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
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and partner the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) were awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $209,460 for their project proposal, “eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project” in October 2013.
The project team, consisting of staff from DCL and CLiC, felt that the ever-increasing use of e-books and e-readers demands that libraries become strong players in digital content delivery to remain vital and relevant to the communities they serve. Continue reading
Libraries are used to receiving a lot of love from vendors and publishers during National Library Week, which this year kicks off on April 13th. Many vendors have already made announcements about opening up their content, including ProQuest and Oxford University Press. Total Boox is joining them today with its own initiative.
This is a first, folks: In honor of National Library Week, the ebook vendor will open up its entire collection of ebooks (20,000 and counting) on April 13th and make it accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Although one does not have to be a library patron to take advantage of the free reading, Total Boox is encouraging public librarians in particular to use this opportunity to educate their patrons about ebooks, especially in the communities where libraries cannot afford ebook lending services.
The Free Reading Week site is set up and becomes active April 13th. Users need to sign up for the service on this page using their email and password. They will then be prompted to download the Total Boox free Reader app for one of the three tablets supported: Android, iOS, or Kindle Fire. Books may then be downloaded by visiting www.totalboox.com.
Full press release below.
DPLA Announces $594,000 in New Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Research and Pursue Sustainability Model
BOSTON — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today $594,000 in new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research potential sustainability models and to pursue the most promising option (or options). This two-year grant will allow DPLA to expand its staff to target opportunities for further development and revenue, without compromising its mission of open access to the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums. Continue reading
February 27, 2014 – (Lanham, MD) – Rowman & Littlefield is proud to announce its new partnership with Douglas County Libraries to provide e-books directly to the DCL e-book platform.
This partnership is part of DCL’s move to partner directly with publishers to provide electronic content for patrons. The newly signed agreement stipulates that e-books will be provided at a flat discount directly to the library system’s platform. This includes the trade, general interest, and reference titles most of interest to today’s readers. Continue reading
I received an email from Christina Emery, the Project Coordinator of Knowledge Unlatched, today with very exciting news. She was very pleased to announce that KU has reached (and exceeded) the target of 200 libraries sharing the unlatching costs for the Pilot. They continue to invite more libraries to participate so that the cost per library is reduced.
You can review the list of participating institutions here: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/signup-list/ They currently have sign ups from 19 countries in 4 continents. KU is continuing to encourage the global library community to support the KU Open Access initiative by signing up so that they can gain Charter Member status as well as reduce the cost for each library even further. Libraries only have one week left to join the KU Pilot Collection; the deadline is 28 February 2014: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/register/ Continue reading
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
Press release received 1/23/14
NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, Tennessee has launched an innovative publishing program using IngramSpark®, Ingram’s comprehensive print and digital independent publisher platform.
“The creation of our first book and the development of our publishing program has been a labor of love and illustrates how libraries of today can move forward in new and exciting ways to serve their patrons,” said Dolores Greenwald, Library Director, Williamson County Public Library. “Through the tools available from Ingram, more public libraries can easily assist writers to independently publish their works to benefit the writer, readers and the communities they live in – IngramSpark is such a great program.” Continue reading
Below is a press release about a partnership between OdiloTID, USA and the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado). If you have heard about the Douglas County Model regarding ebooks, this partnership sets some of the groundwork for other libraries to expand upon the same model. For some background information on the players and the grant mentioned, see these posts:
OdiloConsortia™ to Power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project
OdiloTID, USA is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado) funded by a recent LSTA/IMLS grant.
Beginning in October, pilot libraries throughout the state of Colorado will offer eBooks to their communities via different channels for eBook lending. The model apart from big publishers will incorporate library-created content, as well as content from midlist publishers, emerging small, independent and self-publishers. It also integrates eBook titles from large distributors, such as OverDrive and 3M. Continue reading
Take a look at this new publication from the ReadersFirst Coalition. If you aren’t familiar with ReadersFirst, here is a bit more about them:
Libraries have a responsibility to fight for the public and ensure that users have the same open, easy and free access to e-books that they have come to rely on with physical books. They face two major challenges. The first is that, unlike print books, publishers are not required to sell e-books to libraries — and many do not. This is a complex and evolving issue. The second, addressed here, is that the products currently offered by e-content distributors, the middlemen from whom libraries buy e-books, create a fragmented, disjointed and cumbersome user experience. more on the website.
January 14, 2014 – NEW YORK– The ReadersFirst coalition, representing more than 292 library systems and nearly 200 million library users, unveiled today a new guide to help library systems
make informed decisions as e-book providers to the public and to advocate for libraries having a greater role in shaping e-lending in our public institutions. The ReadersFirst Guide to Library EBook