Category Archives: Events/Conferences

Library eBook updates from the ALA conference

I attended the American Library Association Conference in late June and was able to speak with a variety of ebook vendors about updates to interfaces, products, and services.  Below is a list of vendors with highlights for each.  I didn’t make it to every vendor, so if I have left someone off the list or you have information to add, please contact me. Continue reading Library eBook updates from the ALA conference

ALA Session: eBooks and eReaders: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap?

Here is information about a session to be held at the ALA conference this Saturday:

E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap? – IRRT Paper Session, Saturday, June 28th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Location: Las Vegas Convention Center –

S233 Description: With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, E-books and e-readers hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor. At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access. This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways. Continue reading ALA Session: eBooks and eReaders: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap?

Knowledge Unlatched wins IFLA/Brill Open Access Award

Knowledge Unlatched is the 2014 winner of the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award. 

The IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was created in 2013 for initiatives in the area of open access monograph publishing. This year the jury voted unanimously for Knowledge Unlatched, recognising it as the most outstanding and game-changing initiative in the field.

The jury of the IFLA/Brill award were “deeply impressed with the simplicity and elegance of the original concept, with the daring scope of the project, bringing together libraries, publishers and other organisations from around the world, and with the highly successful outcome of the pilot phase that tested the concept.”

The full award announcement is available here.

Oxford University Press offers free content for National Library Week

New York, NY, April 7, 2014–In celebration of National Library Week in the US (April 13 -19, 2014), a week taken to highlight the value of libraries and librarians, Oxford University Press (OUP) will be making all OUP online products, excluding journals, freely available in the US. This free access will begin on April 13 and end on April 19 at this url:

http://global.oup.com/academic/librarians/national-library-week/?cc=us&lang=en&.

Access will be disseminated via a single username and password.

“We are so excited to free up all of our online content and give it back to the library community, which has given us so much over the years,” notes Stephen Selgrade of OUP’s Online Marketing team.  “This is truly an unprecedented amount of free content, from over 30 online databases, covering everything from law to medicine, science to humanities, and math to art and music. Whether you are an academic scholar, high school student, librarian, lawyer, doctor, or an individual searching to learn something new, you’ll be able to find high quality scholarship that fits your needs.”

Resource Centers for librarians, students and professors:

If you need additional resources, tools, and ideas to help you make the most of Oxford’s online resources, please visit the following Resource Centers:

Oxford African American Studies Center offers free access to honor Black History Month

Oxford to make The Oxford African American Studies Center Free through February 2014

February 1st – 28th, 2014

 

username: blackhistorymonth

password: onlineaccess

 

In honor of Black History month, Oxford University Press will provide free access to its African American Studies Center, for the month of February.  The Oxford African American Studies Center is a rich collection of biographies compromised of influential figures as well as a host of didactic materials including photo essays, featured articles, timelines, and various primary sources. Users will be encouraged to seek out primary documents, historical route maps, and a vast collection of images and multimedia spanning the presence of African-Americans in the United States. Continue reading Oxford African American Studies Center offers free access to honor Black History Month

SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships

Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014)   In a changing academic environment, discoverability of scholarly content demands cooperative efforts across the communications supply chain. A new SAGE white paper, out today, summarizes the current discovery landscape for scholarly communications, advocates for cooperative efforts across the industry, and proposes specific recommendations for discoverability improvement for librarians, publishers, and service providers.

“This white paper draws upon novel insights contributed by international experts about the scholarly ecosystem of publisher content, research tools, and library systems. The experts make predictions about new cross-sector partnerships as researcher workflows evolve,” stated lead author Mary Somerville. “Our recommendations advance the common goal of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly publications and creative work.” Continue reading SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships

Free IFLA/ALA webinar “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models, and recommendations”

For the third consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

We are proud to present the first session of the 2014 webinar series – “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.” – http://www.ifla.org/node/6141

Following our tradition of excellence, this year our keynote speakers come from different regions of the world. They include IFLA President Elect, Donna Scheeder and other senior library leaders. Continue reading Free IFLA/ALA webinar “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models, and recommendations”

SPARC webinar on open access developments in Latin America, featuring SciELO

A colleague of mine is the presenter for this upcoming SPARC webinar:

Open Access Developments in Latin America with Nicholas Cop 

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
12:00 – 1:00PM EDT use helpful time converter
Registration is free, but required. Please RSVP by January 10th.
This webcast requires both a phone dial-in and an Internet connection.

Open Access Week events showcased the many ways people across the globe informed staff, faculty, and students to the benefits of Open Access. While there have been many advancements made here in the U.S. and the U.K., developing countries have utilized new publishing models to capitalize on opening up research results and data. Latin America, in particular has seen unprecedented surge in advocacy for public access –Argentina now has legislation that requires all publicly funded research be available in open access interoperable institutional repositories.  Continue reading SPARC webinar on open access developments in Latin America, featuring SciELO

Negotiating with vendors, 91% of librarians do not have a documented process

Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.”  In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations.

Highlights of the survey:

DPLAfest highlights

The DPLA just emailed out these links, summarizing events held last month.

