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
RedShelf is a leading supplier of digital learning materials, dedicated to providing paramount technology to the learning community in order to accelerate the transition to digital. In collaboration with strategic partners, publishers, institutional bookstores, and other content creators. RedShelf streamlines the discovery and distribution of eBooks and other digital course materials for today’s students. Utilizing a seamless browser-based eReader solution along with a powerful eCommerce engine, RedShelf provides easily accessible and cost-effective learning materials to learners everywhere. Continue reading eTextbooks have high satisfaction rate says RedShelf survey
Lyon, France (August 20) — Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context. Continue reading New Media Consortium releases 2014 Library Edition Horizon Report
Interesting grant-funded project awarded to OCLC and partners. I like that it is research-validated from the iSchool at the University of Washington.
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 14, 2014The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a National Leadership Grant to OCLC to help guide public libraries in offering programs for young children that will build critical literacy skills. Continue reading IMLS grant to OCLC for early learning efforts in public libraries
The report is available for download at http://oc.lc/TippingPoint.
Interesting phrases from the report:
- The brand perception of libraries remains firmly planted in tradition. Libraries = books.
- Inconvenient = irrelevant. Out of sight, out of mind. On my mobile, on my mind.
- The library just “didn’t come to mind” for the majority of online learners.
- A new future is coming to educationand libraries. The sparks are visible. It’s time to act.
- Students, parents and online learners see library spaces as convenient places to work. They value online access to materials. They say that libraries provide the tools to get work done and offer relevant, current information.
- Putting library convenience center stage will increase library relevance.
Full Press release below. Continue reading New OCLC report: At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries
IPSWICH, Mass. June 23, 2014 Metrics from Plumâ„¢ Analytics will now include usage statistics for articles and books that are available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) databases and EBSCO Discovery Service. The article-level data from these databases will allow Plum Analytics’ product PlumX to provide usage statistics on articles and books from tens of thousands of providers. This collaboration marks the first time the wealth of information about the actual usage per article such as abstract views, downloads, etc. can be measured across publishers. Continue reading EBSCO use data for articles and books now included in PlumX impact factor
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 23, 2014OCLC Research has released a new report, “Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections,” which establishes evidence that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.
“Understanding the Collective Collection” collects important work OCLC Research has done for the community in recent years in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. It provides critical context for the policy, service and strategy questions raised by shared print discussions in the library community. Continue reading New OCLC Research report provides evidence base for shift to shared print management approach
Pew Internet Research released a new report yesterday on eReaders and eReading. The report, “E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps” reports an increase in device ownership and eReading among Americans.
- 50% of American adults own either an eReader or tablet device
- eReaders and tablet devices used for reading ebooks nearly twice as much as computers and cell phones
- Reading eBooks on tablet devices has increased from 23% to 55% in 3 years
Much, much more available in the full report.
Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014) In a changing academic environment, discoverability of scholarly content demands cooperative efforts across the communications supply chain. A new SAGE white paper, out today, summarizes the current discovery landscape for scholarly communications, advocates for cooperative efforts across the industry, and proposes specific recommendations for discoverability improvement for librarians, publishers, and service providers.
“This white paper draws upon novel insights contributed by international experts about the scholarly ecosystem of publisher content, research tools, and library systems. The experts make predictions about new cross-sector partnerships as researcher workflows evolve,” stated lead author Mary Somerville. “Our recommendations advance the common goal of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly publications and creative work.” Continue reading SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships
Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.” In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations.
Highlights of the survey:
- 239 respondents to the survey, 95% of whom identified as academic librarians.
- 67% work with 25-50+ vendors
- 85% of respondents are part of a decision making committee, recommendation team or have some influence on the decision and are NOT the sole decision maker at their organization
- 91% do NOT have a document negotiation process for the acquisition of products and services Continue reading Negotiating with vendors, 91% of librarians do not have a documented process
Several blogs and news sources are reporting on a public meeting regarding the first sale doctrine as it relates to digital files. Teleread’s Juli Monroe posted last Thursday. In her post she said, “There’s going to be a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks.
A notice was published in the Federal Register
Matt Enis at the The Digital Shift also reported on this topic. He said, “The Department of Commerce encourages librarians and other interested parties to file comments electronically by email to: CopyrightComments2013@uspto.gov before the November 13 deadline.”
Self-Publishing Movement Continues Strong Growth in U.S. says Bowker- 2012 ISBNs show nearly 60% more self-published works than in 2011
New Providence, NJ — October 9, 2013 — A new analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 percent over 2011 and 422 percent over 2007. Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.
