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
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
I’m not an OverDrive customer, but I’ve always wanted to attend the Digipalooza conference. It looks like it is very educational and entertaining. Registration is open. Visit www.digipalooza.com for more information. Here’s a bit from the site:
OverDrive’s International User Group Conference for partner libraries, Digipalooza offers a unique blend of education, networking and fun.
Education & Best Practices from Leading Librarians
Learn how to maximize the value and circulation of eBooks, digital audiobooks and other media through best practices from experienced library staff, demonstrations of the latest software, devices, and mobile applications, as well as tips and tools for increasing awareness and addressing today’s trends.
Continue reading OverDrive’s Digipalooza, August 1st – 4th
Credo Survey Suggests Students Lack Basic Information Skills Critical for Academic and Workforce Success
Survey finds 37% of students do not feel adequately prepared to start research
More information from the press release below. Note the opportunity to attend an event at ACRL relating to the study as well as receive the full text of the study. Links are below.
March 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford — A survey developed by librarians and sponsored by Credo found that many college students falsely perceive their level of information literacy. The data collected suggests that while students display an understanding of information skills, they are not successful at the next step application of the skill. These information skills are critical to success in the classroom, but they also extend beyond campus to prepare students for success on the job and in everyday life. Continue reading Credo survey suggests students lack basic information skills
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: A Scorecard for Public Libraries. Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference
ProQuest has done it again. Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL. EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection. They have long been a competitor for ebrary, offering similar monograph content to academic and special libraries worldwide.
Library customers of ebrary and EBL can expect business as usual until the conclusion of the approval period. After that however, the tides will change. Responding to specific questions from No Shelf Required, Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President, ProQuest Workflow Solutions, said, “Until the approval period is over, ProQuest/ebrary and EBL will operate as separate companies with their respective content and acquisition models remaining the same. Customers for both companies will not experience any changes at this time. ebrary and EBL shared around 200 publishers, and have most of the big ones in common. There are some publishers that ebrary has and EBL does not and vice versa, so respective customers could potentially gain more content upon the deal closing. After closing the deal, the best features of EBL and ebrary will be combined on a single platform after approximately 18 months. At this point the timeline is a target and is subject to change.” Continue reading ProQuest to acquire EBL, ebrary and EBL services to merge
Those of you attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting may want to stop by for a demo of the OverDrive streaming services. The One-Step Checkout (TM) sounds great to me.
Washington Convention Center, SeattleJan. 22, 2013Today OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115. Continue reading OverDrive announces streaming video and audio services for libraries and schools
From the DPLA website:
April 18-19, 2013
Boston Public Library
Mark your calendars! On April 18-19, 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will bring together librarians, technologists, creators, innovators, students, government leaders, and others interested in building a national digital library to the Boston Public Library in Boston, MA to celebrate the launch of the DPLA prototype and the conclusion of the two-year planning initiative.
The two-day event will include a brief working day on Thursday, April 18th, followed by a formal reception featuring presentations and a series of interactive exhibits. On Friday, April 19th, the DPLA will convene a focused half-day plenary meeting showcasing the DPLA’s progress and potential.
We hope that you’ll join us for interactive exhibits, the prototype launch, and more!
Further details are forthcoming.
The following are my notes from the NISO eBook Forum Program – End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
Presented by – Steve Paxhia, President, Beacon Hill Strategic Solutions
3 of the studies presented today are not even published yet. Most of the data shown was within just a few weeks of collection. He summarized 4 reports from thousands of participants, millions of data points. Much of the data was preliminary, so the numbers I list below may change with the final reports. Continue reading End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys, from the NISO eBook Forum
The following are my notes from the presentation – Born accessible: making e-books fully inclusive from day one – held during the NISO- The E-Book Renaissance Part II: Challenges and Opportunities. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
- Larry Goldberg, Director, Media Access Group Director at WGBH
- Geoff Freed, Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
An accessible ebook is not one that just reads the book. It must contain structure, a clear and easy way to navigate the content if you cannot see the screen. Software on the device must speak the screen for you. A screen reader only reads text.
An accessible ebook needs to read structure too like navigation tools (TOC, tables, lists), seek and find, investigate objects and read in a specific order. It needs to allow the user to control the content as well Continue reading Creating Accessible E-books: Summary of NISO program
I hope you will join me in attending this virtual conference on Wednesday. There is a great line-up of speakers, panelists, and other events. More info below from LJ/SLJ
WHAT: The Digital Shift: Libraries, eBooks and Beyond, the 3rd annual online summit by Library Journal/School Library Journal, will explore how libraries are navigating the transition from print to digital and integrating “e” into collections, catalogs and classrooms.
This full-day program, including tracks designed specifically for public, academic and school libraries, will feature keynote authors discussing the nature of the evolving â€˜book’ in the digital future and programs that take a closer look at the value of libraries in the eBook space and how libraries can assure their users’ access to eBooks. Information will also be shared on product use, practical implementation and how technology is affecting the reading experience. Continue reading The LJ/SLJ Digital Shift event is this Wednesday, are you registered?
