Big increases leave librarians at liberal-arts institutions feeling ambushed.
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Ebrary, an e-book library owned by the aggregator ProQuest, announces that 11 academic publishers, including major players like Taylor & Francis and Oxford University Press, would be raising the cost of short-term e-book loans effective June 1, by as much as 300 percent.
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.
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Libraries, it took well over a century, from the university’s founding in 1789, to reach a collection of one million volumes. In the last five years alone, the campus has added nearly one million “volume-equivalents”, mainly due to massive e-book acquisitions. As a consequence, last year UNC’s e-books acquisitions were three times greater than print books.
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Libraries are now transforming their purchase of resources moving from title-by-title selection that characterized print book acquisition to en bloc acquisition of e-books. Check out how this academic library has increased its collection through aggressive ebook acquisition.
UC Berkeley students in the campus’s School of Information are collaborating to enhance the efficiency of e-books in the hopes of revolutionizing the accessibility of information among researchers and the general public.
According to Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) student Jacob Hartnell, research on e-books will improve an inefficient system that is “app-based” instead of “Web-based.” He noted that existing e-books viewed on one device are often viewed differently or cannot be viewed at all on another device.
Hartnell and his team aim to harness a web-based platform, using the standardized Web language of HTML5, to create e-books as an alternative to private proprietary formats like Kindle and iBook.
eBooks on EBSCOhost® from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) continues to grow as thousands of e-books have been added to the eBook Academic Collection™ —increasing the number of e-books to more than 112,000.
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Since its release, eBook Academic Collection has continued to grow and offers academic institutions a vast array of e-books to complement their collections. The breadth of multidisciplinary e-book titles available in this collection enables students and researchers to find information relevant to their research needs.
Bexar County is set to open the first entirely bookless public library in San Antonio this fall.
A new library, known as the Bibliotech, to be opened in Bexar County, Texas, will provide visitors with a bank of e-Readers for borrowing e-books ... but books of the traditional paper variety will be glaringly absent. The project marks the first public library to be built as an all-digital service and just to make sure library-goers are in no doubt that it's the 21st century, the interior will feature a design influenced by Apple retail stores.
San Antonio isn’t new to the concept of bookless libraries. The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) was one of the first academic institutions to offer its students a bookless library in 2010, implementing a system that proved popular with students. The public library system will differ from UTSA’s in that it will be “designed for, not adapted to, the digital age”,according to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Just like in the book publishing industry, the rise of e-books is propelling libraries into a revolution. The most basic questions of library operations are in play. For example, libraries are not able to purchase access to some titles. Other titles are available, but pricing and other access terms are markedly less favorable as compared to print books.
This new blog will feature perspectives from the library community on developments and directions of the e-book marketplace and the implications for libraries. In addition, we hope that the posts will stimulate discussions within the e-book ecosystem more broadly to develop improved ways to connect authors and readers, the long-standing common bond of publishers and libraries.
The recently announced iPad mini, along with similar digital tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 make for nearly perfect e-reading devices.
Building an e-library is ten times easier than building and maintaining a paper book library.
So after you’ve purchased your iPad, you will want to install at least two e-book reading apps on your device: the iBooks Reader and the Kindle for the iPad. Both are free downloads.
This beginner’s guide recommends apps and features to get you started in building your library. Though the focus on is on the iPad, because it’s the device used for the last two years to build an e-library, the recommendations apply to other devices, including the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Nobel Nook. But the iPad offers some extra features that you will eventually find useful over other devices.
Library Journal is presenting a series of articles, Exploring Ebook Options, that takes an indepth look at some of the ebook platforms that are now in the marketplace. Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 and Freading from Library Ideas have already been profiled. This story provides an environmental scan.
As a primer, it discusses a variety of options for purchasing ebooks. For libraries with limited budgets, it also offers sites where free ebook content is available. When purchasing ebooks and other downloadable media, it is crucial to evaluate each vendor. This primer provides links to sample evaluation charts online.
"We librarians cannot stand by and do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide. We cannot wait passively while some publishers deny access to our cultural record. We must speak out on behalf of today’s — and tomorrow’s — readers.The library community demands meaningful change and creative solutions that serve libraries and our readers who rightfully expect the same access to e-books as they have to printed books.
"So, which side will you be on? Will you join us in a future of liberating literature for all? Libraries stand with readers, thinkers, writers, dreamers and inventors. Books and knowledge — in all their forms — are essential. Access to them must not be denied."
Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries, why they use them, and how that use may change...
