Google gives New York City libraries $1 million for 10,000 Wi-Fi devices for program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers
Dec. 2nd, 2014 NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio, New York City’s three library systems, and Google today announced a $1 million donation from Google for an innovative library program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers to use at home.
The Library Hotspot program gives families, many lacking broadband access, the opportunity to borrow free Wi-Fi devices from their local libraries. The program was successfully piloted by The New York Public Library over the summer, when families at four branches in the Bronx and Staten Island were able to borrow devices for months at a time. Continue reading
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
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.
Last week I spoke with Rachel Gut, the Outreach Service Manager at the Dayton Metro Library. Rachel and her colleagues launched an eReader lending program for homebound patrons. The program started due to the lack of large print titles. Rachel offers an overview of the program, details on the readers, and suggestions for funding.
Interview with Rachel Gut
Visit the DML website for Lifelong Learners.
Rachel’s interview and over 50 others are available on the No Shelf Required interviews page.
The Handheld Librarian 7 conference will be held virtually next Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th. On day two, a 2-hour workshop on the state of the eReader is available. More information is below:
State of the eReader: This featured workshop will focus on the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of eReaders. The goal is to give librarians and library staff the broad info they need to help patrons access and manage mobile digital content. Discussion will include examples of effective eReader use in a variety of libraries and tips on creating accessible eBook and eReader collections.
Moderator: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries
Read this news on a Teleread post from last week. Libraries who are lending eReaders, what are you doing to accommodate visually impaired patrons? Are you purchasing audiobooks or another type of device that allows text-to-speech functionality? Is that an acceptable solution for the NFB, to have the same content but in a different format?
Here’s more from the press release:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 2, 2012): With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit (case number: 12-2373) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are eligible. Continue reading
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.
The past few weeks there have been several interesting articles and interviews related to libraries and digital lending, the pros/cons of lending eBooks readers, and publisher/library relationships. A few are listed below:
Threats to Digital Lending – American Libraries Magazine
Interview with Michael Porter of Library Renewal – via Teleread
Interview with Paul Biba from Teleread about Amazon, epublishing, and why publishers hate libraries – via Dquarium
Libraries – Arguments for the check-out of eReaders – PCSweeney’s blog
An eBook is not a Book (arguments against the check-out of eReaders)- PLA blog
So you want to start a Kindle lending program? – via code4lib
If Libraries Didn’t Exist, Would Publishers be Trying to Kill Book Lending – via TechDirt