Last Friday, ALA released it’s latest Library Technology Report (LTR) entitled, “Ebook Platforms for Libraries.” Mirela Roncevic, a No Shelf Required contributor, wrote and compiled the LTR. Mirela posted on her personal blog about the report including background information about what the report contains, what it’s for, and how it can be used by librarians. It is a really nice summary of how and why the publication was created. Here is an excerpt from her post:
At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what the vast and growing ebooks landscape in libraries will look like a year or two from now, but as it stands right now, librarians need to keep up or they will remain behind. That’s what this report aims to do: provide a starting point from which they can embark on their institutions’ ebook ventures. Continue reading
Check out the latest article in American Libraries Magazine (Dispatches from the Field column) about eBook purchasing. It is a condensed version of a larger piece that will appear in Library Technology Reports Nov/Dec issue, which should be available very soon. Topics include: print to digital, business models, publishers/aggregators/wholesalers, buying through consortia, and evaluating vendors.
Here is the first paragraph and citation info:
A Guide to Ebook Purchasing
By Sue Polanka
Tue, 11/15/2011 – 08:12
American Libraries Magazine
Advice from the author of No Shelf Required on how to flex your library’s purchasing muscle
For those libraries looking to purchase e-books, you are not alone. According to the Library Journal 2011 survey of ebook penetration and use in libraries, 95% of academic, 82% of public, and 44% of school libraries are already offering ebooks, and many more are considering it. For anyone contemplating purchasing ebooks, asking why is the most important question. What are the primary goals of purchasing ebooks in your library or your consortium? Is it to expand the collection or to increase the buying power of a group of libraries? Is it to replace existing print collections, offer new services, or experiment with new business models in the hope of saving money? Whatever the reason, it is imperative to keep one’s goals in mind throughout the process. Buying ebooks is a complicated process. To do it effectively is an even greater challenge due to the many ways to procure ebooks.
No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries. Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name. These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below. For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.
The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing. This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8) issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon). Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading