Research about transforming libraries

A survey was used to explore the implications of ebook licensing and interlibrary loan use. Among academic libraries in the United States, a widespread preference for handling print books was found along with a need for more information about ebook interlibrary loan rights at one's own institution and a means to identify format type available from potential lending libraries.
Some of the findings: 90% of e-reader owners will continue to buy print books; e-reader owners buy about the same number of print and digital books; predictions of 50% e-book penetration by 2014 are highly inflated.
Survey of book buying behavior with over 2000 respondents on over 5,000 websites. Presented in clear slide show format.
To learn whether e-book readers have become widely popular among college students, this study surveys students at one large, urban, four-year public college. The survey asked whether the students owned e-book readers and if so, how often they used them and for what purposes.
This study seeks to evaluate a selection of second-generation ebook readers in order to determine which devices deliver the best experience for the user, in terms of functionality and overall experience. It will be of benefit to information professionals seeking to utilise ebook reading devices, and to designers of ebook readers.
The design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.
The article presents research regarding book satisfaction at the Frederick Douglass Library at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in 2007. Through purchasing individual eBooks and electronic book readers (e-readers), such as electronic commerce company Amazon's Kindle Fire, bookseller Barnes & Noble's Nook, and electronics corporation Apple's iPad, patron use of eBooks has increased.
This report tells the story of technology changing the fundamental forms of information; of these new forms changing the way people find, access, and use information; and of the changes in core library missions and services that will result from these new behaviors.
Although much of the publishing industry is working hard to develop and implement digital strategies, there is little available research evaluating book consumers' actual interests in and preferences for digital content, or the factors that influence their reading habits and purchasing decisions.
Over the years, the University of Mississippi Libraries has purchased eBooks as one-time, perpetual-access collections, individual titles, and as subscription collections. Last year, the Williams Library began a patron-driven, eBook pilot program. Using ebrary's administrative tool, profiles were created to establish two patron-driven eBook collections. The planning, implementation, and workflow of the patron-driven, eBook pilot program was presented.
Today, these institutions [libraries, museums, etc.] are crippled by a parallel harmonization of limitations and exceptions thrust upon them by technology (digital) that serve the public interest, glorifying the ‘rights’ and de-meaning ‘fair-use’. An attempt has been made in this article to introduce the issues concerning the copyright protection in the digital library environment.
The article makes a compelling argument on behalf of libraries for changing the current Copyright Law.
Beginning with a brief overview of the history and the current state of the e-book publishing market, the document traces the structure of the licensing practices and business models used by distributors to make e-books available in libraries, and identifies select challenges facing libraries and publishers.
A primary area of focus for ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group has been on ebook business models that are favorable to public libraries.
This paper aims to provide an assessment of an ebook collection in an academic library, and attempts to locate usage trends by subject and publisher. Usage data over three years provided evidence to help libraries select a business model for acquiring ebooks; the research provides assessment of ebook collections to identify trends across publishers and subjects.
"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.
In April 2010 a survey was sent electronically to 40,000 members of Sunshine Coast Libraries to ascertain their use of ebooks and eAudiobooks. This was followed in April 2011 by a survey to identify changes in the electronic behavior and expectations of library members. The results indicate a high level of interest in ebooks and eAudiobooks, and a strong interest in emerging technologies such as iPhones, iPads, and Kindle.
This paper aims to provide an overview of the current situation regarding ebooks in both academic and public libraries. The paper draws together viewpoints from academic libraries, public libraries and ebook suppliers.
The following paper provides background to the conversation between publishers and libraries, explaining the current issues with providing eBooks in Canadian libraries and identifying areas where libraries’ experience with electronic resources can assist in developing new models.
The analysis of eye movements during reading an eBook from different eReading tools suggests that subjects’ reading behaviour is similar to reading from a printed book.
Report on the future of books with a focus on eBooks while exploring issues, background, and outlooks in the industry
In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Levine adds to the growing body of content documenting gaming and libraries.
In September 2009, the University of Iowa Libraries embarked on an experiment with patron-driven acquisition (PDA) of e-books with ebrary and YBP. Results indicate that PDA can be a useful and effective tool for meeting user needs and building the local collection, but the role of PDA in the library’s collection management program presents challenges as well as opportunities.
Already firmly established in the public sector, electronic books are gaining a foothold on campuses as well, where they serve as a cost-effective and portable alternative to heavy textbooks and supplemental reading selections.
The content of electronic books and the social activities they enable, rather than the device used to access them, are the keys to their popularity; nearly everyone carries some device that can function as an electronic reader, and more people are engaging with electronic books than ever before.
Data presented in this white paper will demonstrate the ability of public libraries to drive sales of print and digital content
The four-year, four-city Working Together Project sent community development librarians into diverse neighborhoods across the country.
This paper provides an analysis of Apple’s iTunes Online Music Store. The paper analyzes relevant law to achieve deeper understanding of current shifts in the digital media landscape, but does not provide legal advice.
12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.
A wealth of high-quality material is now accessible electronically. What does this revolutionary change mean for the creation and design of library space?
Ultimately, the idea of the Information Commons forces the reconceptualization of the traditional librarian roles, services, resources and physical space of the academic library.
This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2009, includes information on visitation, circulation, the availability and use of library computing resources, staffing, library collections and services, and fiscal information such as operating revenue and expenditures.
Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2011-2012 assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment, and sustainability.
Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and digital skills essential to full participation in civic life and in the nation’s economy
This report has several interesting graphs and statistics, and includes the prediction that 15 percent to 25 percent of book sales will shift to digital format by 2015, and that the shift to digital publishing could boost book consumption because more than 40% of readers equipped with a reading device say that they read more now than before.
While the Internet is a text–saturated world, reading online screens tends to be significantly different from reading printed text. This review essay examines literature from a variety of disciplines on the technological, social, behavioural, and neuroscientific impacts that the Internet is having on the practice of reading. A particular focus is given to the reading behavior of emerging university students. .
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Librarians discuss the bewildering case of college students who prefer digital formats for almost anything showing a reluctance to e-textbooks.
This report illustrates a variety of ways local libraries contribute to community development, looking at multiple layers of involvement:individual, voluntary associations, institutions, economy, place, and, importantly, the stories they tell about themselves in their communities.
This paper by a law professor from the University of California begins with the origins of copyright law's first-sale doctrine which stems from a 1908 Supreme Court case that allows the owner of any particular lawful copy of a copyrighted work to resell, rent, lend, or give away that copy without the copyright owner's permission. This has been the basis for the legality of library lending.
The Global eBook Market: Current Conditions & Future Projections provides a broad survey of data on emerging ebook markets across Europe and in two BRIC countries: Brazil and China. Furthermore, the study portrays, for each market, characteristic developments and distinct features, such as regulatory and cultural parameters, the impact of global players, such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Sony, and Kobo, as well as an outlook on trends and patterns as they take shape. Key data on the more mature ebook markets in the United States and United Kingdom serve as benchmarks.
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
The Section 108 Study Group is a select committee of copyright experts charged with updating for the digital world the Copyright Act's balance between the rights of creators and copyright owners and the needs of libraries and archives.
Libraries worldwide are transforming their spaces to better align with the changing needs of their communities. The aim of this paper is to outline the process and outcome of an evaluation study of transformed academic library spaces at the Melbourne Burwood Campus using TEALS.
The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a pilot program at Dickinson College where select reserve books for a class were purchased as ebooks and linked through the course management system.This is the first study to evaluate student attitudes and use of ebook "reserve" materials.
This article takes a historical look at the leading factors that supported the print-to-electronic transition for journals to assess whether the environment is conducive to a rapid transition for books.