Category Archives: Public Libraries

Library eBook use up 33% in 2014 through OverDrive

CLEVELANDJanuary 8, 2015Capitalizing on the latest advances in eBook technology and popular catalog availability, public libraries saw digital checkouts rise again to record levels in 2014.  OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading eBook and audiobook platform for libraries and schools, announced today that circulation of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media increased 33% in 2014 to 137 million checkouts, while web traffic and discoverability similarly increased, especially on mobile devices.

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Free webinar on library digital content lending from Jamie LaRue, sponsored by Odilo

Webinar, January 14th at 1 p.m. EST.  Register here.

Library digital content lending has come a long way. Aggregators, authors, libraries, and publishers have all had to adapt to new, and sometimes not so desirable, business models. It is time for libraries to take matters into their own hands with alternative solutions.

Join renowned speaker, Jamie LaRue, as he discusses innovative and emerging technologies for digital content management. Participants will come away with a greater understanding of digital content issues, along with recognizing the benefits of using a new content management approach.

While all are encouraged to attend, this webinar is ideal for those involved with consortiums, state library agencies, and public library acquisitions and technical services. Learn more.

OverDrive announces 10 public library systems in the “1 Million Checkout Club”

From the OverDrive blog:

We’re excited to announce that 2014’s “1 Million Checkout Club” includes 10 public library systems, surpassing the six lirbaries that accomplished this feat in 2013! Checkouts include all borrowed digital items including eBooks, audiobooks, music, streaming video and periodicals from the library’s OverDrive-powered collection and each of the libraries experienced significant year-over-year growth from 2013.

The following libraries have joined the 2014 Million Digital Checkouts Club:

2 Million or more digital checkouts

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OdiloConsortia to power the eBook pilot project for the State Library of New South Wales in Australia

Odilo is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the State Library of New South Wales eBook Management Platform Pilot project.

The State Library of New South Wales, Australia is embarking on a 12 month trial of the DCL eBook model using Odilotid’s OdiloConsortiaâ„¢ solution. Through this project, the State Library will be partnering with two public library services and intends to explore the full gamut of content options from local authors, independent and mid-lists publishers in Australia. The pilot will explore the options of consortia shared collections alongside localized collections and the viability of extending the platform to a statewide solution. Odilo’s content and strategic publisher relations managers will be working closely with the pilot libraries to assist them secure contracts with publishers. Continue reading OdiloConsortia to power the eBook pilot project for the State Library of New South Wales in Australia

“Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” new report from Aspen Institute

The full report is available here.   Full press release below.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ A new report released today from the Aspen Institute looks at how — in an age of instant and abundant information — U.S. public libraries can drive community advancements unlike any other public institution.

“Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy. The report is part of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The multiyear dialogue brings library professionals, policymakers, technology experts, philanthropists, educators and civic leaders together to explore the future of public libraries. Continue reading “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” new report from Aspen Institute

OverDrive adds more than 200 new publishers to global eBook catalog for schools and libraries

From the OverDrive blog:

OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, announced today that more than 200 publishers have joined the company’s network in 2014, 64 of which represent partners outside of North America. Now offering content in 40 languages in more than 50 countries, OverDrive continues to grow its global footprint and expand and diversify its catalog of more than 2.5 million in-copyright digital titles. Continue reading OverDrive adds more than 200 new publishers to global eBook catalog for schools and libraries

Nook and OverDrive partner to provide digital magazines and newspapers to libraries

From the OverDrive blog:

NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), and OverDrive, the leading eBook platform for libraries, today announced a new partnership to enable public libraries to provide readers with access to hundreds of the most popular digital magazines and newspapers from the NOOK Newsstand®. Utilizing OverDrive platforms integrated with library catalogs, library patrons in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to discover, access and read a huge selection of NOOK Newsstand titles on their NOOK tablet device and on tablets, smartphones and PCs via the suite of Free NOOK Reading Appsâ„¢. The new service is expected to roll out to customers in the coming months. Continue reading Nook and OverDrive partner to provide digital magazines and newspapers to libraries

New OverDrive app eliminates Adobe authorization step

Dear Library Partner,

We’re pleased to announce that a new version of the OverDrive app for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 8 is here!

This update features the long-awaited elimination of the Adobe Authorization step from the app installation processone of your most frequently requested enhancements! We expect this change will significantly reduce library support questions and provide excellent benefits to users like syncing reading progress across multiple devices and saving libraries and common searches. Continue reading New OverDrive app eliminates Adobe authorization step

Shanghai Library adds 2 million records to WorldCat

DUBLIN, Ohio, September 2, 2014Shanghai Library, the largest public library in China and one of the largest libraries in the world, has contributed 2 million holdings to WorldCat, including some 770,000 unique bibliographic records, to share its collection worldwide.

