A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks. Panelists included:
- Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
- Stuart Smith - Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
- Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
- Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
- Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.
I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch, They both agreed to share their slides which are available here:
Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks. For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take. But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words: create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading
The statewide e-book project, also known as eVoke Colorado, continues to reach significant milestones. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs.
By project end, eVoke Colorado endeavors to create an alpha-stage, end-to-end cloud e-content infrastructure that can provide digital content purchasing and lending capabilities to all Colorado libraries. Earlier this year, the project achieved milestones allowing library users to search and access e-content alongside physical content, see real-time availability, and download titles from within library catalogs. Continue reading
ebrary will be launching a new and improved ebrary reader in the next few months. Many of the new features are listed below (and also available in a ppt). As a result of the new reader, ebrary will be retiring the dedicated mobile app on August 4th. The new ereader is designed with laptop and tablet use in mind, tablets using the Bluefire app as access point (which has already been available for some time).
New features of Reader:
- Clearer user permissions & information on ebooks for patrons
- Intuitive navigation to find popular features faster
- Higher text quality & display options for better readability
- Focus on streamlining key tasks:
Copy, print, download, in-book search
- Enhanced support for accessibility needs (Q4)
IPSWICH, Mass. — July 15, 2014 —EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) have partnered to make ECSSR titles more accessible for academic users as well as public library users looking for Arabic and English publications covering various political, economic, social and informational fields. The ECSSR titles are being made available via the EBSCO eBooks™ platform, allowing users to purchase complete e-book versions of titles from the publisher. Continue reading
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 14, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that API integration between its Axis 360 digital media platform and Innovative’s Polaris ILS has been completed, achieving a new milestone in simplified patron experience and digital library administration benefits. Continue reading
Interesting grant-funded project awarded to OCLC and partners. I like that it is research-validated from the iSchool at the University of Washington.
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 14, 2014—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
I attended the American Library Association Conference in late June and was able to speak with a variety of ebook vendors about updates to interfaces, products, and services. Below is a list of vendors with highlights for each. I didn’t make it to every vendor, so if I have left someone off the list or you have information to add, please contact me. Continue reading
NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced enhancements to its widely-adopted ipage® search and order content platform including new functionality that makes searching, selecting and ordering materials easy for academic libraries worldwide.
“Ingram is devoted to helping academic libraries find relevant content for their important customers,” said Shawn Everson, Chief Commercial Officer, Ingram Content Group. “I’m confident that our enhanced ipage platform will improve the experience of our users, and give them tools to more easily find and purchase content to meet the complex needs of their patrons.” Continue reading
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. Out of sight, out of mind. 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 education—and libraries. The sparks are visible. It’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
Here is information about a session to be held at the ALA conference this Saturday:
E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap? – IRRT Paper Session, Saturday, June 28th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Location: Las Vegas Convention Center -
S233 Description: With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, E-books and e-readers hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor. At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access. This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways. Continue reading