No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries. Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name. These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below. For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.
The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing. This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8) issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon). Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading
Today I attended the MLA webinar on e-books, 2011 Medical eBook Publishing Trends, sponsored by Ovid. My notes are below.
Moderator, Mark Funk, Weill Cornell Medical Library
- Deb Blecic, University of Illinois, Chicago
- Liz Lorbeer, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
- Jennie Stewart, Wiley-Blackwell
- Dan Doody, Doody Enterprises
The current environment – Mark set the stage with some statistics on the popularity of eBooks. He discussed the digitization Waves in libraires, citing ebooks as the 4th wave. abs/ins, ref tools, ejournals were the first 3 waves.
Why are ebooks more difficult? Mark believes it’s in the final deliverable product. The final product is much more complex to produce than a journal article. It has more editing, illustrations, authors are paid, and individual sales to students are important to publishers for revenue. All of these factors lead to a higher cost for the ebook than a journal article. Continue reading
The RUSA/Codes Reference Publishing Advisory Committee sponsored a program at the Annual Conference in New Orleans, “eReference Publishing: Current Issues and Trends in Preservation.” Joseph, Yue, Chair of the committee, moderated the panel discussion. Speakers included:
- Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library
- Heather Ruland Staines, Sr. Manager eOperations at Springer Science + Business Media
- Marie McCaffrey, Executive Director, HistoryLink.org
- Ken DiFiore, Associate Director, Outreach & Participation Services,Portico
As you prepare your ALA Annual schedule, please consider the following two programs sponsored by the RUSA Reference Publishing Advisory Committee and the Reference Books Bulletin Advisory Board.
RUSA Reference Publishing Advisory Committee Program:
Reference Publishing: Preservation Trends & Issues – June 25 Sat 1:30-3:30
As electronic reference products transform to electronic formats, often with continuously updated content instead of one time publications, new challenges for archiving and preservation arise. Building on recent developments for archiving electronic books and journal content, this program will highlight the issues and challenges of preserving free and licensed e-reference content as well as foster discussion on possible solutions. Continue reading
ALA TechSource has just opened registration for the upcoming webinar series on e-books and e-readers. I hope you can join us.
Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
with Sue Polanka
Two 90-minute sessions
Thursdays 8/4/11 and 8/11/11
2:30 – 4:00 PM EDT | 1:30 – 3:00 PM CDT
12:30 – 2:00 PM MDT | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
With the exploding popularity of e-books and e-reading devices, librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate them into their services and collections. Sue Polanka is back by popular demand to present this two-session ALA TechSource workshop on how to go about it. With her practical guidance you will learn how to begin purchasing and lending e-books for your library, and how to purchase e-reading devices for patron use. Continue reading
Brewster Kahle posted on the Internet Archive blog this week about plans to preserve print books. Kahle states, “books are being thrown away, or sometimes packed away, as digitized versions become more available. This is an important time to plan carefully for there is much at stake.” As a result, they are building a facility to preserve print copies of every book, record, or movie they are able to acquire. Much more information is in the blog post, including photos of the new facility.