Heather McCormack is the Collection Development Manager for 3M’s Cloud Library. I had a nice interview with Heather at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Talk about an expert in content! Heather knows her authors, genres, publishers, and tools to make collecting ebooks a simple task for libraries. In the interview she discusses 3Ms new tool – CAT (Catalog Acquisition Tool), introduced back in April of 2013, new content at the 3M Clould Library, and the many ebook collections she has developed in her short time at 3M. Heather and I also discuss the conspiracy of librarians and all things cat. Sorry, there are no photos of cats in this interview!
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 attention to a few must read reports. First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: A Scorecard for Public Libraries. Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading
Seems like everyone is jumping on the Nook app bandwagon. 3M just released their own nook app. The full press release is below, courtesy of DBW.
3M Cloud Library eReading App Now Available Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps™ Storefront
NOOK® HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™ users can wirelessly access 3M Cloud Library
The 3M Cloud Library App is now available in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer. Continue reading
Posting this a bit late due to my vacation. Press release courtesy of Teleread.
3M Library Systems will feature its growing list of offerings for the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service at Book Expo America 2012, to be held June 4-7 at the Javits Center in New York City. Visitors to the 3M Library Systems booth, DZ2417, will learn about 3M Cloud Library’s new partnerships with INscribe Digital, Smashwords, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and the National Book Network (NBN) which are increasing the eBook system’s total list of offerings to more than 200,000 titles from over 300 publishers. Continue reading
Yesterday I had the chance to speak with Matt Tempelis, Cloud Library Global Business Manager, about the 3M Cloud Library. Matt and I discussed why 3M got into the ebook lending business, the unique features of the 3M Cloud Library, and what the future will bring to the program. 3M recently announced an integration with the Polaris ILS system. Meredith Schwartz wrote a nice article about it in Library Journal.