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Congrats Topeka & Shawnee PL for Library of the Year Award (and extensive econtent collection)

13394142_10156931554445654_1260705143126542099_n[1]Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) in Kansas has been named the 2016 Library of the Year by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and Library Journal. The press release (below) and other news stories about the award point to the library’s exemplary engagement with its community. The library is to receive $10,000 at an ALA reception in Orlando, FL,  on June 26th.

Glancing at the library homepage makes it clear that TSCPL engages in all sorts of activities, including filling prescriptions for patrons.

Relevant to NSR readers and advocates for digital literacy: the library offers ebooks and digital content, too, including a large collection of audiobooks.  According to its web site, TSCPL provides access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, Hoopla Digital, BookFlix, and TumbleBooks for Kids.  Its econtent offerings also include videos, music, and magazines.

The library’s top 10 research databases include:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Consumer Reports
  • Academic Search Premier
  • American Obituaries
  • Business Search Premier
  • Health Source
  • Mango for Libraries
  • Masterfile Premier
  • Novelist
  • Ancestry Library Edition

Continue reading Congrats Topeka & Shawnee PL for Library of the Year Award (and extensive econtent collection)

94% of public libraries offer ebooks says the 2015 LJ/SLJ report

Library Journal/School Library Journal conducted the 6th annual survey of public libraries regarding ebooks.  The 2015 report is available for download here.  The report is made available courtesy of Freading.  Registration is required.

From the executive summary:  ” If  it  appears  from  the  current  survey  (based  on  317  U.S.  public  libraries  responding)  that  much  of  the  enthusiasm  for  ebooks  has  cooled,  it  is  only  because  they  have  become  less  of  a  novelty  and  more  mainstream.”

“Ebook pricing is too high” is the most common complaint from public librarians about ebooks.

Here’s a page snip showing the number of public libraries offering ebooks over the last 6 reports:

The number of Public Libraries offering ebooks from the 6 LJ/SLJ surveys from 2010 - 2015.
The number of Public Libraries offering ebooks from the 6 LJ/SLJ surveys from 2010 – 2015.

Free, fabulous, library event – TDS14: Libraries@the Center

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Library Journal and School Library Journal’s 5th annual online conference: The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center is scheduled for October 1, 2014.  More information is available online at http://www.thedigitalshift.com/tds/libraries-at-the-center/

The event is free for attendees and will provide answers to some of the biggest challenges libraries face in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences. This daylong professional development conference can be viewed in groups or privately. There are no travel or registration fees, and attendees will connect with each other as well as hear exciting keynotes from award-winning scientist and author Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, and Anil Dash, cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, that will examine our shared digital future. Continue reading Free, fabulous, library event – TDS14: Libraries@the Center

ebrary’s Academic Complete awarded LJ’s Best E-book Database

Congratulations to ebrary on receiving the Best E-book Database award from Library Journal.

More from the press release: 

November 1, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that its flagship e-book subscription collection, Academic Complete™, has been awarded the title of Library Journal’s Best E-book Database.  The award, which was voted on by numerous reference librarians, further strengthens Academic Complete’s position as the best valued e-book database in the industry and marks the second highly esteemed title for Academic Complete in addition to the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) designation.

“With Academic Complete approaching its 10th anniversary, we are very grateful to be recognized as a quality e-book database by our customers,” said Kevin Sayar, President and General Manager of ebrary. “We look forward to increasing the value of our flagship product as it is an integral part of librarians’ e-book acquisition strategies.” Continue reading ebrary’s Academic Complete awarded LJ’s Best E-book Database

End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys, from the NISO eBook Forum

The following are my notes from the NISO eBook Forum Program – End Users Speak:  Outcomes from Recent Surveys.  Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.

Presented by – Steve Paxhia, President, Beacon Hill Strategic Solutions

3 of the studies presented today are not even published yet.  Most of the data shown was within just a few weeks of collection.  He summarized 4 reports from thousands of participants, millions of data points.  Much of the data was preliminary, so the numbers I list below may change with the final reports. Continue reading End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys, from the NISO eBook Forum

The LJ/SLJ Digital Shift event is this Wednesday, are you registered?

I hope you will join me in attending this virtual conference on Wednesday.  There is a great line-up of speakers, panelists, and other events.  More info below from LJ/SLJ

WHAT: The Digital Shift: Libraries, eBooks and Beyond, the  3rd annual online summit by Library Journal/School Library Journal,  will explore how libraries are navigating the transition from print to digital and integrating “e” into collections, catalogs and classrooms.

