80% of Academic Library Expenditures Projected for eContent by 2020

October 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

A colleague of mine forwarded this presentation by James Michalko from OCLC to me.  The presentation was done at the Keio Symposium earlier this month.  One of James’ slides, based on data from the US Department of Education, NCES Academic Library Survey 1998 – 2008, shows projections that academic library expenditures on purchased and licensed […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Library News · Surveys/Statistics

Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview.  It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · Publishing

New Articles of Interest

July 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Each week the number of blog posts and articles relating to eBooks, publishing, and eReaders is on the rise.  This week was no exception.  Articles I am linking to focus on the use of readers in elementary schools and higher ed and how fast/slow reading is on devices, future of publishing and business models, textbook […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Library News · Mobile Devices · New Products · Print on demand · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

Depts. of Education and Justice rule on Accessible Reading Devices

July 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

This posting is taken in full from a U.S. Dept. of Education Press Release. Today, the Departments of Justice and Education announced the publication of a joint ‘Dear Colleague’ letter reaffirming the agencies’ commitment to ensuring students with disabilities have equal access to emerging technologies in institutions of higher education. Under the Americans with Disabilities […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Press Releases · Publishing · Textbooks

Finally, a Textbook Program for Students with Disabilities

May 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

Being part of the Wright State University community has given me a whole new perspective on students with disabilities.  Approximately 10% of our population is part of this community.  It is very difficult for these students to get their textbooks and other course material in a format appropriate to their needs.  That has just been […]

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Tags: Accessibility · Articles of Interest · DRM · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Textbooks