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
Yesterday at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of the acquisition models of eBooks for academic libraries. We chatted about business models, workflow issues and their opportunities and challenges, the pros and cons of electronic access,and the future of eBooks. I was pretty busy doing my moderating duties and didn’t get a chance to summarize the program, but luckily some folks at LJ did. Here is what they had to say: Continue reading
Wow, what a morning. The best part of this ebook summit has been following the tweets and chats with some incredibly knowledgeable and creative librarians. So many good ideas for ebooks in libraries. My highlights have been on twitter, so feel free to have a look @spolanka or follow the conference at #ebooksummit.
Added to blog post 9/30: There are some addtional summaries of various Summit presentations from the Library Media Diva and the Librarian In Black blogs. Thanks to the folks at LJ for recording some highlights from the session I moderated – Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a new Best Practice.
The most shocking statement thus far was from Eli Neiberger, Associate Director for IT and Production, Ann Arbor District Library, who said quite bluntly, “libraries are screwed.” His presentation went on to discuss how the basic premise of the library business is based on owning and loaning print content and that this format is outmoded. He also said that the value of library collections is in local copy and in a global digital world, the notion of local and copy is worthless. He believes we will survive if we find ways to reinvent ourselves beyond the circulating collections. He suggested that libraries become publishers and bring their local communities to the 21st century world by providing a platform for unique experiences.
All presentations are being archived and will be available beginning next week.
The LJ/SLJ eBook Summit on September 29th offers a variety of speakers and panel discussions relating to eBooks and libraries. One such session, eBooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice, will discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges in purchasing, acquiring, and accessing eBooks in an academic library. Speakers, representing publishers, libraries, and consortia, include: Michael Levine-Clark, an expert on patron driven acquisition from the University of Denver, Emily McElroy, who heads up the eBook Team for the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and Brett Rubinstein, manager of library sales for Springer. I’ll be moderating the session, live from 3:00 – 3:55 EDT.
Some of the topics our panel will discuss include:
- acquisitions options
- the role of aggregators and distributors
- approval plans
- managing duplication of content
- Access and DRM
- shared collections
- patron driven business models
- future of ebooks
Library Journal/School Library Journal is sponsoring a survey on eBooks in libraries. The ebook survey is designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences. This survey is open to all types of libraries, and high level results will presented during LJ/SLJ‘s first ever virtual summit, ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point to be held on September 29, 2010. Detailed results will also be reported in LJ and SLJ later in the fall.
There are different versions of the survey for school, public, academic, and special libraries. All have pdf versions to print/view and then one can return to the site to record the answers. The academic survey had about 35 questions, some basic demographic questions followed by questions on budget, use of ebooks, expected growth of ebooks, disciplines using ebooks, etc.
Mark your calendars for September 29th, the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point. This looks like it will be a fabulous event with great keynote speakers lined up and a diverse selection of panel discussions. Ray Kurzweill, Kevin Kelly, and David Lankes are featured keynote speakers. The breakout sessions will feature program tracks for school, public, and academic libraries. The program is available online, and early bird registration for the VERY LOW price of $19.95 (librarians and students) ends on July 30th. I’m sure this great price is thanks to the sponsors – OverDrive, Baker and Taylor, Capstone Digital, and Gale/Cengage.
Congrats LJ – this is a wonderful idea and I can’t wait to attend.
I recently attended the School Library Journal (SLJ) Summit and had the pleasure of working with Roger Rosen, of Rosen Publishing, on a panel about the future of digital reference. Roger spoke about Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness product. I finally had a chance to look it over. WOW, this is what I call a reference experience!
- Thousands of resources for teens on topics relevant to them, and written for them – like sexuality, dating, stress, alcohol/drugs, eating disorders, and even acne
- In The News – a snippet of data from a published news story, with links to additional information in the database.
- Cast Your Vote – Polls on relevant topics, to see how other teens feel/act. After viewing the poll results, links to articles on a relevant topic are included
- HOTLINES (Get Help Now)- easy to find access to a variety of national hotlines (Suicide, AIDS, Alcohol/Drugs, Eating Disorders, etc)
- Ask Dr. Jan – a place to ask a question and get an answer from a licensed Psychologist
- Personal Story – a teen story written about a particular situation, like cyberbullying. Users may then SHARE THEIR OWN STORY by submitting it to Rosen. Don’t worry, lots of confidentiality controls are in place.
- Did You Know? – factoids on various health/wellness topics, with links to related articles
- RSS Feeds of new content from “In The News,” “Dr. Jan’s Corner,” and “Did You Know?”
- Each entry is signed, and includes the name of the MD or other medical professional who reviewed the article.
- Email, print, and cite this source options
- Links for resources, glossary, and further reading
- Date last updated for each article
Besides the amazing amount of information in the Teen Health & Wellness database, teens have the opportunity to ask questions, write/share their own feelings, and find out how other teens are dealing with situations. The RSS feeds, polls, and Q/A make this interactive. The attention to detail in citing, writing, reviewing, and updating make the information very authoritative. This should be in every household, not just school. Congrats Rosen!
Gee, reading all of this makes me want to be a teenager again…..NOT!
But, it does make me wonder why these great features aren’t in other databases. The product seems to build a community. Can our generic reference ebook collections possibly do that? I don’t see why not.