E-Content in Libraries: 2013 in Review (Trends, Reflections, Highlights)

Re-reading the introduction to the NSR “year in review” article from last year makes it tempting to cut and paste parts of the post from 12 months ago into this one. Looking back at how e-content in libraries—in all its incarnations—continued to evolve throughout 2013, it becomes obvious that 2013 carried on the legacy of the years past. … Continue reading E-Content in Libraries: 2013 in Review (Trends, Reflections, Highlights)

Oxford University Press provides access to Social Explorer for the next two weeks

In light of the government shutdown, another vendor has opened up a licensed database for access these next two weeks.  This time it is Oxford University Press with the Social Explorer site.  Social Explorer provides US Census demographic data.  Yesterday, EBSCO announced similar plans for the ERIC database.  Here is more information from the OUP … Continue reading Oxford University Press provides access to Social Explorer for the next two weeks

ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned

ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — … Continue reading ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned

NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference

I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.  Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.  This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th. The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want … Continue reading NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference

April episode of AL Live tackles the present and future of ebooks

Mark your calendars. April 18th episode of American Libraries Live will focus on the present and future of ebooks and what their continued popularity means for libraries and librarians everywhere. The interactive (and free) discussion will be moderated by No Shelf Required blogger and ebook expert Sue Polanka and will include contributions from: • Jamie LaRue, Director of … Continue reading April episode of AL Live tackles the present and future of ebooks

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 … Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

E-Content in Libraries: 2012 in Review

2012 was a busy year for e-content: new alliances were formed among both publishers and vendors, more mergers took place, controversies surrounding ebook lending in public libraries persisted, open access initiatives showed no signs of slowing down, and the pressing need to digitize scholarly publishing gave rise to several monograph e-platforms. With each passing week, … Continue reading E-Content in Libraries: 2012 in Review

Ebook Platforms in Libraries: A new report in the works

I am in the midst of developing a library technology report for ALA TechSource (a unit of the publishing department of the American Library Association), due out in the Spring of 2013. The focus: ebook platforms in libraries. As I am amassing information about various products from publishers and aggregators on the specifics of each platform, … Continue reading Ebook Platforms in Libraries: A new report in the works

Salem Press announces Library Blog Center and 2012 Library Blog Awards

Hackensack, New Jersey – May 30, 2012 – Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Publishing (www.salempress.com), is pleased to announce the launch of The Library Blog Center—the home of The Library Blog Awards and the newly revised Library Blog Directory. Months in the making, with input from experienced bloggers and editors, Salem’s carefully vetted Library … Continue reading Salem Press announces Library Blog Center and 2012 Library Blog Awards

Patron Driven Acquisition in Libraries

Patron Driven Acquisition has gained much interest from libraries these days. As a result, many are writing about their experiences with the new business model. Today, Inside Higher Education featured an article on “PDA In the Library,” (E-book acquisition based on use and demand could save libraries thousands). This article discusses the benefits of PDA, … Continue reading Patron Driven Acquisition in Libraries