Library Journal is now offering free registration (for individuals) to their upcoming online technology summit, Power to the Patrons:Â From Systems to Services. Registration also includes access to the tech summit archive for three months, so those who canâ€™t stay for the entire day can log back in when they have more time.Â 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
Library Journal and School Library Journal released the results of their 2011 survey of eBook Penetration and use today.Â 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:Â Library Journal and School Library Journalâ€˜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 is in beta at two public libraries – King County Library System and the Seattle Public Library. (See article in Seattle Times).Â 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.Â 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 Iâ€™m still waiting to hear back from my contacts at Overdrive. But I do know that Amazonâ€™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
Yesterday I had a lovely visit with Barbara Genco and Josh Hadro from Library Journal.Â We discussed the upcoming LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – eBooks:Â The New Normal. Barbara and I recorded a quick interview about the program.Â 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.
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
From OverDrive:Â Author and self-publisher J.A. Konrath (a.k.a. Jack Kilborn) will be a featured speaker at Digipalooza 2011.Â Konrath has authored 22 eBook titles that are available through OverDrive public, school, and college libraries. He has sold more than 300,000 eBooks. OverDriveâ€™s 3rd international user group conference will be held in downtown Cleveland, July 28-31, 2011.Â 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 â€œbest practicesâ€ 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
From an LJ email:Â 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