Two great articles in Library Journal yesterday.Â The first article summarized the comments of Josh Marwell, president of sales at Harper Collins regarding the 26 check-out rule.Â Marwell sat on a panel as part of “eBooks: Collections at the Crossroads,” a symposium organized by the Connecticut Library Consortium (#clctrendspotting, #clcebooks).
Clip from article:
“Is 26 set in stone? No. It’s our number for now, but we want to hear back. Immediately. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense that one size fits all. We consider it a work in progress. But this is the number that we have now,” he said.
“I invite you to test the water. Use it. Give us feedback. We’re in the water. We want to be here,” he said, noting that the company wants to sell ebooks to libraries and has been doing so for ten years. Marwell pointed out that HarperCollins has been hearing “quietly” from some librarians who are going to see how the new policy works for them.
“We try to be intelligent about our policy,” he said. “And when we landed on 26, the information that we had was that most books don’t circulate 26 times. In terms of the long tail, this particular number probably works for a different part of the collection. We realize it doesn’t work for the best sellers.” Continue reading “26” not set-in stone, OverDrive challenged on access fees
Library Journal reported today that the four universities that make up the Triangle Research Libraries Network received a $41,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebooks pricing and acquisition.
From LJ: Â “Some answers to the ebook model dilemma may be in the offing, from theÂ Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)â€”a collaborative organization of the libraries of North Carolina-based Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central Universityâ€”which announced that it has received a $41,000 grant from theÂ Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebook pricing and acquisition.”
A colleague also forwarded to me today a value statement for the Scholarly Ebook Marketplace from North Carolina State University. Â It is reprinted below in full. Continue reading North Carolina libraries receive grant to develop new eBook business models & make statements on values
From OverDrive (note one of the sponsors at the bottom):Â Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDriveâ€™s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (www.digipalooza.com), July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in library eBook borrowing with panels on industry trends, best practices, marketing and outreach, and upcoming enhancements to the OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) service. A roundtable featuring representatives from several of the worldâ€™s leading publishing houses will provide librarians with the chance to ask questions, in-person, about the future of library eBook lending. Continue reading Digipalooza III to be held July 28-31, 2011
IGI Publishing launched the inaugural issue of the Advances in Library Information Science (ALIS) Newsletter today. Â The newsletter provides a value-added tool that gives a pre-publication, no-strings-attached glimpse into the library and information science content. Â The Editor-in-Chief for the IGI ALIS series is Mirela Roncevic, formerly with Library Journal.
In the first newsletter, the forthcoming title edited by Sue Polanka, E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts, is highlighted offering eight essays. Â The full book, to be released in the fall of 2011, boasts over 20 unique chapters on the issues and concepts surrounding reference content, written by Â thirty-one contributors representing academic, public, and school libraries, publishers, library school professors, and other information industry professionals.
More information about the ALIS newsletter .
Read the preface of the forthcomingÂ E-Reference title.
Last summer, Library Journal and School Library Journal conducted an eBook survey for libraries.Â The survey was designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences.Â They included an academic, public, and school library version of the survey.Â Hundreds of questions were asked and hundreds of libraries responded. The results of those surveys were published in November, 2010 in three separate reports.Â The executive summaries of each are available on the Library Journal site (and linked below), and full reports are available for purchase.Â There were 1,842 respondents, broken down to 364 academic, 781 public, and 697 school libraries.Â I’ve captured some of the data to share with you, but the reports are full of additional information on budgets, marketing, barriers to adoption, patron preference, and much, much more.Â A primer on ebook readers and formats is in the appendix of each full report. Thanks to Josh Hadro at Library Journal for sharing the reports with me and allowing me to publish some of the data here on No Shelf Required. Continue reading Library Journal Publishes Library eBook Survey Results – Sample Data Here
Fabulous post, and summary of the Digital Book World Conference thus far, from Eric Hellman. Â He reports on a panel discussion from DBW today, moderated by Josh Hadro at Library Journal. Â LJ has a great summary article of the discussion as well. Â The topic – why libraries belong in the eBook ecosystem. Â Panelists included OverDrive CEO, Steve Potash, New York Public Library Deputy Director Christopher Platt, and big 6 vice president,Â Random House Director of Account Marketing Ruth Liebmann. Â I followed some of the tweets today, which were great. Â You can see the stream at #dbwlibrary and #dbw11.
January 11, 2011 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) â€“ ProQuest will digitize more than 30,000 rare early books from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands, capturing every volume in high-resolution color scans. This is the third major European national library to participate in ProQuestâ€™s Early European Books project after the Danish Royal Library, Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy. As with the agreements in Denmark and Italy, the material will be free to access in the host country. Continue reading ProQuest to Digitize 30,000 rare early books from National Library of the Netherlands
From an OUP Press Release I received via email:Â January 11, 2011 – Oxford University Press is pleased to announce the creation of a groundbreaking online platform for university press monograph content. Having redeveloped the award-winning Oxford Scholarship Online platform, OUP is launching University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) and inviting the University Press community to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with the cutting edge search and discovery functionality that has marked the success of Oxford Scholarship Online. Continue reading Oxford University Press Creates Online Platform for University Press Content
There have been several blog posts this week about using the BlueFire Reader application to download eBooks from library collections to various iOS devices.Â Josh Hadro from Library Journal has a great post with step-by-step instructions and screen shots.Â Other posts, not as detailed as Josh’s, include:
Another post from the Download Squad site offers a brief description with a couple of screen shots.