Category Archives: Public Libraries

Gale announces new Usage-Driven Acquisition model for GVRL

Earlier today Gale/Cengage announced a new business model for the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).  The model is “Usage-Driven Acquisition” (UDA) and is based on evidence-based decisions – you only buy what you use.  The press release states, “Unlike options currently offered by other e-book providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase e-books based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development.”

The model works like this:

1. DEPOSIT. Deposit your funds with Gale.
2. ACCESS. Post a link and widget for GVRL to your website.
3. USE. We’ll pull your usage and let you know which titles were used most.
4. OWN. Your funds will be applied to the titles used most.

I spoke with Nader Qaimari, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Gale/Cengage about the new model.  Below is an excerpt of our Q and A. Continue reading Gale announces new Usage-Driven Acquisition model for GVRL

Macmillan opens ebook backlist to libraries via Axis 360

I’m a little behind on my posts from last week.  This is great news regardless.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 18, 2013 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, today announced that Macmillan’s entire ebook backlist catalog of more than 11,000 ebooks are being made available to all public libraries using the Axis 360 digital media platform. Continue reading Macmillan opens ebook backlist to libraries via Axis 360

GVRL adds 200 new children’s reference titles from Encyclopaedia Britannica

Nice to see new preK-6 content added to the GVRL interface, especially EB titles.

Farmington Hills, Mich., October 23, 2013 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the addition of nearly 200 new children’s reference titles from revered publisher, Encyclopaedia Britannica, to its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction from more than 100 publishers to all types of libraries. The addition of these new titles brings the total eBooks available on the platform to more than 8,000, with over 500 from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Continue reading GVRL adds 200 new children’s reference titles from Encyclopaedia Britannica

eContent Quarterly launches

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No Shelf Required is extremely pleased to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new journal from American Library Association’s TechSource, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The free issue of the journal was released at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago. Issue 1 is now available in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats on ALA TechSource’s web site. Regularly priced at $150, a one-year subscriptionis now $99 with the coupon code SECQ13.

eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating, and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments.  Polanka and Roncevic, whose deep knowledge of the e-content landscape and vast library and editorial experience combine to bring clarity and focus to the journal’s purpose: helping information professionals keep pace with e-book and journal platforms, databases, multi-media products, digital solutions and discovery services.

Written by and for information professionals in the business of producing, selling and buying e-content—including librarians and publishers—each issue will consist of in-depth articles that explore the many facets of electronic content.

Below is the listing of Issue 1’s four main articles, in the order in which they appear in the journal. Below those is the full Editors’ Note from the same issue, in which editors Polanka and Roncevic summarize the overarching theme of the first issue: the importance of partnerships. “Whatever aspect of e-content we may be discussing—building e-book collections in academic libraries; navigating formats; using and creating metadata, or evaluating children’s apps—we are bound to reach similar conclusions about the pressing need to cooperate rather than to quarrel. The reality is: librarians and those that cater to them have a lot more in common than they may realize.”

Issue 1, Fall 2013 Contents:

  • Supplying and Collecting Books: An Uneasy Metamorphosis by Michael Zeoli
    Drawing on his vast experience as a content developer, Zeoli gives an insider’s view on the complex nature of publisher-aggregator-library
    relationships, calling for less isolationism and more partnerships among all parties.
  • E-book Formats: An Overview for Librarians by John Burns
    Dixie State University’s gadget-loving librarian explains the pros and cons of e-book formats as they relate to libraries.
  • The Importance of Metadata for E-content by Renée Register
    The founder of DataCurate.com provides an introductory text on what metadata is; how it is used by publishers, aggregators, and libraries; and the challenges the e-book industry faces as it moves forward with two systems of metadata, ONIX and MARC.
  • Evaluating Children’s Apps by Carisa KIuver and Cen Campbell
    The founders of Digital Storytime and Little eLit, respectively, tell the stories of how they created the two sites to help guide librarians and parents through the complex universe of children’s apps.