Library Journal releases its groundbreaking publication on Who Uses Libraries and Why. The first Issue Library Patrons and Ebook Usage is now available:
Access is one of the core values of librarianship, but there are others: Privacy, Sharing, Preservation. Paper books can serve all those values simultaneously, while ebooks bring them into tension. This article discusses more issues about the future of ebooks.
"The one thing I know for certain about the future of ebooks in libraries is that it’s about tradeoffs among deeply held values. Right now, we have lots of options which protect ebook access via established distribution chains and publisher agreements — but they also limit it through DRM, restricted format support, and outright refusal by some publishers to sell ebooks to libraries. Negotiating preservation can be complicated or impossible; privacy questions lurk; and checkout limits put sharing at risk."
How should academic libraries determine the value of e-books? A Springer White Paper (Scholarly eBooks: Understanding the Return on Investment for Libraries) explores why libraries should measure value – and how they should go about it.
Here's a list of 100 websites to download books legally, sorted out by categories: Classics, Textbooks, Children's Books, Math and Science, Philosophy and Religion, Histoy and Culture, Modern Fiction, Plays, Foreign Language, Rare Books, Arts and Entertainment, Mystery, Poetry, and Miscellaneous.
“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.
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. ..."
A new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project looks at the future of libraries.
The study, titled “Library services in the digital age,” doesn’t include anything particularly shocking or revelatory, but it suggests that many people still value the role of libraries, and that librarians are thinking about how their services can evolve.
The new survey finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age.
It also explores the changing world of library services by exploring the activities at libraries that are already in transition and the kinds of services citizens would like to see if they could redesign libraries themselves. It is part of a larger research effort by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that is exploring the role libraries play in people’s lives and in their communities. The research is underwritten by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The first and most important thing you need to know about Anthony De Luna is that he’s not here to destroy your books. On the contrary, he loves old-fashioned ink-and-paper books.
Though he admits Filipinos are very much attached to their old-fashioned ink-and-paper books, De Luna is also trying to convince local publishers that the digital revolution is coming, whether they like it or not. “So when we talk to major publishers here we just talk about preparing for it. We don’t ask them to convert now or distribute now. It’s more of our evangelism at this point. That’s why we publish our own (books). If only the publishers do it on their own, we don’t have to publish. But because there is a barrier there, we felt that we had to get it started for the Philippines.”
In November 2011, De Luna launched Flipreads.com, which served as a retailing outlet for their Filipino content. Flipside has now published over 130 local titles, most of them in 2012 alone. Aside from their titles being made available online, the local publishers also get a larger cut of the book’s cover price, getting 70 percent through Flipreads instead of the 35 percent they would get through other outlets.
To get content, Flipside co-published e-books together with local companies, beginning with the University of the Philippines Press. Today, Flipside co-publishes selected e-books from the UP Press, Ateneo de Manila University Press, De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.
"Bundling is an age-old merchandising technique in which customers are offered a discount if they purchase two related products. In the case of books, it’s a combo of two formats, print edition and e-book. Though the technical barriers to delivering both in one transaction are coming down, the real issue is how much to charge for the bundle."
In this article, Richard Curtis offers several bundling strategies, though he personally believes that the ebook version should be included free of charge with the purchase of the print edition. So, why do we have to choose between print and digital?
The American Library Association has launched a website, Ebooks and Digital Content, that provides links to resources on all aspects of e-content in libraries.
Supporting the “Transformation” of libraries is a priority of the Association’s 2015 Strategic Plan, and the rapid shift from print to digital content is one of the more dramatic developments now transforming libraries of all types.
New digital forms of information offer rich and extraordinary opportunities for libraries to expand community access to information and to revolutionize in positive ways the relationship between libraries and users. At the same time, these new forms of digital content pose new challenges.
As libraries struggle to meet the challenges of providing digital content in an environment characterized by significant uncertainty and changing on a daily basis, there is a need for an Association-wide group of experts, broadly representative of the many constituencies within the library community, that can proactively address these digital content opportunities and issues at the highest level and from both a policy and practical perspective.
With the increased availability of books in electronic format and libraries’ move from the just-in-case to the just-in-time delivery model and from a storage facility to a collaboration center, it’s no wonder academic libraries have been shifting toward purchasing eBooks over paper copies.
Like the transition from print to electronic serials, this transition comes with its own difficulties, especially for academic libraries. Being aware of the issues is one thing, but academic librarians need to find ways to ensure that the needs of the academic researcher do not get lost in the currently consumer-focused marketplace.
The article examines the literature from 2005 to present and best practices for acquiring, cataloguing, maintaining and promoting e-books; academic library practices include implementing trials, considering institutional requirements, providing e-books in library catalogues, monitoring usage and utilizing the library web site for promotion.
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