Listened in on a Kindle Loan program at the Handheld Librarian conference today. Panelists from university and public libraries discussed their current Kindle loan programs. Some highlights included:
- Each school had between 4 and 8 Kindles for loan, mostly Kindle 1 and 2
- Circulation staff handled the loan/fines and the downloading of titles
- Program started as an ILL service, asking patrons with ILL requests if they were open to using the Kindle/ebook (about 1/2 were willing to during the pilot) Continue reading Loaning Kindles
Great article in the EduCause Quarterly “A Campus-Wide E-textbook Initiative.” Authors, Jon T. Rickman, Roger Von Holzen, Paul G. Klute, and Teri Tobin describes the process that Northwest Missouri State University followed to transition from a textbook rental program to an eTextbook rental program. eBook Readers, Laptops, and the NMSU implementation plan are discussed in detail. Continue reading eTextbook Article from EduCause Quarterly
First Google, now Amazon, UM has certainly got connections. They announced this week a plan to offer book reprints for sale on Amazon as reprints on demand. According to their press release,”The University of Michigan will make thousands of books that are no longer in copyright — including rare and one-of-a-kind titles — available as reprints on demand under a new agreement with BookSurge, part of the Amazon.com group of companies. The agreement gives the public a unique opportunity to buy reprints of a wide range of titles in the U-M Library for as little as a few dollars. As individual copies are sold on Amazon.com, BookSurge will print and bind the books in soft-cover form.” Continue reading UM to sell digitized books on Amazon
Picked up these two white papers from Springer at the ALA Conference. They are in pdf at the Springer site.
eBooks – Costs and Benefits to Academic and Research Libraries
eBooks – The End User Perspective
CHICAGO—Booklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services. Continue reading Booklist launches new reference blog
Hotdog, someone has started a much needed plan to get eBooks part of the ILL program. According to a 6/10/09 LJ article, BYU Library has a pilot program wth 3 Kindles. They are circulating these kindles with a variety of very new titles, too new for ILL. Verbal permission was given from Amazon, nothing in writing. Highly recommended to speak with Amazon before you delve into loaning out Kindles. Check out the article for more details.
From the Gale/Cengage RE:sources blog, May 2009
Widgets pack a wallop
Results from K-12 school, academic and public libraries confirm that usage soars when you add the ability to search all or part of your Gale Virtual Reference Library collection with a widget. Comparing the number of user sessions before and after the addition of a widget on the pages of a high school in Minnesota, a college in Texas and a public library in Ohio, Mark Springer, a data analyst from Gale, documented gains of 178%, 167% and 140% respectively. Read more results like these in the RE:sources blog next week.
What are the challenges and opportunities collection development librarians are faced with during these tight budget times as the nature of collections continue to evolve? How can academic libraries maintain their purchasing power for collections when severe budget cuts are the norm at many academic institutions? Can publishers and vendors be more flexible in their pricing models in order to assist libraries sustain purchasing for collections during this difficult budget time?
In January ICOLC warned publishers that academic libraries face impending budget cuts and asked them to develop alternative solutions to the dilemma. In February ARL issued a statement confirming that the situation is dire and must be taken seriously.
Since then it has been reported that several ARL Libraries face serious budget cuts. Some publishers have responded by freezing prices for 2010. How is your library coping with budget cuts?
Respond to this post with practical suggestions and solutions about what your library has done, or is planning to do, to weather this recession. Feel free to communicate with publishers and vendors with price freeze suggestions as well.
The April 1, 2009 “Off The Shelf” column features an article on E-book usage data. The article surveyed 10 e-book vendors and aggregators for information on their usage data. A comparative chart accompanies the article, which is only available online, on the NSR articles page.
7 vendors replied to the survey, 1 couldn’t participate due to usage data restructuring, and 2 did not reply. The 2 no replies serve primarily the public and school library markets, so this usage chart is heavy on academic providers.
Jason Price and John McDonald, from Claremont Colleges, have completed a study profiling various ebook aggregator collections to their print collection. Their goal, to find out if eBooks can supersede the print collection, or just supplement the collection. They presented this in Charleston last November, but have now finalized their stats and have posted the presentation and results. The study, To supersede or supplement: profiling aggregator e-book collections vs. our print collections, found that they cannot supersede the print collection with ebooks as 70% of their print collection is not available in ebook format. So, eBooks will have to supplement the collection.
Jason and John discovered in their research that aggregator title lists are largely unique. Also, titles in visual arts, painting, and romance literatures had the least amount of eBook content.
For more information, read the report, or contact Jason or John.