Twice today I received news about crowd sourcing opportunities for two different dictionaries. This one is a contest, with a $2,000 prize. Hopefully it’s just as easy-peasy as the OED project. From the press release:
COPIA OFFERS FIRST EVER INSIDE-THE-EBOOK CONTEST
NEW YORK, September 24Copia, the unique social eReading platform and web site, today announced the $2,000 Devil’s Dictionary Contest, in which entrants add humorous definitions to the margins of the free Copia edition of the classic book by Ambrose Bierce. The contest, which will be judged by Time humorist and bestselling author Joel Stein, marks the first time note sharing in the margins of a book has been used as the forum for a contest. Continue reading Copia’s Inside-the-Ebook contest features crowd sourced definitions for The Devil’s Dictionary
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is delighted to announce our first Appfest, an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The first Appfest will take place on November 8-9, 2012, at the Chattanooga Public Library on The 4th Floor. We’ll have access to their new 1 gig wireless internet connection, so anything you build should be smokin’ fast!
Continue reading DPLA Appfest scheduled for November 8 – 9, 2012
The 2012 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature conference, From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Children’s Literature, will be held from 8:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, November 3, at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Keynote speakers are Gary Schmidt, National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2011 and winner of both Newbery and Printz Honor awards; and Loren Long, children’s book writer and illustrator whose work has reached the Number 1 position on the New York Times best-selling list. A pre-conference public event will be held Friday evening at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Public Library. Continue reading Upcoming event in Kentucky – From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Children’s Literature
The Handheld Librarian 7 conference will be held virtually next Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th. On day two, a 2-hour workshop on the state of the eReader is available. More information is below:
State of the eReader: This featured workshop will focus on the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of eReaders. The goal is to give librarians and library staff the broad info they need to help patrons access and manage mobile digital content. Discussion will include examples of effective eReader use in a variety of libraries and tips on creating accessible eBook and eReader collections.
Moderator: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries
The following is an announcement from Ken Chad regarding a JISC study:
The challenge of ebooks: Can you contribute? Workshop in London on Tuesday 21st August
We are investigating the challenges of ebooks in academic institutions and would like to engage, early on in our project, with individuals interested in taking part in a workshop in London on Tuesday 21st August. The aims of this half day (free) event are to:
- Help identifying/validate the issues of concern. The overriding themes of the project revolve around the â€˜creation, curation and consumption’ of ebooks. The project defines ebook very widely and covers all forms of digital books including epub format, online books, etextbooks, wiki-based books, open textbooks, digital monographs, open educational resources and other forms of campus-based publishing.
- Help with the analysis of the â€˜jobs’ (in the sense of the â€˜jobs-to-be-done’ methodology) that individuals (students, academics, researchers etc) do for which ebooks may be (potentially) the solution. Continue reading Challenge of eBooks workshop in London, participants needed
Join us for an exciting one-day online conference as five nationally- and internationally-known speakers discuss wide-ranging aspects of the growing impact of eBooks on libraries. Brought to you by the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN).
eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future – Virtual Conference
Sep 21, 2012 10:00am – Sep 21, 2012 04:00pm
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:00 AM Frankenbooks and the Future of eBooks: An Ongoing Challenge – Stephen Abram (Gale-Cengage Learning)
11:00 AM Getting the Most from Your eBook Readers: Tips and Tricks – Chad Mairn (Novare Library Services)
12:00 PM The Shift to Digital — New Models for Course Distribution – Nik Osborne, J.D. (Indiana University)
1:00 PM — Break for Lunch —
2:00 PM Collection Development for eBooks – Jamie LaRue (Douglas County Libraries, Colorado)
3:00 PM eBook Licensing and Access: Now and the Future – Sue Polanka (Wright State University)
On Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the ALA conference, several hundred librarians gathered for an interesting discussion on eBook collection development practices. This ALA Program was a panel discussion featuing eBook collection development practices from both academic and public libraries. It was organized by Serin Anderson and Christopher Platt. Heather McCormack from Library Journal moderated the discussion. A summary of the program and presenter contents is below. The slides from all 4 panelists are available here: eBook elephant 06232012. Library Journal and ALA both had summary articles of the program as well. Continue reading ALA Program Summary: E-Elephant in the Room
Digital Book World sponsored a webinar today, “Digital Content: Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?
- Speaker: Marc Rubner, VP of Product Marketing at Innodata Consulting; mrubner at innodata dot com
- Marc presented the results of an Innodata Survey conducted by Digital Book World in April of 2012.
What stuck with me the most was the phrase, “content will now be wrapped in software.” The overall tone of the webinar suggested that content will continue to be developed for direct to consumer consumption, in small packages, designed for mobile devices. A couple of additional comments Marc made were that publishers need to repurpose content, repurpose technology, and take control of customer facing technologies. He felt two big hurdles publishers need to cross with rights management were in global rights management and with libraries and the lending of eBooks. The following are my notes from the webinar.
The Online survey tool details –