American Libraries new website

American Libraries is rolling out a newly redesigned website, tentatively scheduled to appear January 4. The site, which is live now but still carrying the “beta” label, is at www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org. We encourage you to take a look and update your bookmarks and any links to us in your blogs and websites. The AL Online RSS feed will relocate to www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/rss.xml. Making the switch to a new domain could be tricky—we could risk losing readers who are used to our old domain (of course, redirects will be in place, but it’s still going to be a bit confusing), so we wanted to get the word out early. Continue reading American Libraries new website

Survey on Scholarly Book Publishing Practice

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers conducted a survey of academic book publishers policies and practices in online publishing in 2009.  The initial results of that survey are available (released in Oct. 09) with additional results to follow.  More information can be found on the ALPSP site.

From the ALPSP site:  The First Findings Summary (pdf) published on 13 October  2009 draws attention to:

* the size and extent of the forthcoming survey;
* the types of academic publishing currently being undertaken;
* the reported effect on sales of the ‘Look Inside’ function provided by Amazon;
* the number of publishers so far signed up to the Google Book Settlement;
* the proportion of eBooks published by commercial as against non-profit publishers.

Hybrid books – article in Washington Post

Interesting article in the Washington Post on hybrid books – books which contain print, video, links, and other multisensory features.  The article is As books go beyond printed page to multisensory experience – what about reading?

Loss of creativity/imagination is a recurring thought in the article and subsequent comments.   Vooks, as they are called, seem to be aimed at younger audiences.  Are they good for different learning styles??

Survey on e-books and e-readers for academic librarians

Librarians at Saint Cloud University in Minnesota are surveying academic libraries about ebooks and ebook readers.  Here is the original message from librarians Rachel Wexelbaum and Plamen Miltenoff:

At Saint Cloud State University, we are investigating the use of EBooks and EReaders in academic libraries in order to determine where best to invest our funds.  How are EBooks and/or EReaders used in your academic library?  Please complete this brief Survey monkey survey, and feel free to email me with any observations/experiences/challenges you have had with EBooks or EReaders at your institution.  For the best analysis, we need a larger statistical sample.  Please feel free to forward this survey to your colleagues off list.  We would be happy to share the results of this survey with you. Continue reading Survey on e-books and e-readers for academic librarians

CIBER Announces Results of Global Library Survey, Findings to Be Discussed at ALA Midwinter

From an ebrary press release:

Final survey report now freely available courtesy of Charleston Conference, YBP, and ebrary

December 21, 2009—London, UK—CIBER research group at University College London today announced the availability of the final report for its global library survey that concerns challenges, trends, and best practices during tough economic times. Co-sponsored by Charleston Conference, Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services, and ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, the survey was completed by 835 institutions around the world. Anyone may receive a complimentary copy of the final report by registering at http://www.ebrary.com/corp/inforequest/survey2009.jsp. Continue reading CIBER Announces Results of Global Library Survey, Findings to Be Discussed at ALA Midwinter

Google Books, links to letters, objections/responses

Here’s a link to the letter sent to the DOJ from the Exec Dir’s of ALA/ACRL/ARL on December 15th, outlining concerns of pricing and the lack of academic representation on the Registry Board.

And another link for the NY Law School document outlining the objections and responses in the amended settlement.

Stress Test for a Healthy Ebook

Michael Pastore at Epublishers Weekly blog posted a stress test for ebooks.  His test gives points to ebooks for the ability to complete tasks, like sharing with friends, converting, and printing.  The full test is on the blog, check it out.

Here’s the intro material:  How healthy is your ebook? … Is your ebook free, flexible, strong (long lasting) and brimming with useful features? … Or is your ebook feature-challenged, a hapless prisoner of one specific device, format, or content protection system?

There is much debate about ebook pricing; there should be much more talk about ebook value. A free and healthy ebook is worth much more than a feature-reduced ebook.

Webinar – 21st Century Reference Collections

Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) will host a webinar on the 21st century reference collection on January 12th.  Register online for this free event.

Here is the description of the event:

Reference collections are changing, driven by technology and new patterns of use. Join Booklist’s Mary Ellen Quinn, Editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a group of library and publishing experts as they talk about how the traditional reference collection is being transformed. Panelists include David A. Tyckoson, Associate Dean, California State University Henry Madden Library; and representatives from Encyclopaedia Britannica, M. E. Sharpe, World Book, and ABC-CLIO.

Webinar Summary- Consumer Book Trends 2009 – Hosted by Bowker & AAP

Attended the Bowker/AAP webinar on consumer book trends for 2009.  This focused on Q3 numbers in 2009 with a close look at 2 user groups -  18 – 29 year old males and 30 – 40 year old females.  My notes are below, pardon the typos, was typing fast and furious to catch the data.

the Speakers:

  • Tina Jordan, VP AAP – moderator
  • Kelly Gallagher, VP Publishing Services, Bowker – speaker

Bowker announced yesterday that 1/3 Americans cutting down on book purchases Continue reading Webinar Summary- Consumer Book Trends 2009 – Hosted by Bowker & AAP

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