A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks. Panelists included:
- Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
- Stuart Smith - Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
- Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
- Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
- Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.
I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch, They both agreed to share their slides which are available here:
Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks. For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take. But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words: create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading
The statewide e-book project, also known as eVoke Colorado, continues to reach significant milestones. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs.
By project end, eVoke Colorado endeavors to create an alpha-stage, end-to-end cloud e-content infrastructure that can provide digital content purchasing and lending capabilities to all Colorado libraries. Earlier this year, the project achieved milestones allowing library users to search and access e-content alongside physical content, see real-time availability, and download titles from within library catalogs. Continue reading
Interesting grant-funded project awarded to OCLC and partners. I like that it is research-validated from the iSchool at the University of Washington.
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 14, 2014—The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a National Leadership Grant to OCLC to help guide public libraries in offering programs for young children that will build critical literacy skills. Continue reading
Join a panel of librarians, publishers, and thought leaders in a dynamic exchange of ideas for advancing ebook services in libraries.
LEADING WITH EBOOKS: NEW STRATEGIES FOR LIBRARIANS AND PUBLISHERS
Sunday, June 29th, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N252, 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Total BooX, an ebook service based on the premise that public libraries need not settle for less than instant, simultaneous access to ebooks or pay for the content not read by their patrons, this panel seeks to challenge existing patterns in ebook management and engage industry leaders to identify the trends moving publishing and librarianship into new territories.
Topics explored include: thinking like digital natives (even if we are not); tracking reading (after the checkout); rethinking marketing (as everyone’s task); valuing content (while embracing technology); and acting now (and walking the talk).
The panel is moderated by Mirela Roncevic, co-editor of ALA’s journal eContent Quarterly and contributing writer to No Shelf Required.
Here is information about a session to be held at the ALA conference this Saturday:
E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap? – IRRT Paper Session, Saturday, June 28th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Location: Las Vegas Convention Center -
S233 Description: With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, E-books and e-readers hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor. At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access. This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways. Continue reading
BiblioBoard will host the innovative new textbook being created jointly by Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Library. This project, funded by Jisc, seeks to address the question: can a university working as an e-textbook creator and publisher better serve students and promote a more sustainable information environment in higher education? Continue reading
Another day, another partnership in Libraryland. This one will result in the addition of Wiley’s well-known Dummies® series to Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). It also serves to remind us that “reference” continues to blend with “nonfiction” in digital environments. Those days when the word “reference” was synonymous with A-Z, encyclopedias, and dictionaries are behind us. It is safe to predict that the trend of blending “other formats” with traditional reference will continue not just for Gale but for other vendors as well and that GVRL will include many different types of books in the near future.
Press release below. Continue reading
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Allegany County (MD), Brazoria County (TX), and The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CT) Join Westchester Library System (NY) To Offer Total BooX Service
May 28, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv)—Total BooX is pleased to announce the expansion of its service in U.S. libraries, which officially launched in late 2013 with Westchester Library System in New York. Three more libraries will now provide the revolutionary ebook service to their patrons, including Allegany County Library System (ACLS), MD, Brazoria County Library System (BCLS), TX, and The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT.
“Ours is the only platform that allows libraries to pay for the value received, while giving patrons instant and perpetual access. This is a major shift,” said Total BooX Founder Yoav Lorch when the service debuted at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014. Since then, the Israeli company has expanded its operations in the United States to include representatives on the East and West coasts. Continue reading
Knowledge Unlatched released a pilot progress report summary today. It is available for download. Some highlights of the report are listed below.
1. The model is cost-effective and financially viable:
“The Pilot established that authors, librarians, publishers and research funders are all willing to engage with the basic KU model. It also demonstrated that the model is cost-effective for scholarly communities and financially viable for publishers. 297 libraries from 24 countries signed up for the Pilot Collection, exceeding the original target by almost 50%. This reduced the cost for every library Continue reading
BOSTON — The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) have partnered with DPLA by contributing more than 390,000 items, including antique maps, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, newspapers, and research publications. All will become accessible to DPLA’s global audience of students, teachers, scholars, developers, and the public. Continue reading