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2011 Salem Press Library Blog Awards – Vote Now

Salem Press has once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing and information. After sifting through hundreds of nominations, our blog judges have spoken and their votes have been tallied. Forty outstanding blogs, five in each category, came out on top. We now need your help to narrow down the list of finalists.

To vote for your favorite blogs, click Blog Awards. And thanks for participating. Continue reading

Resource Shelf Editors Launch InfoDocket and FullTextReports

Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy, formerly the senior editors of Resource Shelf and Docuticker, have now moved on to another complimentary set of news sites – InfoDocket and FullText Reports.  Both of these new sites offer great aggregated content with a new look and feel.

ResourceShelf continues to publish (10+ years) with new editorial staff at http://www.resourceshelf.com/ and is part of the FreePint Family (http://www.freepint.com).

Libraries and the changing role of creators and consumers

A must read OCLC newsletter article written by Andy Havens and Tom Storey – Libraries and the changing role of creators and consumers.  Havens and Storey interviewed Catherine Mitchell from the California Digital Library and Andrew Pate of On-Demand Books.  Topics include:

  • the university as publishers
  • embedded librarians
  • library as publisher (espresso book machine)
  • libraries – searching globally and publishing locally

Hat tip to Resource Shelf

Safari Books Online Expands Mobile Device Options

Safari Books Online has further optimized it’s content for mobile devices.  Notes, tags, and save to custom folders options are now accessible from any mobile device that supports 320×480 screen resolution.  Sharing (even with non subscribers), enhanced categories, and use analytics are also new.  More information is available from Business Wire.  Hat tip to Resource Shelf.

SEBASTOPOL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Safari Books Online (www.safaribooksonline.com), the leading on-demand digital library for technology, digital media and business professionals, today achieved another milestone in its mobile device strategy – the seamless extension of its popular portal features to mobile devices. Subscribers on the go can now enjoy such popular features as creating notes, tagging and saving content in custom folders. Continue reading

New Articles of Interest

For your weekend reading pleasure:

ModernBookFactory.com: The First Complete Online Audiobook Production and App Development Service for Independent Publishers and Authors

Ebooks: the future is now – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Imagining the Dream e-Tool for Education and Training – Scholarly Kitchen

And the Best File Format for Open Textbook Publishing Is . . .

Future of the Book | American Libraries Magazine

Gutenberg eReader Brings the Entire eBook Library to Google Android Users

Future-Proofing Your E-Books

CBC News – Technology & Science – E-books: A new chapter begins

TeleRead E-Book Primer Part One: What is an e-book?

A Truly Bookless Library – Inside Higher Ed

IBooks App more popular than Facebook and Twitter

ResourceBlog Article: E-Book Roundup: New and Projected Sales Numbers …

Starting an Open Textbook? Think 100 or 200 Level Courses

eBooks in a Textbook World – American Editor

Lonely Planet’s Augmented Reality

Project MUSE to offer eBooks in 2011

Thanks to Resource Shelf for this information.

Project MUSE just announced the launch of an eBook program for 2011, Project MUSE Editions.  There are currently 9 university and institute presses on board with more negotiations in process. From the press release:   Continue reading

Articles of Interest

Hot reads this week.  Here’s a list of some good ones:

New from Bowker: Selection of Statistics from Consumer-Focused Research Report for Book Industry « ResourceShelf

The digital era has not made publishers defunct

Kobo Now Supports ePub and PDF files

Google Book Search beneficial to publishing industry, study shows

The ABC’s of E-Reading – Wall Street Journal

Virginia State University Business School Buys E-textbooks for Students

Ebook market share at B&N tops their print book share

66% of Public Libraries in US offering eBooks

The Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study from ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics just released their 2009-10 statistics.  Included in this report was  U.S. public libraries providing access to ebooks – which was 65.9%

A sampling of the % of Libraries Providing E-Books In:

  • Florida–86.9%
  • Hawaii–100%
  • Illinois–46%
  • New York–71%
  • Ohio–83%
  • Oregon–70.8%
  • Washington–48.6

Note: Since e-books are listed in the Internet category we’re assuming these are books downloaded off the Internet from services like OverDrive, Safari, NetLibrary, Books 24×7, ebrary, and others. We’re trying to find out how these numbers and ones to come will count books downloaded once to a Kindle, iPad, nook, or other device and then loaned to many users.

Thanks to Resource Shelf for this information.

HathiTrust Digital Library Visual Search

There is an interesting visual search feature in the HathiTrust Digital Library.  Call number, language, and date, for both the entire HathiTrust collection and public domain works are available.  The visualizations are colorful and created in flash on the screen.  Roll over a piece of the pie and stats will appear, (i.e. DS – History of Asia, 157616 items), click on the pie piece and results for that variable will be displayed.

Here’s a HathiTrust sample chart  – but not interactive.

Thanks to Gary Price from Resource Shelf for showing me this cool feature.

New Articles of Interest

Some things for your weekend reading list:

A Sustainable Future for Open Textbooks? The Flatworld Knowledge Story

E-Texts for All (Even Lucy) | Ebooks and Accessibility

How Does Google Work? Learn How Google Works: Search Engine + AdWords

HOW TO: Self-Publish Anything Online

Newsweek Asks: “Farewell, Libraries?” « ResourceShelf