“The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,” said Beat Barblan, Bowker Director of Identifier Services. “They invest in their businesses, hiring experts to fill skill gaps and that’s building a thriving new service infrastructure in publishing.”
The analysis shows the growing prominence of a handful of companies that offer publishing services to individual authors. More than 80 percent of self-published titles came to market with support from just eight companies, including Smashwords and CreateSpace. Continue reading Self-Publishing soars in 2012 – 60% more works than in 2011 according to Bowker
A new study, “The State of Bedtime Stories Survey,” conducted online by Harris Interactive (R) in April 2013 (on behalf of Reading is Fundamental and with the support of Macy’s) was just released. The study provides insight on the state of reading to children (8 and under) at bedtime. The report asks about book format, with 67% of parents reporting they typically use printed formats when reading bedtime stories. The full study, executive summary, and infographic are available for online reading or download via Reading is Fundamental on Scribd.
Here is the data related to book format preference, from the executive summary:
What form of book [do/did] you typically use when reading bedtime stories to your[X]-year old [son/daughter]?
Seventy-six percent of parents of children age 8 years or younger report that they typically use a printed book format when reading bedtime stories to their child, while 2% typically use an e-book format and 17% use both of these book formats.
SAGE, in consultation with Claire Creaser of LISU the national research and information centre based at Loughborough University (UK), and Lucy Browse of International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) have published the results of a research study, Library Value in the Developing World.
The final report has been published and can be downloaded for free here. Below is a summary of the study and findings, from the SAGE website.
Raising awareness of how the library supports teaching and research staff is key to demonstrating library value in developing countries, concludes a new report published today. The findings are the result of a six-month research study with twelve developing country institutions conducted by SAGE exploring perceptions of the value of academic libraries by teaching and research staff in developing countries. Continue reading Library value in the developing world, new study published
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
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.
Robert Miller, Global Director of eBooks for the Internet Archive, sent this email to IA sponsors, partners, and content contributors. It has some really interesting facts, figures, and updates from the IA and Robert was kind enough to let me repost it here on NSR in full. I have highlighted some of those remarkable facts and figures in bold below.
Dear Archive Sponsors, Content Contributors and Partners,
We are at the mid-year point in 2013. I wanted to share with you some “news you can use” about several milestones we will soon be reaching, a few changes in our pricing structure and plans for the remainder of the year. Please feel free to distribute this email to the appropriate people on your teams or the libraries you represent.
First, thank you for your continued support of the Internet Archive. We, together, have collectively built the largest, free, public digital lending library in the world. Yippee to all of us!
As you might remember, our original funding for the Internet Archive digitization program came in the form of a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2004. This one-time grant was never meant to be ongoing, but was to allow for the development of a low cost, high quality digitization program to be used by libraries to complement, enhance or replace their own internal efforts. In short, it was to be a backbone infrastructure service and resource to help libraries move quickly and decisively into eBooks, both in terms of access and preservation. Continue reading Internet Archive – 15m downloads per month, 2m ebooks scanned,1,000 partners and other new facts
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
I finally had time to read this very interesting article in the Huffington Post written by Mark Coker about the Smashwords study conducted to analyze self-published book sales data. Coker highlights seven key findings from the study and includes his slides from a presentation at the RT Booklovers Convention earlier this year. It’s worth a read if you are interested in self-publishing.
The seven key findings include:
- Ebook Sales Conform to a Power Curve
- Viva Long Form Reading: Longer Books Sell Better
- Shorter Book Titles Appear to Have Slight Sales Advantage
- How Indie Authors are Pricing Their Books: $2.99 is the Most Common Price Point
- How Price Impacts Unit Sales Volume: Lower Priced Books (usually) Sell More Copies
- The Yield Graph: Is $3.99 the New $2.99?
- A Closer Look at the Yield Graph Reveals Why Indie Ebook Authors Have a Competitive Advantage over Traditionally Published Authors
For those interested in self publishing, Coker offers a free ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.
April 8, 2013, Boston, Oxford — Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, today announced that the results of an information literacy survey of over 1,500 students from more than 400 institutions worldwide are now freely available. Anyone may register for a free copy, along with a paper authored by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Survey_Results. Additionally, Credo will be unveiling results at ACRL during a breakfast discussion on 11 April 2013.
Continue reading Credo’s student information literacy survey results now freely available