School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools. The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.” This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries. Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks. The second article is “E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.” SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more. Both are worth a read.
I hope you will join me in attending this virtual conference on Wednesday. There is a great line-up of speakers, panelists, and other events. More info below from LJ/SLJ
WHAT: The Digital Shift: Libraries, eBooks and Beyond, the 3rd annual online summit by Library Journal/School Library Journal, will explore how libraries are navigating the transition from print to digital and integrating “e” into collections, catalogs and classrooms.
This full-day program, including tracks designed specifically for public, academic and school libraries, will feature keynote authors discussing the nature of the evolving ‘book’ in the digital future and programs that take a closer look at the value of libraries in the eBook space and how libraries can assure their users’ access to eBooks. Information will also be shared on product use, practical implementation and how technology is affecting the reading experience. Continue reading
The 2nd annual LJ/SLJ eBook Summit held on Wednesday offered some fantastic discussions on the implementation of eBooks in a variety of libraries. Below are links to several articles and blog posts which summarize many of the sessions.
Library Journal and School Library Journal released the results of their 2011 survey of eBook Penetration and use today. The reports are available for purchase (each individually) and a free download of the TOC is available.
More detail on the survey from the site: Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s 2011 Ebook Penetration and Use survey reports present the most up to date data on how libraries are adopting ebooks and the driving factors behind purchasing and circulation activity in the public, academic, and school (K-12) markets. The 2011 surveys repeat the majority of questions asked in our inaugural 2010 reports and present clear cross comparisons as well as eye-opening trends on how libraries are using this new technology.
Yesterday I had a lovely visit with Barbara Genco and Josh Hadro from Library Journal. We discussed the upcoming LJ/SLJ eBook Summit - eBooks: The New Normal. Barbara and I recorded a quick interview about the program. She discusses the organization of the virtual summit, highlights keynote speakers and activities, and offers advice on who should attend the summit.
For those of you who prefer to read the details, or perhaps register for the event, check out the web site – The Digital Shift
In 2010, Library Journal and School Library Journal brought you our inaugural Virtual Summit on ebooks and the library market, Ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point. More than 2,000 participants from the library community joined us for this day-long virtual event to discuss how ebooks are shaping the future of libraries.
This year, we go one step beyond to bring you Ebooks: The New Normal. This one-day virtual conference will bring together public, academic and school librarians (K-12), vendors, publishers, and industry experts to address how libraries are leveraging the ebook opportunity to improve service and reach more users than ever before. The event offers something for everyone, from building an ebook strategy and collection to mastering the transition and even how to market ebooks to patrons.
ALA’s 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study was released today. According to the press release: “more than two-thirds (67 percent) of libraries offer access to e-books, up 12 percent from two years ago.” These numbers fall right in line with the recent Library Journal & School Library Journal e-book survey. They reported that 72% of public libraries offer e-books.
The ALA Study has multiple pieces available for download. They include:
Executive Summary (.pdf)
Library Funding Landscape (.pdf)
Library Technology Landscape (.pdf)
State Summaries (.pdf)
Reports from the Field (.pdf)
Appendix B: Interview Questions
Appendix C: California public library interview participants
Appendix D: Oklahoma public library interview participants
From an LJ email: Library Journal and School Library Journal invite you to participate in our 2011 ebook survey. This data will allow us to trend the changing nature of library ebook collections. Survey results will be shared at our October 12 ebook summit and in upcoming issues of LJ and SLJ.
We want to hear from all public, academic and school libraries, even if your library currently has no ebook collection. You can view a pdf of the survey before answering (recommended!). Please click on the link below to begin.
If you complete the survey you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Nook Color (2 Nook Colors will be given away) or a complimentary registration to our upcoming all-day virtual ebook summit on October 12*. Continue reading
Last summer, Library Journal and School Library Journal conducted an eBook survey for libraries. The survey was designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences. They included an academic, public, and school library version of the survey. Hundreds of questions were asked and hundreds of libraries responded. The results of those surveys were published in November, 2010 in three separate reports. The executive summaries of each are available on the Library Journal site (and linked below), and full reports are available for purchase. There were 1,842 respondents, broken down to 364 academic, 781 public, and 697 school libraries. I’ve captured some of the data to share with you, but the reports are full of additional information on budgets, marketing, barriers to adoption, patron preference, and much, much more. A primer on ebook readers and formats is in the appendix of each full report. Thanks to Josh Hadro at Library Journal for sharing the reports with me and allowing me to publish some of the data here on No Shelf Required. Continue reading
Publishers, please read this, particularly those of you involved with the Publishers Association.
Reprinted in full from Library Journal, October 15, 2010. Francine, you go girl!
We missed you, but, more importantly, you missed out on an opportunity to engage in discussion with a large market already invested in the future of ebooks. Library Journal and School Library Journal’s first virtual ebook summit—a daylong event on September 29—focused on how public, academic, and school libraries are addressing digital books. It drew over 2100 registrants who stayed for an average of five and one-half hours. Over 238 libraries purchased site licenses so staff could come and go. At Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH, the event drew—and distracted—the entire leadership team from its regularly scheduled meeting. (The summit archive is still available online, until December 31, 2010, at www.ebook-summit.com.) Continue reading