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Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

I really like this initiative from Oxford. It sounds so easy-peasy.

3rd October 2012–Today the Oxford English Dictionary announces the launch of OED Appeals, a major online initiative set to involve the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.

Appeals will be posted to the website on a frequent basis. Some of the entries the OED team is initially asking the public’s help with include: Continue reading Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

Upcoming event in Kentucky – From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Children’s Literature

The 2012 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature conference, From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Children’s Literature, will be held from 8:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, November 3, at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky.   Keynote speakers are Gary Schmidt, National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2011 and winner of both Newbery and Printz Honor awards; and Loren Long, children’s book writer and illustrator whose work has reached the Number 1 position on the New York Times best-selling list.  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

OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

From an OverDrive Press Release:

Cleveland – September 13 – This month, millions of students and library patrons are returning to school and work, powering a new surge in eBook reading. To help libraries and schools meet this demand, OverDrive—the leading distributor of eBooks and other digital media to 19,000 libraries and schools worldwide—has set live more than 40,000 newly available eBook and audiobook titles in the past month. New publisher partnerships have helped OverDrive add thousands of popular and niche titles to its industry-leading catalog, which currently holds more than 800,000 in-copyright titles.

To add titles to OverDrive-powered library and school collections, selectors can visit www.contentreserve.com, where they’ll find pre-selected lists and other useful collection development tools. Many of these titles are available for less than $10, with many others under $20. Continue reading OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

ebrary launches K-12 Math Pack to align with common core standards

From an ebrary press release:

To help K-12 libraries acquire e-books more strategically, ebrary®, a ProQuest business, has added hundreds of relevant e-books across acquisition models, which provide libraries with the best value when combined. Diversifying acquisition models is a key component of ebrary’s three-step approach: Transition, Diversify, and Streamline™.

ebrary’s renamed the Schools and Educators Complete™ subscription database, which has been updated with thousands of new e-books from renowned publishers such as ALA Editions, ASCD, Classroom Complete, and National Science Teacher Association. The highly affordable database now includes a growing selection of more than 8,500 titles with unlimited, multi-user access and a wealth of information in professional development and training resources.  Moreover, almost 4,500 titles in the database have relevance to state, national or provincial curriculum standards – with coverage of all common core subjects – including English Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, and Information Literacy/Technology.  Continue reading ebrary launches K-12 Math Pack to align with common core standards

Rosen Publishing offers new Interactive eBooks – an interview with Miriam Gilbert and Gina Strazzabosco

Rosen Publishing will be launching a new series of interactive eBooks this August.  There are 120 books ranging in subjects that meet the needs of the common core and support transliteracy skills.  I spoke with Miriam Gilbert, Director, Rosen Digital and Gina Strazzabosco, Vice President, Rosen Publishing, this past weekend to find out more about the program.  Their interview is available on the NSR interviews page.

Lerner Publishing interactive titles now available via Ingram’s ipage

News Release, June 21, 2012
Ingram adds Lerner Interactive Books™ to ipage®

As more libraries look to expand e-book offerings to patrons, publishers like Lerner Publishing Group are choosing Ingram Content Group to supply e-books via Ingram’s ipage® search and order platform.

Public libraries will now have access to more than 200 interactive children’s books from Lerner Digitalâ„¢ through Ingram. Ordering through ipage allows libraries to select and purchase content on a title-by-title basis. Continue reading Lerner Publishing interactive titles now available via Ingram’s ipage

Salem Press Library Blog Awards announced

Congratulations to all of the blogs and bloggers – those nominated and those awarded.  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.

Ribbons Drumroll, Please
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

OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools

From an OverDrive Press Release:

OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools — Library and school catalogs to enable instant access to spoken word audio
(Cleveland) – June 13, 2012 – June is Audiobook Month, and leading digital distributor OverDrive announced today that it will update its popular audiobook download services to include new options for readers to instantly “See Book—Hear Book.” Scheduled for launch later this year, streaming audiobooks will be available on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. This instant-access technology will eliminate long downloads before listening to popular audiobooks from libraries and schools throughout the OverDrive network. The “Listen Now” option will complement the download options already in use with the millions of installed OverDrive Media Console apps on Windows®, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Windows® Phone and BlackBerry®. Continue reading OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools

Salem Press announces Library Blog Center and 2012 Library Blog Awards

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 Center—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

Gale releases new Classroom in Context resources to supplement textbooks

Farmington Hills, Mich., May 31, 2012 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced Classroom in Context (CLiC), a curriculum-based family of resources designed to supplement textbooks and enhance learning with authoritative, media-rich content from Gale’s award-winning In Context product suite. Continue reading Gale releases new Classroom in Context resources to supplement textbooks

OverDrive Read, a browser-based eBook reader to launch later this year

Great news from OverDrive about a forthcoming browser-based eBook reader.  This should really open up many more ereading alternatives for patrons who don’t have a dedicated eReading device or a tablet. More from the press release:

(Cleveland) – May 30, 2012 – Leading global eBook distributor OverDrive today announced plans to launch later this year a new eBook reading platform, “OverDrive Read.”  Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read creates a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience offering significant benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.  Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to enjoy eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device.  OverDrive will demonstrate this new eReading platform at Book Expo America, in New York City, June 5-7, 2012 (Booth #4340), as well as at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 22-25. Continue reading OverDrive Read, a browser-based eBook reader to launch later this year

Free webinar highlighting the Douglas County Libraries eBook solution

Please consider attending this LJ webinar highlighting the Douglas County Libraries eBook program. Register for free online.

