SAGE recently announced their new eBook platform, SAGE Knowledge.Â It contains about 2500 titles, including SAGE Reference Online titles.Â I spoke with Lettie Conrad, Manager of Online Product Management at SAGE about the new platform.Â Our interview is available on the NSR interviews page.
Digital Book World sponsored a webinar today, “Digital Content:Â Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?
- Speaker:Â 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.Â A couple of additional comments Marc made were that publishers need to repurpose content, repurpose technology, and take control of customer facing technologies.Â 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 –
- 366 media execs, sample from DBW subscriber list, conducted April, 2012
- 31% from adult trade (rest mix of other segments – children’s trade, academic, K-12 education, STM)
- 54% from smallish organizations
- 37% larger organizations
- good mix of executives (29%)Â and managers/directors (47%) Continue reading Content will now be wrapped in software – Digital Book World webinar notes
Congratulations to all of the blogs and bloggers – those nominated and those awarded.Â Thanks to all for your continued support of No Shelf Required, the Academic Honorable Mention for 2012.
Salem Press once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing, and information. Hundreds of blog nominations poured in, thousands of votes were cast, leaving our distinguished guest judges with the difficult task of selecting one winner per category.
The public has voted online. All votes have been tallied. The judges have now spoken. Without (much) further ado, we present our list of 2012 Library Blog Award winners, broken down by category and complete with collective musings on what made these eight blogs beat the competition. Continue reading Salem Press Library Blog Awards announced
The E-book Elephant in the Room: Determining Whatâ€™s Relevant and Effective for Your Patrons & Making Effective Decisions for Your Future E-collection
Faced with growing e-collections, more interesting e-content from publishers and a struggle to balance our materials budgets, how do we make good decisions about e-collections content? How do we evaluate the success of e-books when many of these patrons never darken the doors of our library building? How do we gain the valuable patron feedback beyond download statistics? What support issues arise around use of the collections, are the vendor platforms reliable, and what e-formats are most in demand? Hear how representatives from both public and academic libraries are measuring the success and challenges of their e-book collections.
Your vote for No Shelf Required in the academic blog category is greatly appreciated.
| It’s that time of year, again. We’re preparing to recognize exceptional thinking and writing in library blogs by inviting all readers to vote for a favorite blog. So click below to browse the nominees and vote.
Posting this a bit late due to my vacation.Â Press release courtesy of Teleread.
3M Library Systems will feature its growing list of offerings for theÂ 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending ServiceÂ at Book Expo America 2012, to be held June 4-7 at the Javits Center in New York City. Visitors to the 3M Library Systems booth, DZ2417, will learn about 3M Cloud Libraryâ€™s new partnerships with INscribe Digital, Smashwords, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and the National Book Network (NBN) which are increasing the eBook systemâ€™s total list of offerings to more than 200,000 titles from over 300 publishers. Continue reading 3M Cloud Library partners with Smashwords and others
For the first time ever, all the personal journals of Queen Victoria have been made available to search and read online. This unique resource, developed in partnership by the Bodleian Libraries, the Royal Archives and ProQuest, is freely available for the public to access at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org through June 30, 2012.
The journals, which span Victoriaâ€™s lifetime and consist of 141 volumes numbering over 33,000 pages, have never been published in their entirety and previously were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. In addition to autograph diaries begun by the youthful Princess Victoria, there are edited versions from her later years, redacted and transcribed by the Queenâ€™s daughter, Princess Beatrice. Continue reading ProQuest offers free access to Queen Victoria’s journals through June 30th
Hackensack, New Jersey – May 30, 2012 – Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Publishing (www.salempress.com), is pleased to announce the launch of The Library Blog Centerâ€”the home of The Library Blog Awards and the newly revised Library Blog Directory.
Months in the making, with input from experienced bloggers and editors, Salem’s carefully vetted Library Blog Directory is a free, no-registration-required tool designed to help librarians discover high-quality blog content on LIS issues. The 1,300-plus library blogs may be searched or browsed by focus (e.g., Book Views & Reviews, Cataloging & Classification, K-12 Education); blog type (e.g., independent, publication, association); or blog audience (e.g., general, academic, school, public). Continue reading Salem Press announces Library Blog Center and 2012 Library Blog Awards
Please consider attending this LJ webinar highlighting the Douglas County Libraries eBook program. Register for free online.
