Category Archives: Conferences/Events

Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition

This is a great idea.  I hope many of you will read the book and promote it to your patrons.  I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program. Follow the program on twitter – #BigLibraryRead.

Cleveland, May 16, 2013 – Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected title, The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone, is available in OverDrive Read, Kindle (U.S. only) and EPUB formats and can be read on virtually any device.

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Springer releases white paper on eBook use and acceptance in an undergraduate institution

Springer has released a White Paper on ebook use and attitudes.  The study was conducted at Wellesley College.  Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries co-authored the white paper.

More information, including key findings and links to the full paper, is below:

A new white paper from Springer examines eBook adoption at an undergraduate institution

Conventional wisdom holds that the availability of eBooks and their inherent utility – full text searchability, ease of access, etc. – are what drive use and acceptance. But are these the only factors behind the rate of adoption of eBooks at undergraduate universities? A new Springer white paper by Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries, draws on past studies and a new survey of users at Wellesley College to uncover some interesting insights for undergraduate librarians and institutions. The white paper is available both online, and will be distributed at this year’s Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER & L) Conference in Austin, TX. Continue reading

National Archives to help launch first DPLA project

March 12, 2013

Washington, DC. . . Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the National Archives, as a leading content provider to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will help launch its first pilot project.

The DPLA is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries and archives to build a digital library platform to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available anytime, anywhere, online through a single access point. Continue reading

OverDrive’s Digipalooza, August 1st – 4th

I’m not an OverDrive customer, but I’ve always wanted to attend the Digipalooza conference.  It looks like it is very educational and entertaining.  Registration is open.  Visit www.digipalooza.com for more information.  Here’s a bit from the site:

OverDrive’s International User Group Conference for partner libraries, Digipalooza offers a unique blend of education, networking and fun.
Education & Best Practices from Leading Librarians
Learn how to maximize the value and circulation of eBooks, digital audiobooks and other media through best practices from experienced library staff, demonstrations of the latest software, devices, and mobile applications, as well as tips and tools for increasing awareness and addressing today’s trends.

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Credo survey suggests students lack basic information skills

Credo Survey Suggests Students Lack Basic Information Skills Critical for Academic and Workforce Success

Survey finds 37% of students do not feel adequately prepared to start research

More information from the press release below.  Note the opportunity to attend an event at ACRL relating to the study as well as receive the full text of the study.  Links are below.

March 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford – A survey developed by librarians and sponsored by Credo found that many college students falsely perceive their level of information literacy. The data collected suggests that while students display an understanding of information skills, they are not successful at the next step —application of the skill. These information skills are critical to success in the classroom, but they also extend beyond campus to prepare students for success on the job and in everyday life.  Continue reading

eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th.  While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services.  Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.

I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports.  First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models:  A Scorecard for Public Libraries.   Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition).  The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading

Interview with Kari Paulson, President of EBL and Kevin Sayar, Senior VP of ProQuest

picture of Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayar
Sayar and Paulson discuss acquisition plans during the ALAMW conference in Seattle.

Last week, ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL.  I had a chance to interview two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, President of EBL, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest.  Kari and Kevin discussed with me how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies.

This interview and over 50 others are available on the No Shelf Required interviews page.

ProQuest to acquire EBL, ebrary and EBL services to merge

ProQuest has done it again.  Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL.  EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection.  They have long been a competitor for ebrary, offering similar monograph content to academic and special libraries worldwide.

Library customers of ebrary and EBL can expect business as usual until the conclusion of the approval period.  After that however, the tides will change.  Responding to specific questions from No Shelf Required,  Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President, ProQuest Workflow Solutions, said, “Until the approval period is over, ProQuest/ebrary and EBL will operate as separate companies with their respective content and acquisition models remaining the same. Customers for both companies will not experience any changes at this time. ebrary and EBL shared around 200 publishers, and have most of the big ones in common. There are some publishers that ebrary has and EBL does not and vice versa, so respective customers could potentially gain more content upon the deal closing. After closing the deal, the best features of EBL and ebrary will be combined on a single platform after approximately 18 months.  At this point the timeline is a target and is subject to change.” Continue reading

OverDrive announces streaming video and audio services for libraries and schools

Those of you attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting may want to stop by for a demo of the OverDrive streaming services.  The One-Step Checkout (TM) sounds great to me.

Washington Convention Center, Seattle—Jan. 22, 2013—Today OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115. Continue reading

NSR Interviews: 2012 in Review

NSR 2012 Interviews

With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlight  innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models.  I hope you will take some time to listen.  Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted.  Please contact Sue Polanka for more information.  You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.

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