Category Archives: Library News

DPLAfest highlights

The DPLA just emailed out these links, summarizing events held last month.

On October 24-25, we held our first DPLAfest—two days of vibrant discussions  and workshops that brought together hundreds of ibrarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers, technologists, publishers, authors, teachers, students and other participants from across the country. Since then we’ve published a short series of blog posts highlighting some of the key events, workshops, and conversations coming out of the fest. You can find links to these DPLAfest roundup posts below.

eContent Quarterly launches

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No Shelf Required is extremely pleased to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new journal from American Library Association’s TechSource, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The free issue of the journal was released at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago. Issue 1 is now available in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats on ALA TechSource’s web site. Regularly priced at $150, a one-year subscriptionis now $99 with the coupon code SECQ13.

eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating, and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments.  Polanka and Roncevic, whose deep knowledge of the e-content landscape and vast library and editorial experience combine to bring clarity and focus to the journal’s purpose: helping information professionals keep pace with e-book and journal platforms, databases, multi-media products, digital solutions and discovery services.

Written by and for information professionals in the business of producing, selling and buying e-content—including librarians and publishers—each issue will consist of in-depth articles that explore the many facets of electronic content.

Below is the listing of Issue 1’s four main articles, in the order in which they appear in the journal. Below those is the full Editors’ Note from the same issue, in which editors Polanka and Roncevic summarize the overarching theme of the first issue: the importance of partnerships. “Whatever aspect of e-content we may be discussing—building e-book collections in academic libraries; navigating formats; using and creating metadata, or evaluating children’s apps—we are bound to reach similar conclusions about the pressing need to cooperate rather than to quarrel. The reality is: librarians and those that cater to them have a lot more in common than they may realize.”

Issue 1, Fall 2013 Contents:

  • Supplying and Collecting Books: An Uneasy Metamorphosis by Michael Zeoli
    Drawing on his vast experience as a content developer, Zeoli gives an insider’s view on the complex nature of publisher-aggregator-library
    relationships, calling for less isolationism and more partnerships among all parties.
  • E-book Formats: An Overview for Librarians by John Burns
    Dixie State University’s gadget-loving librarian explains the pros and cons of e-book formats as they relate to libraries.
  • The Importance of Metadata for E-content by Renée Register
    The founder of DataCurate.com provides an introductory text on what metadata is; how it is used by publishers, aggregators, and libraries; and the challenges the e-book industry faces as it moves forward with two systems of metadata, ONIX and MARC.
  • Evaluating Children’s Apps by Carisa KIuver and Cen Campbell
    The founders of Digital Storytime and Little eLit, respectively, tell the stories of how they created the two sites to help guide librarians and parents through the complex universe of children’s apps.

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Douglas County Libraries debuts new blog for authors – The Wire: A Writer’s Resource

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announces the debut of “The Wire: A Writer’s Resource,” a blog for new and aspiring authors. The new initiative provides information to people hoping to write, publish and find markets for their books, and is a step toward the library’s goal of making locally-produced content available to its audience.

DCL has garnered recent media attention for its efforts to increase the number of e-books available to library patrons, despite roadblocks to library acquisition of e-books from large commercial publishers. A byproduct is the creation of a library-run publishing channel. In a recent “Colorado Matters” interview with Colorado Public Radio’s Elaine Grant, DCL director Jamie LaRue said, “Once we built a publishing platform to reach out to smaller, independent presses, we could also accommodate self-published authors.” Continue reading

School library eBook market must reads

School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools.  The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.”  This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries.  Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks.   The second article is “E. It’s Complicated.  How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.”  SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.  The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more.  Both are worth a read.

Big Six eBooks in libraries, a comparison chart

I came across this wonderful PDF from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) showing the availability of Big Six (soon to be Big Five) ebook titles to libraries.  Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are included.  It highlights the amount of content available for purchase, license/use terms, and the vendor platforms where content is available.  Robert C. Maier is maintaining the document and his last update was May 15, 2013, so the information is pretty up-to-date.  Robert based his chart on one started at Library Journal earlier this year. He welcomes comments via email at robert_maier[at]comcast.net

Thanks, Robert, for maintaining this information.

ALA launches “Authors for Library E-books” campaign

CHICAGO —Today, Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the launch of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Bestselling authors Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult are helping kick off the campaign.

The campaign represents an extension of the ALA’s advocacy strategy to ensure all people have access to the world’s knowledge and literature through our nation’s libraries—regardless of format. Over the past 18 months, ALA leaders have met with major publishers, distributors, authors and representative associations to seek sustainable solutions for library e-book lending.  Continue reading

OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks, following DCL Model

I received this press release today from Douglas County Libraries about OdiloTID. Interesting to see an international company step up to take on this important role for libraries. Bibliotheca had announced support for this type of service last summer, but I haven’t heard anything from them since.  Here is more from the DCL press release:

OdiloTID to empower libraries to manage their Digital Collections following the “DCL Model” and the ReadersFirst Principles.

OdiloTID, the leading eBook system provider for libraries in Spain and Latin America, is partnering with the library and publisher community to facilitate the adoption of the concepts of the“DCL Model” developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO. We enable libraries to directly negotiate with publishers and reduce their cost of acquisition of digital content by a third. We provide integration with all major Integrated Library Management Systems through the use of Robust APIs to create a user friendly interface for patrons. Continue reading

ALA’s 3rd supplement on ebooks and digital content now available

The third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.

Read it online here or pick up a copy at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.

  • James LaRue, director of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries system, discusses how libraries can—and should—become local community publishers
  • Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, provides an overall assessment of the library ebook situation
  • ALA President, Maureen Sullivan, ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy look at how libraries can collaborate, manage, and lead through this period of possibilities.

You can read this supplement in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading. Click here to get started.

Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition

This is a great idea.  I hope many of you will read the book and promote it to your patrons.  I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program. Follow the program on twitter – #BigLibraryRead.

Cleveland, May 16, 2013 – Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected title, The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone, is available in OverDrive Read, Kindle (U.S. only) and EPUB formats and can be read on virtually any device.

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New ALA report on ebook platforms for libraries is out

Months in the making, ALA’ Library Technology Report (Volume 49, Issue 3) on ebook platforms for libraries is finally out.

Note from author Mirela Roncevic: “Librarians, I hope you find the comparative tables useful and the vast landscape of ebooks a bit less daunting after having read this report. Library vendors, I hope you benefit from the insight into how your products compare to others and how you can continue to improve their functionalities and business models.

Thank you to all the publishers, aggregators, and distributors who participated in the survey and supplied requested information. A heartfelt thank you to the team at ALA TechSource for supporting the project. Looking forward to future collaborations.” Continue reading