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SAGE Knowledge – an interview with Lettie Conrad of SAGE

SAGE recently announced their new eBook platform, SAGE Knowledge.  It contains about 2500 titles, including SAGE Reference Online titles.  I spoke with Lettie Conrad, Manager of Online Product Management at SAGE about the new platform.  Our interview is available on the NSR interviews page.

Articles of Interest – PLA version

Ebook Talks Continued:  ALA Meets with Distributors – eContent blog

Boopsie Approaches Integration in Its Own Way; New Competitor Emerges at PLA | Digital Shift

Ebook Providers, ILS Vendors Move Rapidly to Remove Friction From E-Lending; OverDrive APIs Coming in April Digital Shift

OverDrive’s Library eReader is Better Than 3M’s Library eReader – The Digital Reader

3M Cloud Library Integrates with Polaris ILS Digital Shift

3M Cloud Library – an Interview with Matt Tempelis from 3M

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3M Cloud Library, an interview with Matt Tempelis

Yesterday I had the chance to speak with Matt Tempelis, Cloud Library Global Business Manager, about the 3M Cloud Library.  Matt and I discussed why 3M got into the ebook lending business, the unique features of the 3M Cloud Library, and what the future will bring to the program. 3M recently announced an integration with the Polaris ILS system.  Meredith Schwartz wrote a nice article about it in Library Journal.

Matt’s interview, along with 50+ others, are available on the NSR interviews page.

Dquarium – Where Technology Comes to Talk…to Librarians

Looking for detailed discussions of new technologies, libraries, publishing, and everything in between?  Then check out Dquarium, a collection of audio and video podcasts hosted by Kayhan B., Erin Anderson and Doug Mirams.

From their site:  “Dquarium.com is an Internet network of audio and video podcasts that discusses everything and anything related to digital technology. Dquarium.com produces and creates all-original media content for the viewing and listening pleasure of nano-nerds and gadget-geeks everywhere.”

They have had some great interviews with librarians and those close to libraries on their Bibliotech channel including:

  • Lisa Carlucci Thomas
  • Sue Polanka
  • Marshall Breeding
  • Michael Porter
  • Paul Biba
  • Stephen Abram
  • Buffy J. Hamilton
  • David Lee King
  • Michael Stephens
  • Sarah Houghton

Baker & Taylor, Axis 360, and the Blio Reader

It seems as though OverDrive and 3M garner all of the attention when it comes to ebooks for the public library market.  So, it’s nice to see Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 in the news this week.  Library Journal’s Mike Kelley wrote a fabulously detailed article about the service titled, “With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market.”  He provides an overview of the digital media platform, Axis 360 and a glimpse of their reader, blio. It’s definitely worth a look, particularly for small libraries with limited funds for ebooks.

I had the chance to speak with Michael Bills, Director of Sales for Digital Products at Baker & Taylor about Axis 360 and Blio a few months ago.  Our audio interview is available as part of the NSR interviews series. Have a listen.

Interview with Mike Sweet of Credo Reference

Recently Credo Reference launched a service called literati.  Literati adds a new dimension to Credo Reference and Topic Pages by bringing together technology, content, tools, and services.  To learn more about Literati, listen to the interview with Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Reference.

The NSR interviews page offers nearly 50 audio interviews with publishers, librarians, and others in the information industry.

Mediasurfer offers self-service iPad checkout for libraries, an interview

Last week while roaming the exhibit hall at the ALAMW conference in Dallas, Texas, I discovered Mediasurfer.  Mediasurfer offers self-checkout machines for iPads (and other tablet devices in the near future).  Users swipe a library card to borrow the iPad.  Upon return, the devices are returned to original settings.

If you’d like to know more about Mediasurfer, listen to the interview with Gary Kirk, President of Mediasurfer, and Jim Nelson, COO of Mediasurfer.  They provide many more details on the software, hardware, and services offered.

Interview with the YBP Library Services Digital Team

Yesterday I had a great conversation with the Digital Team from YBP Library Services.  We discussed the services they offer to libraries for print and eBook purchasing, including their new demand-driven model for individual libraries and consortia.  More information on the program is available in the digital services section of the YBP site.

The YBP Digital Team members are:

  • Kris Baker, Director Digital Sales
  • Matt Nauman, Academic Digital Product Manager
  • Barbara Kawecki, Senior Digital Sales Manager, Western US and Canada
  • Steve Sutton, Senior Digital Sales Manager, Eastern US and Canada

For more than 40 interviews with librarians, publishers, and other information professionals, please visit the NSR interviews page.

92% of librarians say offline access to eBooks more or equally important than online access

ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years.   They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access.  The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151.  Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.

According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.” Continue reading

Interview with David Swords, Editor of Patron Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

Earlier this week I had a chance to interview David Swords, VP of Sales and Marketing for EBL.  David is also the Editor of a new DeGruyter/Saur title, Patron Driven Acquistions:  History and Best Practices.  In the interview David discusses the content of the book and inserts specific examples of PDA programs in libraries today. Nearly 40 other interviews are available on the NSR interviews page.

Here is some additional information for Patron Driven Acquistions:  History and Best Practices

  • PDA is now practical largely due to the spread of the eBook
  • PDA allows enormous savings for libraries (p.e. a cost of $ 32,000 allows access to the equivalent of $ 3,700,000 in monographs)
  • The first book-length analysis of PDA: a must for virtually every academic library Continue reading