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How have eBooks improved library service?

It seems like most of the blog posts, articles, and presentations on eBooks focus on the challenges and other negative impacts of eBooks.  I don’t deny these exist, but would like to turn some attention to how eBooks improve library service.  When people ask me why they should invest in eBooks, I always respond with a couple of standard responses – 24/7 access to content anywhere for your patrons and no shelf required.   Today I can add to that list – patrons are asking for them.  I’m in the process of writing an article for the Special Libraries Association about improving service through ebooks.  I’d like to include some specific examples of how libraries have improved service with ebooks.  If you have an idea or example you can share with me for the article, please let me know.

Some topics I hope to explore are:

  • eReference and virtual reference services
  • patron driven acquisition and short-term loans for just-in-time collections
  • 24/7 access anywhere including mobile
  • downloadable content for personal devices
  • embedding eBooks in content management systems
  • lending eReaders

Comments on Google Book Search Settlement Coming to a Head (Again)

Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in the air. Well, okay — the latter might not be what you expect, but this is a special September, after all. Postponed from MayL1, the deadline for filing comments in the Google Book Search settlement is coming up. And everyone is weighing in (”again” for some) on the details of the settlement. A couple of highlights.

The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)L2 again offered its support for the settlement, if only the court would promise to extend vigorous oversight of pricing and privacy practices of Google and the Books Rights Registry. This came in the form of a supplemental filingL3 to the briefL4 the three organizations filed in MayL5 (just prior to the first comment deadline). Continue reading