campus buying a paper book, all 23 CSU’s, for instance, share a single e-book. That’s the theory, at least. The reality is very different."

 

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"Instead, a library pays to access a data file by one of two routes: “PDA,” or “Patron-Driven Acquisition,” in which a vendor makes available a variety of e-books, and a certain number of “uses” (the definition varies) triggers a purchase, or a subscription to an e-library that does not involve any mechanism for buying the e-book. Both avenues come loaded with all sorts of problems.

First, reading an e-book is a different, and lesser, experience that reading a paper book, just aswatching a movie at home differs from watching one in a theatre.

There’s a huge difference between casual and college reading, and recent studies prove beyond doubt that while e-books are perfectly fine for the latest John Grisham or Fifty Shades of Grey, they actively discourage intense reading and deep learning."

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The impact of e-books on libraries and learning. Not good!

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ATM libraries promote reading habits

ATM libraries promote reading habits | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

28(Xinhuanet)--"Beijing has recently seen an increasing number of so-called ATM libraries--the 24-hour self-service machines which allow people to borrow and return books without the help of librarians.

Anyone who wants to borrow books from the ATM library only needs to swipe their second-generation Identity Card and put down 100 yuan in cash deposit collateral. They can borrow a maximum of five books each time and return these four weeks later or extend the borrowing period by two weeks."

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ATM libraries - interesting!

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Reading Culture Still a Challenge as First Public Library Opens in Rwanda - AllAfrica.com

BY EMMANUEL R. KARAKE:

"Located in Kacyiru, just twenty minutes drive from the city centre, the new building which can seat over 300 people, is expected to change the poor reading culture in the country. The library has a book collection of over 30,000 copies on a variety of topics.

Education experts say Rwanda Public Library Services, which will also be launched today, is a timely intervention to address the poor reading culture in the country."

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Librarians on the Fly: Myth #4 How much Time Librarians Actually Read and How They Decide What To Read

Librarians on the Fly: Myth #4 How much Time Librarians Actually Read and How They Decide What To Read | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

And....."52% Host Book Clubs in the Library
40% Don't Belong in a Book Club and Don't Host a Book Club
5% Host a Book Club and Belong to an Adult Book Club
2% Teachers Host a Book Club
1% Belong to an Adult Book Club"


Via Karen Bonanno, Joao Brogueira
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Share a love of reading through the library - volunteers

Share a love of reading through the library - volunteers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Hey you, person with your nose buried in a book or an e-reader:
Look up for just a moment. You know how much you love to read?"

 

"East Valley cities public libraries: All rely on volunteers - adults and teens -- to help with shelving books, answering patrons' questions, and more."

 

 

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Milwaukee Public Library's Brilliant Ad Campaign To Get People Reading More Books

Milwaukee Public Library's Brilliant Ad Campaign To Get People Reading More Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Milwaukee Public Library's Brilliant Ad Campaign To Get People Reading More Books: Love this.

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Findings Turns Your Ebook Highlights Into Shared Reading Libraries

Findings Turns Your Ebook Highlights Into Shared Reading Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The act of highlighting a noteworthy passage in an ebook is being socialized by Findings, an online destination where readers can collect, share, discuss and discover such highlights from ebooks and (Turns Your Ebook Highlights Into Shared Reading...
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FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books, Mark O'Neill

FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books, Mark O'Neill | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Angela Alcorn:

"If you’ve heard of Project Gutenberg, you probably know it for its vast collection of free public domain books. But do you know everything it offers and how to make the best of the site?

With an army of volunteers scanning, proofreading, and editing public domain works, being able to discover obscure works of literature is now easier than ever. Project Gutenberg, which has over 45,000 books on offer (at the time of writing), aims to ensure that no book will ever truly disappear. Project Gutenberg also offers audiobooks and the chance to help get involved in the project.

FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books

Read online or download PDF, EPUB version free of charge; Kindle version $1


 

This guide, written by MakeUseOf’s own Mark O’Neill will teach you:

about the concept of public domain workshow to find and use audiobooks through Librivoxthe quickest way to self-publish your own bookshow distributed proofreading works and how to get involvedsome cool tools and tricks of the Project Gutenberg siteand will suggest some great starting points for your reading."
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Guide by Mark O'Neill

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2013 Hyperlinked Library MOOC Pilot #hyperlibMOOC Reading List! « Tame The Web

2013 Hyperlinked Library MOOC Pilot #hyperlibMOOC Reading List! « Tame The Web | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Michael Stephens:

"The Hyperlinked Library MOOC is coming together. Kyle Jones and his team of SJSU SLIS students are building an incredible site for the MOOC and for our SLIS classes.

I wanted to put out a call – as i have done before – for additions to the “Context Book” assignment. We’ll use this in the MOOC and in our regular SLIS class. What socio-technical titles would you add to this list?"

 

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Great list for the Hyperlinked Library theme - pilot MOOC reading material 

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Fantastic reading list put together for the first #hyperlibMOOC . If you can't get enough of study, you can register for the MOOC here. http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/programs/moocs/hyperlinked-library-mooc

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Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading

Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova:

"Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain"

 

"Delightfully colorful and brimming with endearingly bad copywriting, these mid-century gems exude the same charming literary enthusiasm we’ve previously seen in the reading PSA posters of the WPA era"

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Underground New York Public Library

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"The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. (Underground New York Public Library http://t.co/0ZpuyBlO "

 

"It expects to house over a thousand images by 2013. This library freely lends out a reminder that we’re all capable of traveling to great depths within ourselves and as a whole.

The NYC Reading-Riders are a plentiful and diverse group. They’re engaged in a simultaneous journey, one that takes them towards their daily pursuits as well as towards a greater sense of themselves and our world. This project takes a closer look at them in celebration and revelation.

I’m Ourit. I take and post these pictures along with some behind the scenes stories and thoughts. I’m fascinated by how we apply ourselves to stories and discourse. In so doing, we shape the course of who we understand ourselves to be."

 

4-6 images per day are being placed on the website

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Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com

Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David H. Rothman continues to articulate and comprehensively document the case that a public national digital library system should serve people of all income levels and all ages, centenarians included.

 

Recommendation #1: Aim for a mix of electronic and paper books

Recommendation #2: Investigate the efficacy not just of different kinds of e-book content but also of ways to use it

Recommendation #3: Strive for appropriate hardware, software, and connectivity

 

Needed more than ever--and not just for the disadvantaged"

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More to libraries than just buildings « Robert Rams

"The following letter was published in today’s edition of The Barnet Press:

I agree with much of the sentiment of your editorial of October 27, “we cannot allow our libraries to go easily” but disagree with a central tenet of your piece – that the only way of measuring the success of a library service is by the number of buildings.

We have been clear that the heart of our library service has to be promoting reading and literacy, even if the means by which we promote these has changed."

 

 

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Something to Shout About: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores

Something to Shout About: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @debhall: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores: http://t.co/bPwVBRzu via @AddThis - HISD has less librarians this year.
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