Category Archives: Public Libraries

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

Britannica unveils new reference and research site for libraries – all ages, all devices


I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin.  It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate.  The landing page features three search boxes, each specialized for a different age group (curious if we can choose one as a default depending on our library level). Content is also divided into three reading levels to correspond.  Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in.  The press release below has more information.  Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.

CHICAGO, March 11, 2014—Britannica Digital Learning today announced Britannica Library, the next generation of its comprehensive reference and research service for library users of all ages.The newly designed site is Britannica’s richest library product to date and includes new and continuously revised articles from encyclopedias, journals and periodicals, related multimedia, primary sources, links to useful Web sites and ebooks. Continue reading

Baker & Taylor announce new evidence-based selection planning

This new service looks really exciting. A very practical way to use circulation data to determine the selection of forthcoming titles for specific library locations.  I think we will see much more evidence-based selection in the future. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today a new service backed by collectionHQ’s data: ESP – Evidence-based Selection PlanningContinue reading

Douglas County Libraries adds Rowman & Littlefield titles to the DCL platform

February 27, 2014 – (Lanham, MD) – Rowman & Littlefield is proud to announce its new partnership with Douglas County Libraries to provide e-books directly to the DCL e-book platform.

This partnership is part of DCL’s move to partner directly with publishers to provide electronic content for patrons. The newly signed agreement stipulates that e-books will be provided at a flat discount directly to the library system’s platform. This includes the trade, general interest, and reference titles most of interest to today’s readers. Continue reading

Tennessee Public Library launches publishing program with IngramSpark platform

Press release received 1/23/14

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, Tennessee has launched an innovative publishing program using IngramSpark®, Ingram’s comprehensive print and digital independent publisher platform.

“The creation of our first book and the development of our publishing program has been a labor of love and illustrates how libraries of today can move forward in new and exciting ways to serve their patrons,” said Dolores Greenwald, Library Director, Williamson County Public Library. “Through the tools available from Ingram, more public libraries can easily assist writers to independently publish their works to benefit the writer, readers and the communities they live in – IngramSpark is such a great program.” Continue reading

Public libraries in Colorado to use the Odilo eBook platform for purchasing, management, and lending

Below is a press release about a partnership between OdiloTID, USA and the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado).  If you have heard about the Douglas County Model regarding ebooks, this partnership sets some of the groundwork for other libraries to expand upon the same model.  For some background information on the players and the grant mentioned, see these posts:

OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks

Douglas  County and CLiC receive LSTA grant to expand eVoke...

Trailblazers:  Moving the Library Upstream in the Digital Distribution Process

 

OdiloConsortia™ to Power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project

OdiloTID, USA is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado) funded by a recent LSTA/IMLS grant.

Beginning in October, pilot libraries throughout the state of Colorado will offer eBooks to their communities via different channels for eBook lending. The model apart from big publishers will incorporate library-created content, as well as content from midlist publishers, emerging small, independent and self-publishers. It also integrates eBook titles from large distributors, such as OverDrive and 3M. Continue reading

ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-book Vendors, a new publication from the ReadersFirst Coalition

Take a look at this new publication from the ReadersFirst Coalition.  If you aren’t familiar with ReadersFirst, here is a bit more about them:

Libraries have a responsibility to fight for the public and ensure that users have the same open, easy and free access to e-books that they have come to rely on with physical books. They face two major challenges. The first is that, unlike print books, publishers are not required to sell e-books to libraries — and many do not. This is a complex and evolving issue. The second, addressed here, is that the products currently offered by e-content distributors, the middlemen from whom libraries buy e-books, create a fragmented, disjointed and cumbersome user experience.  more on the website.

 

January 14, 2014 – NEW YORK– The ReadersFirst coalition, representing more than 292 library systems and nearly 200 million library users, unveiled today a new guide to help library systems

make informed decisions as e-book providers to the public and to advocate for libraries having a greater role in shaping e-lending in our public institutions. The ReadersFirst Guide to Library EBook

ReadersFirst Guide to Library EBook Vendors ranks seven Library e-book vendors and outlines  best practices for the distribution of eBooks. Continue reading

Gale launches Career Online High School to public libraries for accredited high school diplomas

Gale Partners with Career Online High School to Deliver Accredited High School Diploma Program through Public Libraries Nationwide

Farmington Hills, Mich., January 9, 2014 —Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of educational content, tools and services to libraries, schools and businesses, announced today the launch of Career Online High School to its public library partners. Now available to public libraries nationwide, this groundbreaking program allows libraries to demonstrate their critical impact on the quality of life and economic growth of their communities by enabling library patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary education or the workforce. Los Angeles Public Library, one of the largest public library systems in the United States, is the first institution to deliver Career Online High School to its community. Continue reading

Ohio public libraries receive grant funding to create network of coordinated digitization hubs

The Cleveland Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and Toledo-Lucas County Public Library were recently awarded a combined total of $508,457 in federal LSTA funds from the State Library of Ohio, matched with $251,964 from OPLIN (Ohio Public Information Network) to create a network of coordinated Digitization Hubs.  The Digitization Hubs will be regional digitization centers with specialized state-of-the-art technology to digitize and archive, for online access and hardcopy reproduction, rare and culturally significant materials located in their libraries.  Once established, the hubs will also serve other libraries, museums, archives, and local communities.  Full news release below. Continue reading