Ebooks: A New Paradigm in Douglas County, or a New Twist on the Past?
The staff at the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado have been implementing for the past year an innovative ebook lending model that gives the library actual ownership of the ebook file, rather than leasing access to it via a third party. The library has its own content server and after striking deals with various publishers it loads the files onto the server and applies the requisite DRM before lending. The library is providing a concrete example of how in the digital age libraries remain reliable stewards of intellectual content.
In this webinar, Jamie LaRue, the libraryâ€™s director, Monique Sendze, the IT director, and Lisa Long Hickman, the sales and marketing manager for Dzanc Books, will discuss the model.
Jamie LaRue, Library director, Douglas County Libraries
Monique Sendze, Associate director of IT, Douglas County Libraries
Lisa Long-Hickman, Sales and marketing manager, Dzanc Books
Mike Kelley, Executive Editor (News and Features), Library Journal
From an ebrary press release:
May 8, 2012 â€“ Palo Alto, CA, USA â€“ Students in the United Kingdom who recently participated in ebraryâ€™s Global Student E-book Survey reported a greater preference for digital over printed books and higher usage than their global counterparts in a similar survey conducted in 2011.Â When asked how often they would choose e-books over printed books, 58% of UK students stated they would â€œvery oftenâ€ to â€œoftenâ€ choose the digital version if it were available compared to 48% of global respondents.Â Over 85% of UK students indicated they use e-books up to 10 hours per week and only 10% stated that they never use e-books.Â In contrast, 52% of global participants indicated they use e-books up to 10 hours per week, and another 46% stated they never use e-books.Â Approximately 5% of UK students indicated they use e-books more than 10 hours per week compared to 2% of global respondents. Continue reading ebrary survey suggests student use of ebooks stronger in the UK
From an OverDrive press release:Â Cleveland, Ohio, April 11, 2012 â€“ OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) will announce at the London Book Fair (Booth X700) April 16-18, the first of a series of “Big Data” reports analyzing billions of eBook impressions and other data collected from across its network of 18,000 public and school libraries.Â Data from OverDriveâ€™s global library network to be made available to participating libraries and publishers includes information about eBook and digital audiobook title circulation, book demand and holds as well as web traffic and general demographics.Â OverDriveâ€™s data reports were developed in compliance with library privacy policies and do not include any identifying user information. Continue reading OverDrive announces a series of “Big Data” reports
Library Publishing Report Suggests Partnerships, Creating Positions Â – Library Journal
Aloha Encyclopaedia Britannica Print Edition – Information Today
Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do – The Shatzkin Files
Libraries as Community Publishers:Â How to Turn the Tables – Publishers Weekly
How to Protect Copyright Is Key Topic at Publishers’ Meeting – Chronicle of Higher Education
The Portal Problem, Part 1: The Plight of the Britannica – Scholarly Kitchen
Jetbook Color Now Deployed to NYC’s Largest High School – eBook Newser
Speed and Retention — Are e-Readers more Slower and More Forgetful – Scholarly Kitchen
Ebook Talks Continued:Â ALA Meets with Distributors – eContent blog
OverDrive’s Library eReader is Better Than 3M’s Library eReader – The Digital Reader
3M Cloud Library Integrates with Polaris ILS Digital Shift
The Great Library Roadshow Facebook Page
The Great Library Roadshow on Storify
Looking for detailed discussions of new technologies, libraries, publishing, and everything in between?Â Then check out Dquarium, a collection of audio and video podcasts hosted by Kayhan B., Erin Anderson and Doug Mirams.
From their site:Â “Dquarium.com is an Internet network of audio and video podcasts that discusses everything and anything related to digital technology. Dquarium.com produces and creates all-original media content for the viewing and listening pleasure of nano-nerds and gadget-geeks everywhere.”
