Interesting debate on the NYT Room For Debate blog about the need for books in school libraries. This adds more fuel to the discussion on e-book economics, which has been in the news recently as well.
Interesting article in USA today about the Cushing Academy, a New England Boarding School, that has bypassed the print library for a digital one, using the Kindle. Here’s a couple of quotes from the Headmaster, Jim Tracy.
“It was really to save libraries five, 10, 15 years down the road,” he says. “What the students are telling us is: ‘We’re not using the print books. You can keep giving them to us, but they’re just going to collect dust.’ So we’re saying, ‘Let’s be honest: Let’s give them the best electronic information available.’ ”
Actually, he says, he has hired more librarians to help students navigate the electronic stacks and tell “what is valuable information or reliable from what is junk.”
There are tons of comments on the article, which are always just as fun to read.
Tish Wilson from ebrary just emailed me this press release:
CIBER Opens Global Library Survey in Conjunction with Charleston Conference, ebrary, and YBP
September 28, 2009 – London, UK – The CIBER research group at University College London (UCL) today invited all libraries to participate in an international survey examining challenges, trends, and best practices in tough economic times. Based on input from nearly 200 librarians worldwide, the questionnaire is now available and will remain open through October 18. Results of the survey, which is co-sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services and ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, USA. Continue reading
From the Gale/Cengage RE:sources blog, May 2009
Widgets pack a wallop
Results from K-12 school, academic and public libraries confirm that usage soars when you add the ability to search all or part of your Gale Virtual Reference Library collection with a widget. Comparing the number of user sessions before and after the addition of a widget on the pages of a high school in Minnesota, a college in Texas and a public library in Ohio, Mark Springer, a data analyst from Gale, documented gains of 178%, 167% and 140% respectively. Read more results like these in the RE:sources blog next week.
I recently attended the School Library Journal (SLJ) Summit and had the pleasure of working with Roger Rosen, of Rosen Publishing, on a panel about the future of digital reference. Roger spoke about Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness product. I finally had a chance to look it over. WOW, this is what I call a reference experience!
- Thousands of resources for teens on topics relevant to them, and written for them – like sexuality, dating, stress, alcohol/drugs, eating disorders, and even acne
- In The News – a snippet of data from a published news story, with links to additional information in the database.
- Cast Your Vote – Polls on relevant topics, to see how other teens feel/act. After viewing the poll results, links to articles on a relevant topic are included
- HOTLINES (Get Help Now)- easy to find access to a variety of national hotlines (Suicide, AIDS, Alcohol/Drugs, Eating Disorders, etc)
- Ask Dr. Jan – a place to ask a question and get an answer from a licensed Psychologist
- Personal Story – a teen story written about a particular situation, like cyberbullying. Users may then SHARE THEIR OWN STORY by submitting it to Rosen. Don’t worry, lots of confidentiality controls are in place.
- Did You Know? – factoids on various health/wellness topics, with links to related articles
- RSS Feeds of new content from “In The News,” “Dr. Jan’s Corner,” and “Did You Know?”
- Each entry is signed, and includes the name of the MD or other medical professional who reviewed the article.
- Email, print, and cite this source options
- Links for resources, glossary, and further reading
- Date last updated for each article
Besides the amazing amount of information in the Teen Health & Wellness database, teens have the opportunity to ask questions, write/share their own feelings, and find out how other teens are dealing with situations. The RSS feeds, polls, and Q/A make this interactive. The attention to detail in citing, writing, reviewing, and updating make the information very authoritative. This should be in every household, not just school. Congrats Rosen!
Gee, reading all of this makes me want to be a teenager again…..NOT!
But, it does make me wonder why these great features aren’t in other databases. The product seems to build a community. Can our generic reference ebook collections possibly do that? I don’t see why not.�
Those of you interested in learning more about Follett and Overdrive should take a look at the recent Off The Shelf column in Booklist Online - E-book Distributors for the Public and School Library Markets. The article provides an overview of the content, features, and business models of both of these distributors.
NetLibrary, due to it’s recent transformation, has a feature article in the Nov. 1, 2008 Booklist issue (and Booklist Online)
Academic aggregators - ebrary, EBL, and Myilibrary – were featured back in May, 2008.
All articles are linked from No Shelf Required, just check out the articles link.
Attention public, school, and community college libraries.
Infobase, publisher for Chelsea House, Facts on File, Ferguson, and Bloom’s Literary Criticism will release it’s own eBook platform this Fall. However, titles will still be available from previously established interfaces.
Current titles and backlist titles will be available at launch (1800+) and forthcoming titles will also come in e version.
Looks like the business model is similar to GVRL – unlimited simultaneous access and an archival PDF copy of each title purchased. Which, leads me to believe this will NOT be a subscription product. No word yet on pricing.
I’m hoping to get a sneak peek at the interface in the next couple of weeks, so details on the interface bells and whistles to follow.
OCLC and Recorded Books have signed an agreement under which Recorded Books eAudiobooks will continue to be available to libraries through NetLibrary.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Bob Murphy +1-614-761-5136
Recorded Books will introduce new eAudiobook collections
to libraries through OCLC’s eContent platform
DUBLIN, Ohio, September 12, 2008—OCLC and Recorded Books have signed an agreement under which Recorded Books eAudiobooks will continue to be available to libraries through NetLibrary, OCLC’s platform for eContent.
Under the agreement, OCLC and Recorded Books will market Recorded Books eAudiobooks in North America and other regions around the world. OCLC and Recorded Books will continue to offer eAudiobook subscriptions and will work together to deliver new products and packages to meet the needs of individual libraries and library groups.
OCLC and Recorded Books settled a contract dispute in November 2007 and agreed at that time that OCLC would market Recorded Books eAudiobooks through August 2008 and service contracts through August 2009. The new agreement extends and expands the partnership.
“This new agreement will provide continuity to libraries that currently offer their patrons high-quality downloadable eAudiobooks from OCLC and Recorded Books,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “OCLC and Recorded Books are committed to providing libraries with outstanding new eContent services, plans and packages in a new user-friendly environment.”
In October 2008, OCLC plans to release the NetLibrary Media Center, a downloadable application that patrons and libraries will use to manage and access their content. The new Media Center will offer personalization features and advanced search and browse capabilities.
“We are excited about the broad range of patron-friendly content which we will be able to offer libraries,” said Matt Walker, Recorded Books Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “Our customers will benefit greatly from the partnership created by Recorded Books’ commitment to quality audio books and OCLC’s commitment to excellence in its digital products.”
Together, OCLC and Recorded Books provide eAudiobooks to more than 500 libraries and 16 library groups.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 60,450 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.
OCLC NetLibrary provides content and technical delivery solutions to institutional libraries, corporations and government agencies that facilitate the purchase, management and distribution of research, reference, digital learning and general interest content via Web-based technologies. NetLibrary’s eContent solution is the most broadly adopted in the market, making more than 170,000 eBooks, 6,000 eJournals, 7,500 eAudiobooks, and 83 databases available through more than 16,000 libraries worldwide. For more information, visit www.oclc.org/netlibrary/.
About Recorded Books
Recorded Books, a Haights Cross Communications company, produces and distributes unabridged audiobooks and other audio products to public and university libraries and schools, in cassette, CD, and downloadable formats. Over 7,000 titles are available for adults, children, and young adults in English and Spanish languages narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books also distributes music, educational lectures, independent films, and nonfiction films on DVD. Packaging is designed for high circulation. One-year warranty, cataloging, processing, and free MARC records are available. For more information, visit www.recordedbooks.com.