Category Archives: Academic Libraries

new blog interview with authors of ARL Spec Kit on eBooks

Today I had a great conversation with Cathy Anson, Director of Sponsored Research and Ruth Connell, Head Collection Management and Systems Administration, Grasselli Library at John Carroll University.  They are the researchers behind the ARL Spec Kit 313 – E-book Collections.  Cathy and Ruth discussed the survey findings, including the biggest surprises and some notable quotes.  Publishers and vendors, I highly recommend listening to the interview, and reading the Spec Kit.

You can find the blog interview on the NSR interviews page.

New ARL Publication – “E-book Collections”

Congrats to two fellow Ohioans (Cathy Anson and Ruth Connell) on the publication of an ARL Spec Kit – “E-book Collections“  Their research discusses the practice of ebook selection, acquisition, and marketing in major academic libraries, based on survey responses.  According to Cathy Anson from John Carroll University, “Our findings present a behind-the-scenes look at the difficulties experienced by ebook librarians in an academic library. The ebook process doesn’t work like the model for print books or for electronic journals and requires libraries to create new interdepartmental work flows. Publishers, vendors, and aggregators offer a variety of complex licensing agreements for ebooks which must be carefully reviewed and negotiated.  The most useful method of creating a new model of selection and acquisition is through the use of task forces.”

The press release and the executive summary for “E-book Collections” published by the Association of Research Libraries is available at http://www.arl.org/news/pr/spec313.shtml .

Librarians – CIBER Global Library Survey open through October 18th

Tish Wilson from ebrary just emailed me this press release:

CIBER Opens Global Library Survey in Conjunction with Charleston Conference, ebrary, and YBP
September 28, 2009 – London, UK – The CIBER research group at University College London (UCL) today invited all libraries to participate in an international survey examining challenges, trends, and best practices in tough economic times. Based on input from nearly 200 librarians worldwide, the questionnaire is now available and will remain open through October 18. Results of the survey, which is co-sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services and ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, USA. Continue reading Librarians – CIBER Global Library Survey open through October 18th

New Audio Interview with Heather Staines from Springer

Heather Staines, Global eProduct Manager for SpringerLink, Springer Science + Business Media, and I had a nice conversation about Springer’s eBook preservation strategy.  The conversation was based on Heather’s article in Against the Grain, February 2009.  Heather discusses Portico, LOCKSS, and general eBook preservation issues.   Listen to Heather’s interview and many others through the NSR interviews page.

AMA eBook Strategy

In an August 25th press release the American Medical Association announced it’s eBook strategy.  They launched an eBook portal, hosted on iPublishCentral from Impelsys.  The platform will allow publishers to provide both formats – e and p to users.  Apparently the platform will have the look/feel of the traditional pages of the print book, but with value added features like access anywhere, searching, bookmarking, and “user personalization.”

Notebooks preferred to Readers for eTextbooks, highlights of the EDUCAUSE webinar on eTextbooks at NWMSU

I sat in on the EDUCAUSE webinar today on the eTextbook pilot project at NW Missouri State University.  Some background:

NWMS University has been purchasing textbooks for their students for the last 100 years!  They also provide notebook PC’s to students for a rather small fee.  Testing the eTextbook plan with the SONY Reader was the logical next step.  The pilot was last Fall.  The campus library is a separate function on campus, they were not involved in this project.  The presenters will be speaking at the EDUCAUSE conference in Denver this fall. Continue reading Notebooks preferred to Readers for eTextbooks, highlights of the EDUCAUSE webinar on eTextbooks at NWMSU

Loaning Kindles

Listened in on a Kindle Loan program at the Handheld Librarian conference today.  Panelists from university and public libraries discussed their current Kindle loan programs.  Some highlights included:

  • Each school had between 4 and 8 Kindles for loan, mostly Kindle 1 and 2
  • Circulation staff handled the loan/fines and the downloading of titles
  • Program started as an ILL service, asking patrons with ILL requests if they were open to using the Kindle/ebook (about 1/2 were willing to during the pilot) Continue reading Loaning Kindles

eTextbook Article from EduCause Quarterly

Great article in the EduCause Quarterly “A Campus-Wide E-textbook Initiative.”  Authors,  Jon T. Rickman, Roger Von Holzen, Paul G. Klute, and Teri Tobin describes the process that Northwest Missouri State University followed to transition from a textbook rental program to an eTextbook rental program.  eBook Readers, Laptops, and the NMSU implementation plan are discussed in detail. Continue reading eTextbook Article from EduCause Quarterly

UM to sell digitized books on Amazon

First Google, now Amazon, UM has certainly got connections.  They announced this week a plan to offer book reprints for sale on Amazon as reprints on demand.  According to their press release,”The University of Michigan will make thousands of books that are no longer in copyright — including rare and one-of-a-kind titles — available as reprints on demand under a new agreement with BookSurge, part of the Amazon.com group of companies.  The agreement gives the public a unique opportunity to buy reprints of a wide range of titles in the U-M Library for as little as a few dollars. As individual copies are sold on Amazon.com, BookSurge will print and bind the books in soft-cover form.” Continue reading UM to sell digitized books on Amazon