Continue reading eContent Quarterly launches

Douglas County Libraries debuts new blog for authors – The Wire: A Writer’s Resource

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announces the debut of “The Wire: A Writer’s Resource,” a blog for new and aspiring authors. The new initiative provides information to people hoping to write, publish and find markets for their books, and is a step toward the library’s goal of making locally-produced content available to its audience.

DCL has garnered recent media attention for its efforts to increase the number of e-books available to library patrons, despite roadblocks to library acquisition of e-books from large commercial publishers. A byproduct is the creation of a library-run publishing channel. In a recent “Colorado Matters” interview with Colorado Public Radio’s Elaine Grant, DCL director Jamie LaRue said, “Once we built a publishing platform to reach out to smaller, independent presses, we could also accommodate self-published authors.” Continue reading Douglas County Libraries debuts new blog for authors – The Wire: A Writer’s Resource

68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski

Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries.  Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including:  general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.

68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries

eBooks are a constant topic in library news today.  If you’re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading 68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski

DPLA receives major grant from anonymous donor

From a DPLA Press Release, August 1, 2013
Boston, MA — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is extremely excited to announce that an anonymous donor has stepped forward to provide substantial support towards its efforts. The $447,000 grant will allow the DPLA to accelerate its work of bringing together America’s collections and providing new pathways into them.

“This is an incredible vote of confidence in our mission, especially during this important early stage of our development and in the lead-up to our fall DPLAfest, which will bring together so many to celebrate our April 2013 launch, recent milestones, and bright future,” said Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA. Continue reading DPLA receives major grant from anonymous donor

DPLAfest accepting proposals

A message from the DPLA Team:

This is a quick reminder that we’re still accepting workshop suggestions for the first annual DPLAfest, October 24-25, 2013 in Boston, MA. If you have a great idea for a DPLA-related session or workshop for Friday, October 25, please let us know via the following form by Thursday, August 9:

http://bit.ly/11KXhch Continue reading DPLAfest accepting proposals

Big Six eBooks in libraries, a comparison chart

I came across this wonderful PDF from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) showing the availability of Big Six (soon to be Big Five) ebook titles to libraries.  Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are included.  It highlights the amount of content available for purchase, license/use terms, and the vendor platforms where content is available.  Robert C. Maier is maintaining the document and his last update was May 15, 2013, so the information is pretty up-to-date.  Robert based his chart on one started at Library Journal earlier this year. He welcomes comments via email at robert_maier[at]comcast.net

Thanks, Robert, for maintaining this information.

WorldCat signs agreements with over 25 publishers and aggregators, including 3M and Freading

WorldCat continues to grow in it’s discovery of content from around the world.  This recent press release lists the publisher and aggregator agreements added since January of 2013.  It’s a pretty impressive list.  I’m particularly thrilled to see 3M and Freading on the list for the creation and delivery of WorldCat records.
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 27, 2013—OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases to WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide. Continue reading WorldCat signs agreements with over 25 publishers and aggregators, including 3M and Freading

ALA launches “Authors for Library E-books” campaign

CHICAGO —Today, Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the launch of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Bestselling authors Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult are helping kick off the campaign.

The campaign represents an extension of the ALA’s advocacy strategy to ensure all people have access to the world’s knowledge and literature through our nation’s libraries—regardless of format. Over the past 18 months, ALA leaders have met with major publishers, distributors, authors and representative associations to seek sustainable solutions for library e-book lending.  Continue reading ALA launches “Authors for Library E-books” campaign

OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks, following DCL Model

I received this press release today from Douglas County Libraries about OdiloTID. Interesting to see an international company step up to take on this important role for libraries. Bibliotheca had announced support for this type of service last summer, but I haven’t heard anything from them since.  Here is more from the DCL press release:

OdiloTID to empower libraries to manage their Digital Collections following the “DCL Model” and the ReadersFirst Principles.