This full-day  program, including tracks designed specifically for public, academic and school libraries, will feature keynote authors discussing the nature of the evolving ‘book’ in the digital future and programs that take a closer look at the value of libraries in the eBook space and how libraries can assure their users’ access to eBooks.  Information will also be shared on product use, practical implementation and how technology is affecting the reading experience. Continue reading The LJ/SLJ Digital Shift event is this Wednesday, are you registered?

Library Journal survey on etextbook collections in academic libraries

Academic Librarians – if you have a few minutes, please consider taking this survey about etextbook collections.  Some of the results will be shared at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit on October 17th.

Library Journal is interested in learning more about etextbook collections in academic libraries. Your participation in this study will help identify the scope of etextbooks on college campuses–how popular they are and who is selecting them.

Please click on the link below to take a brief survey. We want to hear from you even if your library does not currently have an etextbook collection. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 American Express gift card.

Academic etextbook survey

Results from this survey will be revealed in an upcoming issue of Library Journal. Thank you for supporting LJ‘s research efforts!

Sincerely,

Laura Girmscheid
LJ Research Manager
lgirmscheid@mediasourceinc.com

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

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

LJ’s Patron Profiles and a free webinar

Public librarians, have you seen Library Journal’s new publication, Patron Profiles?  It’s chock full of data and analysis on public library users.  From the preface: “Patron Profiles focuses on who uses libraries, why they use libraries, and how that use may change. We are interested in their usage of content—especially via the discrete products such as books, videos, and music that libraries buy or lease, lend or distribute.”

Here are some nuggets I found from the January issue (28 pages of data and analysis on mobile devices, mobile content, and library apps):

  • Ebook usage continues to increase and patrons who prefer ebooks are, on average, more active library patrons than those who prefer printed books. They are generally more voracious in their media consumption. They visit their libraries more often, read more books, and buy more books. Continue reading LJ’s Patron Profiles and a free webinar

Library Journal’s Technology Summit, Dec. 8th, free registration

Library Journal is now offering free registration (for individuals) to their upcoming online technology summit, Power to the Patrons:  From Systems to Services. Registration also includes access to the tech summit archive for three months, so those who can’t stay for the entire day can log back in when they have more time.  The code for free registration is TechSmt11MS (individuals only).

Here is more information about the program:

Library Journal presents our first virtual technology summit, Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services, an online forum to examine what technologies patrons are using, what technologies they want from their library, and how these technologies can help them discover their place and enhance their connection with the library. Continue reading Library Journal’s Technology Summit, Dec. 8th, free registration

LJ/SLJ eBook Summit Summary Articles

The 2nd annual LJ/SLJ eBook Summit held on Wednesday offered some fantastic discussions on the implementation of eBooks in a variety of libraries.  Below are links to several articles and blog posts which summarize many of the sessions.

Keynote/State:  Dramatic Growth | LJ‘s Second Annual Ebook Survey

School Library Stas:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: More School Libraries Offer Ebooks; Increased Demand, Rise in Circulation

Keynote:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit Panelists Remind Librarians of an Old Creed: Free to All

Academic Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Academic Panel Tackles PDA, Ebook Discovery

Academic Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Making Ebooks Visible at Academic Libraries

Public Library Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Offering Patrons More Than One Delivery Platform

2011 eBook Penetration and Use – LJ/SLJ reports released

Library Journal and School Library Journal released the results of their 2011 survey of eBook Penetration and use today.  The reports are available for purchase (each individually) and a free download of the TOC is available.

More detail on the survey from the site:  Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s 2011 Ebook Penetration and Use survey reports present the most up to date data on how libraries are adopting ebooks and the driving factors behind purchasing and circulation activity in the public, academic, and school (K-12) markets. The 2011 surveys repeat the majority of questions asked in our inaugural 2010 reports and present clear cross comparisons as well as eye-opening trends on how libraries are using this new technology.

Kindle library lending in beta

Kindle library lending is in beta at two public libraries – King County Library System and the Seattle Public Library. (See article in Seattle Times).  News and instructions have been posted on various blogs and articles, but yesterday Library Journal‘s Mike Kelley reported, “Andra Addison, the director of Seattle PL’s communication office, said the library was not publicizing its testing because “It is embargoed until it is available to all partners.”

Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader has been closely following any news of Kindle library lending.  He has a really good post about the new service on his blog.

Here is a clip:

“Neither Amazon nor OverDrive have announced anything, and in fact I’m still waiting to hear back from my contacts at Overdrive. But I do know that Amazon’s help pages now refer to the library ebooks as a current feature, and OverDrive already list the Kindle as having beta support. The service is indeed live. Continue reading Kindle library lending in beta

LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – Hear what it’s all about from Barbara Genco

Yesterday I had a lovely visit with Barbara Genco and Josh Hadro from Library Journal.  We discussed the upcoming LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – eBooks:  The New Normal. Barbara and I recorded a quick interview about the program.  She discusses the organization of the virtual summit, highlights keynote speakers and activities, and offers advice on who should attend the summit.

