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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

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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EBL & ebrary integration: a status update interview with Kathy Masnik

Last January, ProQuest announced plans to acquire EBL and merge the service with ebrary.  Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms.  In May of 2013, the process was complete.  Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with the integration of the platforms.  Kathy Masnik, Vice President of product management for ebooks at ProQuest, is leading the charge for integration.  It’s a monumental task, but Kathy took a break from her Gantt chart to tell me about the process in an interview.  We discussed how Kathy and her team are approaching the integration, how librarians, publishers, and end users and involved, and some of the short term changes happening with the EBL interface.

Listen to Kathy’s interview here.

50+ other interviews with librarians, publishers, and information industry professionals are also available on the NSR interviews page.

 

The evolution of the book at the Lima Book Fair

I am in Lima, Peru this week attending and presenting at the Lima Book Fair  (feria internacional del libro de lima).  The fair runs for two weeks, July 19th through August 4th.  About 120 vendors exhibit at the fair and over 600,000 Peruvians are expected to visit.  Lines to enter the book fair circled the block the first weekend. The Peruvians are very attached to books (print especially), which is evident from the large number of bound materials on exhibit at the book fair.  Bookstores abound as well.

The U.S. Embassy in Lima invited me here to speak about eBooks. Continue reading

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

SciELO open access ebooks, an interview with Nicholas Cop

Open Access ebook collections are on the rise. One of the newer collections is SciELO (pronounced like the initials C-L-O).  The SciELO ebooks operation began in March of 2012 and officially announced itself to the international community last month.  I interviewed Nicholas Cop, President of Nicholas Cop Consulting and principle consultant of the SciELO program this week.  The interview is in English.  Those needing more information about SciELO in Spanish or Portuguese are asked to visit the website at http://books.scielo.org.

Here is more information about SciELO:

What is SciELO?

SciELO is a Program of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) that is implemented through the Federal University of São Paulo Foundation (FapUNIFESP). SciELO began in 1998 as an OA academic e-journal operation. Today it is known and respected globally for indexing and publishing peer-reviewed Open Access academic e-journals that promote the advancement of research by facilitating the communication of its results. SciELO’s goals have always been to increase the visibility, access and impact of research from emerging and developing countries. SciELO publishes over 1000 journal titles mainly from Latin America and Caribbean but also including Portugal, Spain and South Africa. Each day an average of over 1M articles are downloaded from the SciELO site. Continue reading

eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th.  While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services.  Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.

I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports.  First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models:  A Scorecard for Public Libraries.   Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition).  The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading

NSR Interviews: 2012 in Review

NSR 2012 Interviews

With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlight  innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models.  I hope you will take some time to listen.  Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted.  Please contact Sue Polanka for more information.  You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.

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eContent Quarterly: Call for Contributions

Last week ALA Editions announced the 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue will consist of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders.

“Libraries, publishers, and information providers are constantly experimenting with business models, delivery methods, and usability of digital content.  eContent Quarterly aims to capture these stories, along with their successes and failures, in order to share best practices in the industry, ” said Polanka.

“We will strive to provide timely coverage that helps everyone in the information chain make informed decisions, with less emphasis on descriptions of products and more focus on unique features and comparisons,” added Roncevic. Continue reading

ALA Editions announces eContent Quarterly, a new online journal co-edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic

November 21, 2012 – CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces eContent Quarterly, a new online journal. Launching in Fall 2013, eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments.

The journal is edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela 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, as well as supplements ranging from product reviews to interviews with key players. Look for subscription information for eContent Quarterly in 2013. Continue reading