On October 24-25, we held our first DPLAfest—two days of vibrant discussions  and workshops that brought together hundreds of ibrarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers, technologists, publishers, authors, teachers, students and other participants from across the country. Since then we’ve published a short series of blog posts highlighting some of the key events, workshops, and conversations coming out of the fest. You can find links to these DPLAfest roundup posts below.

Department of Commerce needs input on digital first sale by November 13

Several blogs and news sources are reporting on a public meeting regarding the first sale doctrine as it relates to digital files.  Teleread’s Juli Monroe posted last Thursday.  In her post she said, “There’s going to be a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks.

A notice was published in the Federal Register

Matt Enis at the The Digital Shift also reported on this topic.  He said, “The Department of Commerce encourages librarians and other interested parties to file comments electronically by email to: CopyrightComments2013@uspto.gov before the November 13 deadline.”

ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned

ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — so much, in fact, that the new list of required readings is quite different from the original. While this class still requires no prior knowledge of ebooks and we will again be going over the basics (e.g., formats, reading devices, dominant brands, DRM, purchasing options, etc.), we will also take a closer look at the trends that are currently driving our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. Continue reading ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned

The evolution of the book at the Lima Book Fair

I am in Lima, Peru this week attending and presenting at the Lima Book Fair  (feria internacional del libro de lima).  The fair runs for two weeks, July 19th through August 4th.  About 120 vendors exhibit at the fair and over 600,000 Peruvians are expected to visit.  Lines to enter the book fair circled the block the first weekend. The Peruvians are very attached to books (print especially), which is evident from the large number of bound materials on exhibit at the book fair.  Bookstores abound as well.

The U.S. Embassy in Lima invited me here to speak about eBooks. Continue reading The evolution of the book at the Lima Book Fair

DPLAfest accepting proposals

A message from the DPLA Team:

This is a quick reminder that we’re still accepting workshop suggestions for the first annual DPLAfest, October 24-25, 2013 in Boston, MA. If you have a great idea for a DPLA-related session or workshop for Friday, October 25, please let us know via the following form by Thursday, August 9:

http://bit.ly/11KXhch Continue reading DPLAfest accepting proposals

NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference

I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.  Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.  This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th. The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors).  A free preview issue is now available for download.

This post has new content (7/8/2013 2:00 p.m.) Continue reading NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference

SmashWords research analyzes self-published book sales data

I finally had time to read this very interesting article in the Huffington Post written by Mark Coker about the  Smashwords study conducted to analyze self-published book sales data.  Coker highlights seven key findings from the study and includes his slides from a presentation at the RT Booklovers Convention earlier this year.  It’s worth a read if you are interested in self-publishing.

The seven key findings include:

  • Ebook Sales Conform to a Power Curve
  • Viva Long Form Reading: Longer Books Sell Better
  • Shorter Book Titles Appear to Have Slight Sales Advantage
  • How Indie Authors are Pricing Their Books: $2.99 is the Most Common Price Point
  • How Price Impacts Unit Sales Volume: Lower Priced Books (usually) Sell More Copies
  • The Yield Graph: Is $3.99 the New $2.99?
  • A Closer Look at the Yield Graph Reveals Why Indie Ebook Authors Have a Competitive Advantage over Traditionally Published Authors

For those interested in self publishing, Coker offers a free ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.

ALA’s 3rd supplement on ebooks and digital content now available

The third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.

Read it online here or pick up a copy at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.

  • James LaRue, director of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries system, discusses how libraries can—and should—become local community publishers
  • Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, provides an overall assessment of the library ebook situation
  • ALA President, Maureen Sullivan, ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy look at how libraries can collaborate, manage, and lead through this period of possibilities.

You can read this supplement in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading. Click here to get started.

Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition

This is a great idea.  I hope many of you will read the book and promote it to your patrons.  I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program. Follow the program on twitter – #BigLibraryRead.

Cleveland, May 16, 2013 – Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected title, The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone, is available in OverDrive Read, Kindle (U.S. only) and EPUB formats and can be read on virtually any device.

Continue reading Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition

Springer releases white paper on eBook use and acceptance in an undergraduate institution

Springer has released a White Paper on ebook use and attitudes.  The study was conducted at Wellesley College.  Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries co-authored the white paper.

More information, including key findings and links to the full paper, is below:

A new white paper from Springer examines eBook adoption at an undergraduate institution

Conventional wisdom holds that the availability of eBooks and their inherent utility – full text searchability, ease of access, etc. – are what drive use and acceptance. But are these the only factors behind the rate of adoption of eBooks at undergraduate universities? A new Springer white paper by Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries, draws on past studies and a new survey of users at Wellesley College to uncover some interesting insights for undergraduate librarians and institutions. The white paper is available both online, and will be distributed at this year’s Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER & L) Conference in Austin, TX. Continue reading Springer releases white paper on eBook use and acceptance in an undergraduate institution

National Archives to help launch first DPLA project

March 12, 2013

Washington, DC. . . Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the National Archives, as a leading content provider to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will help launch its first pilot project.

The DPLA is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries and archives to build a digital library platform to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available anytime, anywhere, online through a single access point. Continue reading National Archives to help launch first DPLA project