For those of you who prefer to read the details, or perhaps register for the event, check out the web site – The Digital Shift

Barbara G’s interview, and over 40 others are available on the NSR Interviews page.

LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – October 12, 2011

In 2010, Library Journal and School Library Journal brought you our inaugural Virtual Summit on ebooks and the library market, Ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point. More than 2,000 participants from the library community joined us for this day-long virtual event to discuss how ebooks are shaping the future of libraries.

This year, we go one step beyond to bring you Ebooks: The New Normal. This one-day virtual conference will bring together public, academic and school librarians (K-12), vendors, publishers, and industry experts to address how libraries are leveraging the ebook opportunity to improve service and reach more users than ever before. The event offers something for everyone, from building an ebook strategy and collection to mastering the transition and even how to market ebooks to patrons.

Registration Now Open

67% of public libraries offer e-books, up 12% – ALA Study

Libraries Connect Communities 2011 coverALA’s 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study was released today.  According to the press release:  “more than two-thirds (67 percent) of libraries offer access to e-books, up 12 percent from two years ago.”  These numbers fall right in line with the recent Library Journal & School Library Journal e-book survey.  They reported that 72% of public libraries offer e-books.

The ALA Study has multiple pieces available for download.  They include:

American Libraries Digital Supplement Summer 2011

Executive Summary (.pdf)

Library Funding Landscape (.pdf)

Library Technology Landscape (.pdf)

State Summaries (.pdf)

Reports from the Field (.pdf)

Appendix A: 2010-2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey Questionnaire

Appendix B: Interview Questions

Appendix C: California public library interview participants

Appendix D: Oklahoma public library interview participants

Self-publishing author J.A. Konrath to headline OverDrive’s Digipalooza 2011

From OverDrive:  Author and self-publisher J.A. Konrath (a.k.a. Jack Kilborn) will be a featured speaker at Digipalooza 2011.  Konrath has authored 22 eBook titles that are available through OverDrive public, school, and college libraries. He has sold more than 300,000 eBooks. OverDrive’s 3rd international user group conference will be held in downtown Cleveland, July 28-31, 2011.  The biennial event will provide hundreds of librarians interaction with representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Books on Tape (a division of Random House), John Wiley & Sons, AudioGO, Blackstone Audiobooks, and Brilliance Audio. Digipalooza has been recognized as a leading forum for librarians to network and share “best practices” on maximizing the value and circulation of eBooks and digital audiobooks while interacting with publishers and industry leaders. Continue reading Self-publishing author J.A. Konrath to headline OverDrive’s Digipalooza 2011

Library Journal/School Library Journal 2011 ebook survey available

From an LJ email:  Library Journal and School Library Journal invite you to participate in our 2011 ebook survey. This data will allow us to trend the changing nature of library ebook collections. Survey results will be shared at our October 12 ebook summit and in upcoming issues of LJ and SLJ.

We want to hear from all public, academic and school libraries, even if your library currently has no ebook collection. You can view a pdf of the survey before answering (recommended!). Please click on the link below to begin.

Click here to get started.

If you complete the survey you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Nook Color (2 Nook Colors will be given away) or a complimentary registration to our upcoming all-day virtual ebook summit on October 12*. Continue reading Library Journal/School Library Journal 2011 ebook survey available

Articles of Interest – Kindle edition

A summary of the various articles about Amazon’s announcement to work with libraries via OverDrive, plus a couple of others on Amazon.

Kindle Library Lending and OverDrive – What it means for libraries and schools – OverDrive blog post

Amazon to Allow Library Lending of Kindle Books (Updated) Library Journal

Librarian’s Hope for a “Seamless Experience” with Amazon Kindle – Library Journal

Amazon Continues to Push Book innovation with Library Lending and Ad-Supported Kindles – Scholarly Kitchen

After Kindle Lending, the Deluge « LJ Insider

Amazon to launch library lending for Kindle books – USATODAY.com

Kindle Library Lending Announcement Raises Questions – Information Today

Library eBooks Coming to the Kindle – eBookNewser

Amazon To Bring Ebook Lending to Local Libraries – Mashable

Kinboox – New eBook Lending Site Launched – eBookNewser

SEC is Investigating Amazon About the Sales Tax Disputes – eBookNewser

Achtung! German Kindle Store Opens – eBookNewser