SPONSORED BY: Library Journal
EVENT DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 3:00-4:00 PM EST/12:00 -1:00 PM PST

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 library’s director, Monique Sendze, the IT director, and Lisa Long Hickman, the sales and marketing manager for Dzanc Books, will discuss the model.

PANELISTS
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

MODERATOR
Mike Kelley, Executive Editor (News and Features), Library Journal

ALA releases E-Content: The Digital Dialogue

Available online now!
E-Content: The Digital Dialogue

This digital supplement addresses critical issues related to ebooks, e-content, digital literacy, and more! You can read it online or pick up one of a limited supply of print copies at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim—pick yours up at Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.

American Libraries Digital Supplement

What you’ll find inside:

  • ALA´s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group cochairs, Sari Feldman and Robert Wolven,summarize recent ebook activities and suggest directions for the future.
  • Deborah Caldwell-Stone from the Office for Intellectual Freedom focuses on ebook privacy and related ethical issues.
  • James LaRue offers perspectives from a reader, librarian, publisher, writer, and bookseller on ebooks today and tomorrow.

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.

Library Journal’s 2012 eBook survey now open through June 30, 2012

Library Journal invites you to participate in our 2012 ebook survey. We want to hear from all U.S. public, academic and school libraries, even if your library currently has no ebook collection. Every person who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple iPadâ„¢!

This research will allow libraries to cite persuasive data when engaged in conversations with library stakeholders, publishers and library vendors. Results from the LJ/SLJ ebook surveys conducted over the last two years revealed:

  •  The availability of ebooks in public libraries increased from 72% to 82% nationally between 2010 and 2011.Ebook circulation increased 108% over the same time period.
  • In 2011, approximately 4% of public libraries’ materials budgets was spent on ebooks.
  • Almost all (95%) of academic libraries offered ebooks to users in 2011 with the average number of ebook titles available practically doubling from the previous year to 65,000. Ebooks represented almost 9% of materials budgets in 2011.
  • School libraries saw the most movement on ebook adoption last year, up to 44% in 2011 from 33% in 2010. The number of ebooks available to students/faculty jumped 700% to almost 400 titles in 2011.
  • The prevalence of library-owned ereading devices for student usage was 17% with over a third of remaining school libraries considering them. Continue reading Library Journal’s 2012 eBook survey now open through June 30, 2012

Ingram adds Sesame Street ebooks

As libraries worldwide add digital content to complement print materials, Ingram is expanding its e-book offering for libraries with an e-book subscription option for popular Sesame Street e-books.

The Sesame Street e-bookstore subscription on ipage® provides libraries of any size unlimited access to more than 150 read-along, audio, animated and interactive books through their Ingram library account. The online solution can be used with any browser, and e-books can be read on Mac, PC and the iPad®. Libraries set usage rules on each subscription. Continue reading Ingram adds Sesame Street ebooks

New EBSCOhost Collection Manager released

From an EBSCO press release:  IPSWICH, Mass. — April 10, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is making it easier for library staff to search for e-books and audiobooks and add them to their collections with the new EBSCOhost® Collection Manager (ECM). ECM can be used to search or browse for e-books and audiobooks by title, author, publisher and more or make selections from the Subject Sets or Featured Collections created by EBSCO’s collection development experts. ECM can also help libraries create and manage lists of titles they want to expose to patron drive acquisition (PDA), manage deposits and determine which ownership models to apply to the various e-books and audiobooks in their collection. Continue reading New EBSCOhost Collection Manager released

Rise of E-Reading – Pew releases new data on eBooks

Pew Internet and American Life Project has just released the results of a new study – The Rise of E-Reading.  From the report tagline:
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner
Below are a few of the key findings from the full report:

  • A fifth of American adults have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season.
  • The average reader of e-books says she has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer.
  • 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.
  • The prevalence of e-book reading is markedly growing, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers.
  • E-book reading happens across an array of devices, including smartphones.
  • In a head-to-head competition, people prefer e-books to printed books when they want speedy access and portability, but print wins out when people are reading to children and sharing books with others.

Articles of Interest

E-Books Drive Revenue Growth Across Book Trade in January 2012 – Digital Book World

JK Rowling’s Pottermore Breaks eBook Lockdown, Might Change eBooks Forever – Huffington Post

LG Begins Mass Production of first flexible , plastic eInk displays – Extreme Tech

An Academic Spring – American Libraries

A Look at Students using eTextbooks (Infographic) – eBOOKNEWSER

Bringing up a Young Reader on E-Books – New York Times

Will Hatchette Be The First Big-6 Publisher toDrop DRM on E-books? – paidcontent.org

Going Digital Does Not Lower Textbook Prices – Inside Higher Education

Ohio high school issues iPads for 2012-13 students

Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio recently announced that every student in Mercy’s Class of 2016 (entering this fall) will be issued their very own iPad as part of the school’s techKNOWLEDGEy program.  I am particularly excited to report this news as I am a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School.

The school has done a great deal of research and preparation for the iPad launch.  Teachers were issued iPads at the start of this school year, they have run pilot programs with teachers and students, and made use of an iPad cart (30 devices for classroom use).  According to their website:

In preparation for our iPad-enhanced techknowledgey program, Mercy has already taken several key steps in preparing for a solid launch in the fall of 2012: Continue reading Ohio high school issues iPads for 2012-13 students