Library Journal and School Library Journal’s 5th annual online conference: The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center is scheduled for October 1, 2014.Â 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
I took a spin through World Book’s new Early World of Learning.Â 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.Â These environments are:
- Trekâ€™s Travels
- Welcome to Reading
- Know It
Continue reading World Book’s new and improved Early World of Learning
OverDriveâ€™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 childrenâ€™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 childrenâ€™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
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 29, 2014 â€“ 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
A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks.Â 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 -Â 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,Â 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.Â For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take.Â But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words:Â create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks
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 Odilio partners with eVoke Colorado for customization of local ebook interface
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 14, 2014 â€“ 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 Innovativeâ€™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
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 ebooksÂ or pay for the content not read by their patrons, this panel seeks to challenge existing patterns in ebookÂ 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 everyoneâ€™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.
Continue reading ALA Panel Alert: Leading with Ebooks — New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers
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
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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)â€”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.
â€œOurs 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,â€ 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