They have had some great interviews with librarians and those close to libraries on their Bibliotech channel including:
- Lisa Carlucci Thomas
- Sue Polanka
- Marshall Breeding
- Michael Porter
- Paul Biba
- Stephen Abram
- Buffy J. Hamilton
- David Lee King
- Michael Stephens
- Sarah Houghton
Yesterday, ALA released a press release summarizing the meetings between ALA President Molly Raphael, an ALA delegation and representatives from publishers Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Perseus.Â It’s a great summary of the meeting.Â The discussions show promise!Â Here is the text, copied in full from the ALA press release:
American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael led an ALA delegation to New York last week to meet separately with representatives from publishers Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Perseus.
The representatives at these meetings included CEOs, division presidents and other executives. Continue reading ALA President and delegation meet with publishers
Public librarians, have you seen Library Journal’s new publication, Patron Profiles? Â It’s chock full of data and analysis on public library users. Â From the preface: “Patron Profiles focuses on who uses libraries, why they use libraries, and how that use may change. We are interested in their usage of contentâ€”especially via the discrete products such as books, videos, and music that libraries buy or lease, lend or distribute.”
Here are some nuggets I found from the January issue (28 pages of data and analysis on mobile devices, mobile content, and library apps):
- Ebook usage continues to increase and patrons who prefer ebooks are, on average, more active library patrons than those who prefer printed books. They are generally more voracious in their media consumption. They visit their libraries more often, read more books, and buy more books. Continue reading LJ’s Patron Profiles and a free webinar
Last week while roaming the exhibit hall at the ALAMW conference in Dallas, Texas, I discovered Mediasurfer.Â Mediasurfer offers self-checkout machines for iPads (and other tablet devices in the near future).Â Users swipe a library card to borrow the iPad.Â Upon return, the devices are returned to original settings.
If you’d like to know more about Mediasurfer, listen to the interview with Gary Kirk, President of Mediasurfer, and Jim Nelson, COO of Mediasurfer.Â They provide many more details on the software, hardware, and services offered.
This is always one of my favorite events at the ALAMW conference, the RUSA awards.Â Of particular interest to me as a reference librarian is the Dartmouth Medal for the most outstanding reference work of the year.Â While the winners this year were truly deserving, I found myself sentimental over the lifetime achievement award for the Statistical Abstract of the U.S.Â Here is more from the press release:
DALLAS – The 2012 Dartmouth Medal – an annual award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) recognizing the most outstanding reference work of the year – has been awarded to â€œGreenâ€™s Dictionary of Slang,â€ published by Chambers. Continue reading 2012 Dartmouth Medal Winners
Great news from EBSCO at the ALAMW conference this week.Â At the lunch and learn sessions they announced they are eliminating the legacy NetLibrary fees for eBooks.Â Here is more information I received from the Senior Director of eBook Products at EBSCO.
Effective February 1, EBSCO will eliminate the legacy NetLibrary fees.Â This means eBooks on EBSCOhost will simply be the publisher suggested eBook list price.Â So…
- No markups
- No set up fees
- No annual hosting, platform, access or maintenance fees
- No annual Adobe Content Server subscription fees
- No download fees
- No fee for MARC records
…you get the idea — No Markup.Â No Fees.Â No kidding!
And, through March 31st, all eBooks and Audiobooks purchased on EBSCOhost earn a 5% rebate as part of the Grow Your Collection on Us promotion.
eBooks on EBSCOhost can be ordered via YBP (GOBI); Baker & Taylor’s Title Source or by contacting your EBSCO Publishing sales representative.
The following is a summary of:
RUSA/CODES Reference Publishing Discussion Forum: Life after the Statistical Abstract.
What will the proposed demise of the Statistical Abstract mean for reference librarians and library users?Â Now in its 130th annual edition, Statistical Abstract has played a central role in guiding users to statistics since before we were born.Â Â Since finding statistics can be challenging under the best of circumstances, what are our strategies for dealing with this loss? Are there new services and products we would like to see from commercial publishers?
Alesia McManus, owner of the â€œSave the US Statistical Abstractâ€ Facebook page, moderated the discussion. Â About 50 librarians, publishers, and vendors attended.
Alesia McManus, Dan Coyle from ProQuest and Bruce Samuelson from Bernan Publishing all spoke briefly to start the session. Continue reading Life after the Statistical Abstract – ALAMW discussion summary