These records, which represent books and journals published between 1911 and 2013, were loaded in WorldCat earlier this year. The contribution from Shanghai Library, an OCLC member since 1996, enhances the richness and depth of Chinese materials in WorldCat as well as the discoverability of these collections around the world. Continue reading Shanghai Library adds 2 million records to WorldCat

Free, fabulous, library event – TDS14: Libraries@the Center

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Library Journal and School Library Journal’s 5th annual online conference: The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center is scheduled for October 1, 2014.  More information is available online at http://www.thedigitalshift.com/tds/libraries-at-the-center/

The event is free for attendees and will provide answers to some of the biggest challenges libraries face in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences. This daylong professional development conference can be viewed in groups or privately. There are no travel or registration fees, and attendees will connect with each other as well as hear exciting keynotes from award-winning scientist and author Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, and Anil Dash, cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, that will examine our shared digital future. Continue reading Free, fabulous, library event – TDS14: Libraries@the Center

World Book’s new and improved Early World of Learning

I took a spin through World Book’s new Early World of Learning.  It’s now optimized for iPads (although my test run was on my PC) and offers three interactive learning environments designed for easy integration into classroom and library programming.  These environments are:

  • Trek’s Travels
  • Welcome to Reading
  • Know It

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EPUB3 fixed layout eBooks live for public libraries via OverDrive

OverDrive’s browser-based OverDrive Readâ„¢ allows seamless reading on any device with a modern web browser and now optimizes the reading experience on desktop and mobile devices for a variety of graphic children’s titles, comics, and other illustrated titles as beautifully as the author and publisher prepared for print. This EPUB3 fixed-layout breakthrough gives OverDrive partners unprecedented access to thousands of never-before-available eBooks, including highly-illustrated series of DK titles such as Ancient Rome and Star Wars Jedi Battles, as well as iconic and popular children’s titles like Corduroy and Armadilly Chili from publishers such as Penguin and Albert Whitman & Company. Continue reading EPUB3 fixed layout eBooks live for public libraries via OverDrive

Axis 360 Digital Media Platform now integrated with Boopsie

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 29, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that it has integrated its Axis 360 digital media platform with Boopsie, the leading mobile app platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide. Continue reading Axis 360 Digital Media Platform now integrated with Boopsie

ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks

A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks.  Panelists included:

  • Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
  • Elizabeth Joseph – recently appointed Coordinator of Information and adult services at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Stuart Smith –  Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
  • Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
  • Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
  • Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.

I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch,  They both agreed to share their slides, which are available here:

Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks.  For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take.  But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words:  create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks

Odilo partners with eVoke Colorado for customization of local ebook interface

The statewide e-book project, also known as eVoke Colorado, continues to reach significant milestones. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs.

By project end, eVoke Colorado endeavors to create an alpha-stage, end-to-end cloud e-content infrastructure that can provide digital content purchasing and lending capabilities to all Colorado libraries. Earlier this year, the project achieved milestones allowing library users to search and access e-content alongside physical content, see real-time availability, and download titles from within library catalogs. Continue reading Odilo partners with eVoke Colorado for customization of local ebook interface

Axis 360 API integration now available for Innovative’s Polaris ILS

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 14, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that API integration between its Axis 360 digital media platform and Innovative’s Polaris ILS has been completed, achieving a new milestone in simplified patron experience and digital library administration benefits. Continue reading Axis 360 API integration now available for Innovative’s Polaris ILS

ALA Panel Alert: Leading with Ebooks — New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers

Join a panel of librarians, publishers, and thought leaders in a dynamic exchange of ideas for advancing ebook services in libraries.

LEADING WITH EBOOKS: NEW STRATEGIES FOR LIBRARIANS AND PUBLISHERS
Sunday, June 29th, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N252, 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Total BooX, an ebook service based on the premise that public libraries need not settle for less than instant, simultaneous access to ebooks or pay for the content not read by their patrons, this panel seeks to challenge existing patterns in ebook management and engage industry leaders to identify the trends moving publishing and librarianship into new territories.

Topics explored include: thinking like digital natives (even if we are not); tracking reading (after the checkout); rethinking marketing (as everyone’s task); valuing content (while embracing technology); and acting now (and walking the talk).

The panel is moderated by Mirela Roncevic, co-editor of ALA’s journal eContent Quarterly and contributing writer to No Shelf Required.

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Britannica’s ImageQuest releases upgraded version, provides 3 million rights-cleared images

Britannica Digital Learning announced a new and significantly upgraded version of its popular ImageQuestâ„¢ resource for schools and libraries.

ImageQuest provides nearly three million rights-cleared photos and other images for homework, classroom activities and lesson plans. Images come from more than 50 of the best collections in the world, including the Bridgeman Art Gallery, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Geographic Society and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Continue reading Britannica’s ImageQuest releases upgraded version, provides 3 million rights-cleared images

Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

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Allegany County (MD), Brazoria County (TX), and The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CT) Join Westchester Library System (NY) To Offer Total BooX Service

May 28, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv)Total BooX is pleased to announce the expansion of its service in U.S. libraries, which officially launched in late 2013 with Westchester Library System in New York. Three more libraries will now provide the revolutionary ebook service to their patrons, including Allegany County Library System (ACLS), MD, Brazoria County Library System (BCLS), TX, and The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT.

“Ours is the only platform that allows libraries to pay for the value received, while giving patrons instant and perpetual access. This is a major shift,” said Total BooX Founder Yoav Lorch when the service debuted at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014. Since then, the Israeli company has expanded its operations in the United States to include representatives on the East and West coasts. Continue reading Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

Gale redesigns Kids InfoBits database

 Below is a press release from Gale discussing the recent changes to the Kids InfoBits database.  New interface features include:
  • Social media sharing
  • EasyBib integration and improved citation tools
  • Text translation to 12 different languages
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech functionality (which plays translated text)

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