OdiloTID, the leading eBook system provider for libraries in Spain and Latin America, is partnering with the library and publisher community to facilitate the adoption of the concepts of the“DCL Model” developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO. We enable libraries to directly negotiate with publishers and reduce their cost of acquisition of digital content by a third. We provide integration with all major Integrated Library Management Systems through the use of Robust APIs to create a user friendly interface for patrons. Continue reading OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks, following DCL Model

French Ministry of Culture and Communication releases ebook study

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication released the findings of a study they commissioned for ebooks.  IDATA conducted the study and collected data from June 2012 to February 2013 through interviews with nearly forty experts and professionals from selected countries (U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, UK, Sweden, Netherlands).  The full report (in French) can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/ZMlVLE.    The Ministry also published a short summary in English, available here.  Continue reading French Ministry of Culture and Communication releases ebook study

HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content

Ann Arbor, MI – The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.

DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of America’s shared cultural heritage. Continue reading HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content

ALA’s 3rd supplement on ebooks and digital content now available

The third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.

Read it online here or pick up a copy at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.

  • James LaRue, director of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries system, discusses how libraries can—and should—become local community publishers
  • Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, provides an overall assessment of the library ebook situation
  • ALA President, Maureen Sullivan, ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy look at how libraries can collaborate, manage, and lead through this period of possibilities.

You can read this supplement in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading. Click here to get started.

Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition

This is a great idea.  I hope many of you will read the book and promote it to your patrons.  I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program. Follow the program on twitter – #BigLibraryRead.

Cleveland, May 16, 2013 – Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected title, The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone, is available in OverDrive Read, Kindle (U.S. only) and EPUB formats and can be read on virtually any device.

Continue reading Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition

Baker & Taylor launches axisReader app

Great news from Baker & Taylor about a new app (iOS and Android) for direct download of titles to tablet devices.  axisReader is another option for Axis patrons and provides ereading solely for EPUB and PDF formats.   When patrons use Axis 360, they can choose between B&T’s blio reader or axisReader depending on the format they are downloading.   Here’s more from the press release:

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6, 2013 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, has released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices.  The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader, which provides a fully-accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches axisReader app

DPLA partners with David Rumsey Map Collection for metadata of 38,000 maps and images

Digital Public Library of America Announces Partnership with David Rumsey Map Collection

April 30, 2013

Cambridge, MA — The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce it is partnering with the David Rumsey Map Collection to provide online access to tens of thousands of significant historical maps and images. As part of the relationship, David Rumsey will provide metadata for over 38,000 maps and images, making the entirety of his notable online collection instantly accessible via the DPLA website and API­. Continue reading DPLA partners with David Rumsey Map Collection for metadata of 38,000 maps and images

Simon and Schuster begins ebook pilot projects with libraries in New York

Great news for libraries, the last of the big 6 (big 5 now I guess) has begun a pilot project to license content to several libraries in New York.  Below are links to several articles and blog posts.  Thanks to Molly Raphael for posting these links on the ALA Council listserv.

The Digital Reader: http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/04/15/simon-schuster-announces-ebook-pilot-program-in-nyc  (The S&S release is attached.)

American Libraries Magazine, eContent blog: http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content/ala-president-commends-simon-schuster-s-entry-library-ebook-market

Digital Book World: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/simon-schuster-joins-other-big-six-publishers-with-library-ebook-pilot/

Library Journal’s Digital Shift: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2013/04/ebooks/nypl-queens-libraries-comment-on-simon-schuster-lending-deal/

Acoustik app now available for the Nook

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 25, 2013 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced that library patrons who use Barnes & Noble’s award-winning NOOK tablets can now borrow and download digital audiobooks directly to their devices using the popular Acoustik audiobook app.

The Acoustik app, now available for free in the NOOK Store™, is powered by Findaway World, LLC, an innovative, industry leader in digital audio technology. The app allows users of NOOK tablet devices, including NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+, to directly download audiobooks and listen instantly to more than 26,000 new release and best-selling backlist audiobook titles from libraries that use Baker & Taylor’s innovative Axis 360 digital media platform. Continue reading Acoustik app now available for the Nook