Category Archives: Articles of Interest

“Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” new report from Aspen Institute

The full report is available here.   Full press release below.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new report released today from the Aspen Institute looks at how – in an age of instant and abundant information – U.S. public libraries can drive community advancements unlike any other public institution.

“Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy. The report is part of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The multiyear dialogue brings library professionals, policymakers, technology experts, philanthropists, educators and civic leaders together to explore the future of public libraries. Continue reading

New report offers recommendations to improve usage, discovery and access of e-content in libraries

Distinguished group from libraries, publishing and OCLC publish
‘Success Strategies for Electronic Content Discovery and Access’

DUBLIN, Ohio, October 3, 2014—A group of professionals from libraries, content providers and OCLC have published Success Strategies for Electronic Content Discovery and Access, a white paper that identifies data quality issues in the content supply chain and offers practical recommendations for improved usage, discovery and access of e-content in libraries. Continue reading

New OCLC report: At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries

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

Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading

Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox, Ltd. sent me this story he wrote about snatching ebooks.  I think it’s a clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in many of our libraries.  He gave me permission to post it here.

Book Snatching

Or

Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading

by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO, Total Boox Ltd.

Its 5:20 PM. My wife should be home in about half an hour. I promised I’d do the dishes and have the place looking decent when she returns. I have 47 pages to go with my book, and I’m dying to complete it. Yes, I can complete it before it expires and evaporates from my device at 5:46, but then, the dishes. The sink looks like a railroad crash on a rainy day. Continue reading

ATG issue features articles on ebooks for academic librarians

The December 2013/January 2014 issue of Against The Grain features six feature articles and one opinion piece on ebooks in academic libraries.  The issue, eBook Platforms for Academic Librarians, was guest edited by Audrey Powers.

Here is the Table of Contents (note you must be a subscriber to read the full-text):

  • eBook Platforms for Academic Libraries by Audrey Powers
  • eBook Lending Platforms  by John Novak
  • eBook Aggregators: A Primer by Deborah Lenares
  • Commercial Publisher eBook Platforms  by Cris Ferguson
  • University Press eBook Platforms:  A Brief Overview  by Mark Johnson
  • Op Ed: Inadvertent Innovation by Joe Esposito

New OCLC Research report provides evidence base for shift to shared print management approach

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 23, 2014—OCLC Research has released a new report, “Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections,” which establishes evidence that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.

“Understanding the Collective Collection” collects important work OCLC Research has done for the community in recent years in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. It provides critical context for the policy, service and strategy questions raised by shared print discussions in the library community. Continue reading

50% of American adults own eReader or tablet says new Pew report

Pew Internet Research released a new report yesterday on eReaders and eReading.  The report, “E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps” reports an increase in device ownership and eReading among Americans.

Some highlights:

  • 50% of American adults own either an eReader or tablet device
  • eReaders and tablet devices used for reading ebooks nearly twice as much as computers and cell phones
  • Reading eBooks on tablet devices has increased from 23% to 55% in 3 years

Much, much more available in the full report.

SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships

Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014)   In a changing academic environment, discoverability of scholarly content demands cooperative efforts across the communications supply chain. A new SAGE white paper, out today, summarizes the current discovery landscape for scholarly communications, advocates for cooperative efforts across the industry, and proposes specific recommendations for discoverability improvement for librarians, publishers, and service providers.

“This white paper draws upon novel insights contributed by international experts about the scholarly ecosystem of publisher content, research tools, and library systems. The experts make predictions about new cross-sector partnerships as researcher workflows evolve,” stated lead author Mary Somerville. “Our recommendations advance the common goal of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly publications and creative work.” Continue reading

Google Books prevails, lawsuit dismissed

Google Books prevails and the lawsuit is dismissed.

Quote from the Authors Guild v Google – Summary Judgment Decision (Case 1:05-cv-08136-DC Document 1088 Filed 11/14/13):

In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences,
while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely
impacting the rights of copyright holders. It has become an invaluable research tool that permits students, teachers,
librarians, and others to more efficiently identify and locate books. It has given scholars the ability, for the first time, to
conduct full-text searches of tens of millions of books. It preserves books, in particular out-of-print and old books that
have been forgotten in the bowels of libraries, and it gives them new life. It facilitates access to books for print-disabled and
remote or underserved populations. It generates new audiences and creates new sources of income for authors and publishers.
Indeed, all society benefits…       Denny Chin, U.S. Circuit Judge

See also:

Reuters – Google prevails over authors in book-scanning U.S. lawsuit

GigaOM – Google wins book-scanning case:  Judge finds fair-use, cites many benefits

DPLAfest highlights

The DPLA just emailed out these links, summarizing events held last month.

On October 24-25, we held our first DPLAfest—two days of vibrant discussions  and workshops that brought together hundreds of ibrarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers, technologists, publishers, authors, teachers, students and other participants from across the country. Since then we’ve published a short series of blog posts highlighting some of the key events, workshops, and conversations coming out of the fest. You can find links to these DPLAfest roundup posts below.