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Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books

Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Three dozen academic libraries are teaming up with the Springer publishing company to pioneer a way to lend a fast-growing part of library holdings.
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Academic libraries have a long, proud tradition of sharing books and journals through interlibrary loan. But the efforts to extend that practice to e-books, even though libraries are buying more and more content in digital format, have been stymied because licenses do not allow e-book lending, and libraries lack the technology to make it work. Fortunately, a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will soon be tested to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-books.

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Another example of the importance of collaboration in today's digital age.

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New IFLA Releases 'Thinkpiece' on Libraries, e-Lending and the ...

New IFLA Releases 'Thinkpiece' on Libraries, e-Lending and the ... | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

In May 2012 IFLA released a Background Paper on eLending which discussed the situation facing public libraries seeking to lend eBooks to their users. The paper discussed the challenges facing libraries as a result of an increase in access to eReading devices among library users and a corresponding enthusiasm for access to digital reading content. In particular it highlighted a damaging lack of access to popular eBook titles due to publisher restrictions on their license or sale to libraries and cautioned of broad negative societal implications if digital content is withheld from library collections. ..."

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The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech

The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
“There’s a lot of talk about how libraries should change, but very few ideas of how they should be shaped,” said Vaughn Tan, a member of the Harvard‘s University Library project. “Every library should figure out what they want to be and just do that.” Some may think libraries a dying relic, but surprisingly, people still go there to use computers, often to look for work or beef up their tech skills. Small businesses and community organizations also use study rooms for office and meeting spaces. And according to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation report, nearly half of Americans living below the poverty line access e-mail and the Web from libraries, highlighting how they’re still an important staple in the community. Technology crippled libraries, but they’re also helping them keep apace, as more people pick up e-readers at the cost of physical books. In the past year, a quarter of Americans read an e-book, and as of November, about one-third reported owning an e-reader or tablet, according to a Pew survey. “It is a most exciting time for libraries. Books are still important, but libraries are also delivering content and experiences to their communities in new, very different and exciting ways.” A shift is needed. To move libraries from places where you look up facts to those where you learn skills and engage in new experiences. Instead of “shushing” librarians and stilted study rooms, libraries often have integrated art galleries, coffee shops and even cafeterias. Read more: http://techland.time.com/2013/06/25/the-future-of-libraries-short-on-books-long-on-tech/
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Libraries are doing what they’ve always done: adapting to technology.
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