CLEVELANDâ€”January 8, 2015â€”Capitalizing on the latest advances in eBook technology and popular catalog availability, public libraries saw digital checkouts rise again to record levels in 2014.Â 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.
From the OverDrive blog:
Weâ€™re excited to announce that 2014â€™s â€œ1 Million Checkout Clubâ€ 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 libraryâ€™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
Publishing Technology released a report earlier this month about trends in mobile phone ebook reading.Â An infographic, slides of a presentation, and full report are all available using the link above.
The survey, consisting of 3,000 consumers from the US and UK, concluded that:
- 43% have read an e-book, or part of an e-book, on their handsets
- 66% of mobile phone book readers currently read more on their phones than they did last year
Publishing Technology explored the subject of mobile phone book reading by surveying consumers in the US and UK to better understand their habits and preferences.Â They unveiled theÂ results and key trends from the study over the course of the 2014Â Frankfurt Book Fair.Â The Publishing Technology blog, Content Forward, also includes study results for mobile devices and a variety of other topics.
The full report is available here. Â Full press release below.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ â€” A new report released today from the Aspen Institute looks at how â€“ in an age of instant and abundant information â€“ U.S. public libraries can drive community advancements unlike any other public institution.
â€œRising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Librariesâ€ 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 todayâ€™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) –Â 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 theÂ 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.Â I like that it is research-validated from the iSchool at the University of Washington.
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 14, 2014â€”The 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.Â Out of sight, out of mind.Â 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 educationâ€”and libraries. The sparks are visible. Itâ€™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. â€” June 23, 2014 â€” 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 Analyticsâ€™ 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, 2014â€”OCLC Research has released a new report, â€œUnderstanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections,â€ 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 â€œabove-the-institutionâ€ management strategies.
â€œUnderstanding the Collective Collectionâ€ 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