I’m not an OverDrive customer, but I’ve always wanted to attend the Digipalooza conference.Â It looks like it is very educational and entertaining.Â Registration is open.Â Visit www.digipalooza.com for more information.Â 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.
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.Â Note the opportunity to attend an event at ACRL relating to the study as well as receive the full text of the study.Â Links are below.
March 5, 2013, Boston,Oxford â€“ 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 â€”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.Â Continue reading Credo survey suggests students lack basic information skills→
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. Â While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Â Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
Last week, ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL.Â I had a chance to interview two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, President of EBL, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest.Â Kari and Kevin discussed with me how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies.
ProQuest has done it again.Â Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL.Â EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection.Â 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.Â After that however, the tides will change.Â Responding to specific questions from No Shelf Required,Â 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.Â 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.Â The One-Step Checkout (TM) sounds great to me.
Washington Convention Center, Seattleâ€”Jan. 22, 2013â€”Today 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 Seattleâ€™s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115. Continue reading OverDrive announces streaming video and audio services for libraries and schools→
With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlightÂ innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models.Â I hope you will take some time to listen.Â Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted.Â Please contact Sue Polanka for more information.Â You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.
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 DPLAâ€™s progress and potential.
We hope that youâ€™ll join us for interactive exhibits, the prototype launch, and more!
The following are my notes from the presentation – Born accessible: making e-books fully inclusive from day one – held during theÂ NISO- The E-Book Renaissance Part II:Â Challenges and Opportunities. Â 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.Â It must contain structure, a clear and easy way to navigate the content if you cannot see the screen.Â Software on the device must speak the screen for you. A screen reader only reads text.
I hope you will join me in attending this virtual conference on Wednesday.Â There is a great line-up of speakers, panelists, and other events.Â More info below from LJ/SLJ
WHAT: The Digital Shift: Libraries, eBooks and Beyond, the Â 3rd annual online summit by Library Journal/School Library Journal, Â will explore how libraries are navigating the transition from print to digital and integrating â€œeâ€ into collections, catalogs and classrooms.
This full-dayÂ program, including tracks designed specifically for public, academic and school libraries, will feature keynote authors discussing the nature of the evolving â€˜bookâ€™ 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.Â 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.Â This one is a contest, with a $2,000 prize.Â Hopefully it’s just as easy-peasy as the OED project. From the press release:
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. Weâ€™ll have access to their new 1 gig wireless internet connection, so anything you build should be smokinâ€™ fast! Continue reading DPLA Appfest scheduled for November 8 – 9, 2012→
The 2012 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Childrenâ€™s Literature conference, From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Childrenâ€™s Literature, will be held from 8:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, November 3, at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky.Â Â Keynote speakers are Gary Schmidt, National Book Award Finalist for Young Peopleâ€™s Literature in 2011 and winner of both Newbery and Printz Honor awards; and Loren Long, childrenâ€™s book writer and illustrator whose work has reached the Number 1 position on the New York Times best-selling list.Â 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→
Summary of Remarks of Maureen Sullivan, President, American Library Associationâ€œLibraries & Publishers Strengthening the E-Reading Ecosystemâ€
Meeting at the Association of American Publishers, New York, September 27, 2012
We must build on the long-standing, successful partnership between publishers and libraries.
Through our common goal of bringing authors and readers together, publishers and libraries have worked with each other for many decades. In varied ways, libraries serve as marketers of books in all their forms. For example, libraries promote the discoverability of works by recommending titles, hosting author talks, displaying titles in library buildings and on library websites, and hosting book clubs.
Libraries also contribute to the publishing ecosystem by teaching and encouraging literacy (including digital literacy), reading, and lifelong learning. Libraries and the American Library Association (ALA) also use the bully pulpit to help communicate the importance of literacy and reading in society.
State of the eReader:Â 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.
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 consumptionâ€™ of ebooks. The project defines ebook very widely andÂ 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.
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, 2012Â 10:00am – Sep 21, 2012Â 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 â€“ New Models for Course Distribution – Nik Osborne, J.D. (Indiana University)
1:00 PM â€”â€”â€”â€“ Break for Lunch â€”â€”â€”â€“
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.Â This ALA Program was a panel discussion featuing eBook collection development practices from both academic and public libraries. Â It was organized by Serin Anderson and Christopher Platt. Heather McCormack from Library Journal moderated the discussion. Â A summary of the program and presenter contents is below. The slides from all 4 panelists are available here: eBook elephant 06232012.Â Library Journal and ALA both had summary articles of the program as well. Continue reading ALA Program Summary: E-Elephant in the Room→
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