eBook Platform Evaluation Criteria

While at ACRL, I met a Librarian at Wellesley College by the name of Deborah Lenares.  She was in the midst of evaluating ebook aggregator platforms and shared with me her comparative spreadsheet.  It’s quite thorough and I thought it could be a great community project to work on it together.  So, Deborah has posted this spreadsheet to google docs and it is open and available for editing by anyone.

Document is available here:  https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtHuZMbGK8S1dGpsZHdhYmZsLUhqbW50STZlcTZPT3c&hl=en_US#gid=0

The University of California – Irvine also did a comparison spreadsheet.  It is available for download here:  http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/2010/01/06/checklist-for-evaluating-patron-driven-business-models/

Finally, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom maintains an academic database assessment tool for e-books.  Users select vendors and the comparison data is displayed based on user choice.  It is available here:  http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl

BISG Program on eBook Standards

July 10, 2009 | 12:30pm – 4:00pm | Hyatt Regency Chicago
@ ALA Annual Conference

The Book Industry Study Group will host a program the Friday before the ALA Conference in Chicago.  You need not be registered for ALA to attend this program, but obviously it’s encouraged. The program, “The Changing Standards Landscape: Creative Solutions to Your Information Problems” will focus on standards, business models, and workflow issues with eBooks. Continue reading BISG Program on eBook Standards

ALA Program -Rethinking the Reference Collection

Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin: Rethinking the Reference Collection
ALA PUBLISHING
McCormick Place West W-179
Monday, July 13, 2009, 10:30 – 12:00

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E-textbooks not ready for college students yet?

From Teleread   By David Rothman

image 6 Lessons One Campus Learned about E-Textbooks is the headline over Jeffrey R. Young’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. But perhaps it should read instead, “E-textbooks not ready for college students yet, at least in many cases.”

Northwestern Missouri State University used the Sony Reader in a pilot study and, according to Young, found that students demanded printed books instead because of navigation problems with E.

Mind you, this wasn’t with the new PRS-700, which lets you use a stylus to move around. So maybe the results would have been different. Continue reading E-textbooks not ready for college students yet?

Gale’s Encyclopedia.com wins CODiE Award for Best Online General Reference Service

Farmington Hills, MI, June 5, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced that Encyclopedia.com (http://www.encyclopedia.com) was named the 2009 CODiE Award winner for Best Online General Reference Service. The Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 24th Annual CODiE Awards, the only peer-reviewed honor in the industry, celebrate achievement and vision in software, education technology and digital content.

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Interview with Sue in Against the Grain

I just got my hands on the April 2009 issue of Against the Grain, and lo and behold an interview with NSR’s Sue Polanka.  The interview was done by Dennis Brunning from Arizona State University in his cheeky style and is followed by his humorous interview with Kindles 1 and 2.  The article is not available online, so here are some highlights. Continue reading Interview with Sue in Against the Grain

Interview with Christoph Chesher, Group Sales Director, Taylor & Francis

Christoph Chesher, Group Sales Director at Taylor & Francis is the newest interviewee in the NSR series.  Christoph discusses the variety of business models and aggregator access to eBooks from Taylor & Francis (Routledge, CRC Press, Garland Science, Psychology Press, and others) as well as the dilemmas the eBook market still faces.

In the interview, Christoph offers the following contact information:  christoph.chesher@informa.com, direct dial -44.207.017.6194, T&F ebooks –  www.ebookstore.tandf.co.uk

Widgets Increase Use of eReference Collections

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.

Results of widgets in three libraries

Upcoming workshop in Philly…. Google, Libraries, Publishing

NFAIS and Drexel’s iSchool are co-sponsoring a workshop on June 26th in Philly titled “Google, the Web and the Future Roles of Publishers and Librarians.”

More info can be found on the NFAIS site.  I’m certain eBooks will come up somewhere in this program. Continue reading Upcoming workshop in Philly…. Google, Libraries, Publishing

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