Category Archives: Library News

JISC Survey Report – Managing and Promoting e-Content a Major Concern

JISC released a survey last week reporting the major concerns of library management (UK libraries).

Key findings included:

e-Resources/electronic content was cited most frequently as a key challenge facinglibraries and LRCs with issues including management, sharing, provision, access toand financial constraints. Others challenges included wider funding and financialissues (particularly within HE), and keeping up-to-date with new technologies andincorporating them into library/LRC services. Pressure on space was also mentionedcommonly by HE respondents. Press Release Full Report

SCONUL 2008 Top Library Concerns Survey

SCONUL, the Society of College, National and University Libraries released the results of it’s 2008 Top Concerns Survey.   This organization represents the libraries in the UK and Ireland.

E-resources and the E-environment were some of the top concerns.  Here is a snippet from the survey:

For the next twelve months, the three concerns with the highest ratings were:

• Space and buildings (94%) • Funding and financial management (84%) • E-environment (84%)

An additional question in the 2008 survey attempted to get more detail on aspects of the e-environment. The two areas with the highest ratings were:

• Access Management (87%) • Provision of E-Resources (86%)

SCONUL 2008 Top Concerns Survey

First McGill, now Michigan. Libraries in the Print-on-Demand Biz

I was envious with McGill’s news, and now Michigan!  Talk about rubbing salt on my wounds….

Seriously, this is fantastic news for UM Libraries.  Their new “Espresso Book Machine,” – and it ain’t coffee folks – will print-on-demand titles from the UM digital collection.  Public domain titles from the 2 million item collection will be the first shot for Espresso.  Books will cost around $10.00, but must be picked up in person, as UM doesn’t plan on getting in the shipping business.

LJ News has a nice story. For more information on the Espresso, check out On Demand Books.

McGill University to digitize materials and print on demand

What a fabulous innovation from McGill University.  They purchased a Kirtas APT BookScan 2400RA  and will be digitizing rare materials from their collection to sell via print-on-demand.  It’s fabulous to see a library embarking on a project like this, one that will bring income!  Wow, the envy I have…..

For the full story see the press release.

The Evolution of the Reference EBook

At ALA Annual in Anaheim ABC-CLIO hosted focus groups for academic reference librarians to discuss the changing face of electronic reference books and hear what they had to say about what they hoped to see for the future of these products.

Here are the items we discussed and the general feedback we received. We encourage all readers of the No Shelf Required blog to post comments or questions – we want to hear what you have to say too!

Is print reference still viable?
It was generally agreed that print reference is still viable. Whether or not the librarian would purchase the print version depended upon the subject of the title and if their budget prohibited purchasing the electronic version. However, nearly half of the 20 attendees said they are no longer buying print reference at all.

What comes first, the book or the eBook?
As stated above, most answered that they would purchase the eBook and not the print, so the question for them was moot. Others stated that they would be inclined to purchase an eBook version of a title prior to the release of a completed print version if subsquent updates were provided and the final print version would be available within 12 – 24 months.  The original release of the eBook version would have less content than the print, but both versions would be identical by the time of print publication.

Important Features

  • Unlimited simultaneous usage & remote access
  • Export to citation programs
  • NO plug-ins
  • Open to Google and federated searching – access to all eBook platforms through one search engine

Ordering

  • Make ordering easier by offering eBooks via the usual print distributors

Purchase vs. Subscribe
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New report – ebook use by libraries

For purchase – new report on ebook use  by libraries.

Data in the report is based on a survey of 75 academic, public and special libraries. Data is broken out by library budget size, for US and non-US libraries and for academic and non-academic libraries. The report presents more than 300 tables of data on e-book use by libraries, as well as analysis and commentary. Librarians detail their plans on how they plan to develop their e-book collections, what they think of e-book readers and software, and which e-book aggregators and publishers appeal to them most and why

Other issues covered include: library production of e-books and collection digitization, e- book collection information literacy efforts, use of e-books in course reserves and inter- library loan, e-book pricing and inflation issues, acquisition sources and strategies for e- books and other issues of concern to libraries and book publishers.

For more information please click on:
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/product/e50cee/library_use_of_ebooks_200809

ABC-CLIO Invitation.

Posted on behalf of Devon Bell.

ABC-Clio. History Defined Discussing the Evolution of the Reference eBook

ABC-CLIO would like your voice to be heard!

Join ABC-CLIO on Sunday, June 29, 2008, at ALA Annual in Anaheim, CA. We’ll be hosting a focus group for academic librarians. These discussions will offer you an opportunity to express your needs and opinions on the future of eBooks.

Topics include:

  • Updating books and new editions
  • Designing your perfect system for reference eBook acquisition and access
  • Simplifying purchasing, processing, and administration
  • Purchasing vs. subscription

Library reference is changing: the nature of the products, media, and packaging; business models, policies and budgets; and even the way titles are found and ordered. Publishers and distributors are making changes to their models and systems every day. Now is the perfect time to voice what you want in reference eBooks. All attendees will receive $100 Clio Dollars to use toward the purchase of any ABC-CLIO print or eBook title. All attendees will also be entered to win an iPod Shuffle. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by June 15 to Elizabeth Marotta at emarotta@abc-clio.com, or call 800-368-6868 ext. 346.

Attendance is limited, so register today.
Sunday, June 29, from 11am-12pm
Refreshments will be served.

The focus group will be held in the Lido A room at the Hilton Anaheim. The hotel is located at 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 98202, adjacent to the Convention Center.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you at ALA Annual.

Kindest regards,
The team at ABC-CLIO
130 Cremona Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
1.800.368.6868

Booth #1200 while at ALA.

eBooks and ILL, is there a solution?

I’ve been hearing lots of conversation about eBooks and the inability to use them for ILL requests.  With a shift in purchasing to electronic, how will this affect the ILL service? Should we be getting ILL rights with purchase?  How would that work in the world of authentication and proxy servers?  Are librarians thinking about ILL needs when purchasing electronic titles over print? What are your thoughts?

Sue