Category Archives: Licenses/Licensing Issues

ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks

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.
  • Elizabeth Joseph – recently appointed Coordinator of Information and adult services at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 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

Douglas County Libraries and CLic move forward with statewide ebook pilot project

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

Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading

Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox, Ltd. sent me this story he wrote about snatching ebooks.  I think it’s a clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in many of our libraries.  He gave me permission to post it here.

Book Snatching

Or

Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading

by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO, Total Boox Ltd.

Its 5:20 PM. My wife should be home in about half an hour. I promised I’d do the dishes and have the place looking decent when she returns. I have 47 pages to go with my book, and I’m dying to complete it. Yes, I can complete it before it expires and evaporates from my device at 5:46, but then, the dishes. The sink looks like a railroad crash on a rainy day. Continue reading

Italy’s MediaLibraryOnline experimenting with ILL for ebooks

I received an email message from Silvia Franchini in Italy about a new ebook ILL experiment with MediaLibraryOnline (MLOL) http://www.medialibrary.it/, the first Italian network of digital public libraries.  MLOL operates in libraries in 12 Italian regions, in Switzerland, Slovenia and in the IIC of Tokyo and Osaka.  The program is in a six-month beta period to loan ebooks for 14 days across the MLOL network of libraries.  The news of the ILL program is in Italian.  Below I’ve offered a few summary items based on a google translation.

What is MediaLibraryOnLine?

MediaLibraryOnLine (http://www.medialibrary.it/) is the first Italian network of digital public libraries. It’s a web portal that provides (free!) access to music, films, e-books, daily newspapers, audiobooks and much more besides. For more detailed information on MediaLibraryOnLine, check out the page “About MLOL” in the “Info” menu on the portal, for a detailed presentation brochure. Continue reading

Negotiating with vendors, 91% of librarians do not have a documented process

Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.”  In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations.

Highlights of the survey:

  • 239 respondents to the survey, 95% of whom identified as academic librarians.
  • 67% work with 25-50+ vendors
  • 85% of respondents are part of a decision making committee, recommendation team or have some influence on the decision and are NOT the sole decision maker at their organization
  • 91% do NOT have a document negotiation process for the acquisition of products and services Continue reading

Department of Commerce needs input on digital first sale by November 13

Several blogs and news sources are reporting on a public meeting regarding the first sale doctrine as it relates to digital files.  Teleread’s Juli Monroe posted last Thursday.  In her post she said, “There’s going to be a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks.

A notice was published in the Federal Register

Matt Enis at the The Digital Shift also reported on this topic.  He said, “The Department of Commerce encourages librarians and other interested parties to file comments electronically by email to: CopyrightComments2013@uspto.gov before the November 13 deadline.”

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.

SIPX partners with Elsevier, adding more content for MOOCs, libraries, and users

Academic librarians and publishers, take a look at SIPX.  They are a copyright management  and digital content delivery solution for content owners, libraries, publishers, MOOCs, end users, and others who need to provide or gain access to content in our digital world.    Their June newsletter gives some highlights of who they are, including links to recent presentations they’ve done.  Additionally, I interviewed Franny Lee, SIPX Co-Founder, last month for NSR.  Below is information from their recent newsletter highlighting a partnership with Elsevier. 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.