Librarians are now 'embedded' in the community in order to better serve groups such as seniors or small businesspeople. 'Digital inclusion' has become extremely important, since one third of the U.S. population still does not have internet access. Libraries now also support 21st century learning. E-government is also changing the library, with an increasing amount of government information and assistance only available online, the library has become the 'go to' place for services.
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.
The market needs to respond with well-designed products that include people with disabilities and others—especially if makers of those products expect to sell their goods to clients with public-sector funding, such as schools and universities, government agencies, non-profits, and so forth.
Survey of book buying behavior with over 2000 respondents on over 5,000 websites. Presented in clear slide show format.
The DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently added two 3D printers, along with a 3D scanner and supporting software, to its collection.
3D printing is the process of creating physical objects by building layers of quickly-hardening material one on top of the other.
A Social Networking Primer for Librarians gives librarians a start-to-finish guide to the basics for using and maximizing popular social networking sites in all types of libraries.
A list of of devices that support Adobe PDF and EPUB content.
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.
OCLC is launching a new project, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.”
This fact sheet offers a selection of articles, web resources, and some vendor information that will provide an introduction when considering implementing virtual reference services.
ALA Library Fact Sheet with resources for adding and using technology to perform various library duties, especially computer systems and software for cataloging.
This page provides information about how RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) can be implemented in libraries.
Easily accessible fact sheet on the use of internet in academic, public and school libraries.
To monitor technological and societal trends that are relevant to libraries and public access to information and encourage and contribute to discussions about these trends in forums inside and outside of ALA.
The article outlines how libraries can bring ebooks into their collections. It discusses the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks for libraries and the importance of getting community input to inform any shift to digital media.
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.
This issue of Library Technology Reports analyzes five different academic libraries to better understand their investments, detailing the outcome thus far and drawing conclusions about the next-generation catalog.
David O’Brien, Urs Gasser, and John G Palfrey Jr of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University recently released a briefing document, “E-Books in Libraries.”
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.
Supporting this growing population is a concern of many, and this book will help you find ways to be creative and take the initiative to build a better service model for these customers.
Interesting statistics and clear charts disusing, among other topics, the use of eBooks in school libraries.
Broward County Library, located in in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made the collection of more than 34,000 public domain titles featured on their ‘Virtual Branch’ website directly available and visible in one of the busiest centers of their community – the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
A digital media lab is a space designed for patrons to have access to software and hardware to create digital media—such as videos, music, podcasts, images, ebooks, websites, animation, and more.
This complete handbook guides the reader through the process of planning, development, and launch of their own mobile library applications.
David Lee King once again presents this popular workshop, taking you through the process of building an effective, user-friendly library website that will expand and enhance your library’s presence in the community.
In a move that some feel is another blow to the big business of traditional publishing, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will give the California college systems the push they need to not only find open source textbooks for their students’ classes, but will also enable the colleges and universities to develop these materials themselves in order to make student textbooks free.
With the implementation of RDA, the expansion of discovery services, and the changing needs of library patrons, it is time for us to take a look at how cataloging as public service is changing to make use of new tools and meet the needs of new, or, changing users. In this e-forum, we discussed the changes we are seeing in how cataloging acts as a public service, what future trends are developing, and share the way we are using new tools and services to better serve our patrons.
This article provides a history of e-reader availability and selection in the United States, information on the challenges that academic librarians face in e-reader selection, and research results of various studies on e-book/e-reader use by students. The article reflects on the e-reader evaluation and decisionmaking process and makes recommendations for investment and training.
The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), in collaboration with Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and other Colorado libraries, launched a new program, "E-discover the Classics," to help Colorado libraries easily provide users access to content from Project Gutenberg—a site that provides free ebooks and audiobooks of public domain works. The project has expanded to help libraries in other states, and other countries, do the same.
Last month, Douglas County Libraries collaborated with our local Best Buy to offer a electronic petting zoo for patrons and staff. With a staff member on hand, Best Buy brought one of every type eBook reader to the Philip S Miller Library in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado, so patrons could explore and ask questions.
This webinar explores the new wave of creative spaces appearing in public libraries all over the United States and explain why libraries have an essential role to play in digital media creation.
This on-demand webinar explores the new wave of creative spaces appearing in public libraries all over the United States and explain why libraries have an essential role to play in digital media creation. Toby Greenwalt and Mick Jacobsen from the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library share their insights on how to sell the concept of a Digital Media Lab to library administration, set up a space that fits any budget, and offer programs and services that maintain public interest over time. If you build it, they will come!
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.
The complex issues associated with developing and managing electronic collections deserve special treatment, and library collection authority Peggy Johnson rises to the challenge with a book sure to become a benchmark for excellence
Digital Publishing News for the 21st Century
A curated bibliography of quality digital image collections spanning ~85 subjects, including ~950 digital collections, that have been culled primarily from the LibGuides Community, and several subject areas have been further refined by 20 subject liaison librarians at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
An authoritative and truly global exploration of current research in digital libraries. Internationally-renowned academics discuss what has been achieved with digital libraries and what we can expect in the future through the prism of research.
The article makes a compelling argument on behalf of libraries for changing the current Copyright Law.
The Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) of the American Library Association (ALA) is developing a series of informational Tip Sheets for the library community. We are pleased to share with you Tip Sheet #1 on digital rights management.
Drupal is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that many libraries use to create well-designed, easy-to-use and manage websites. Go step-by-step through the decisions and tasks needed to develop and launch a Drupal-powered site and learn the advantages of the open source approach.
Hear a brief overview of the available library e-book platforms and ideas for training both your staff and your patrons.
Presenters will detail ways to improve your library’s website in order to optimize the e-book lending experience; will discuss ideas for improving the e-book experience inside the library; will give an overview of e-book programming ideas from different libraries; and will share proven marketing ideas.
In the past year, libraries have seen a sharp growth in e-book borrowing. That trend is transforming the relationship between libraries and publishers. Libraries need to offer electronic books to remain relevant today. But some publishers worry lending e-books will lead to piracy and loss of sales
Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries director, Jamie LaRue is not content to wait for a resolution to the public library e-book borrowing/lending model to appear, and instead has been forging a new way forward, experimenting with innovative alternatives to the options currently available to public librarians.
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.
For the first time in PW's 100+ years of annual features on bestsellers, the magazine collected statistics on e-book sales. This first report was spotty, since many publishers declined to share their numbers, and others submitted numbers from just a few titles.
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.
The article reports on the developments in electronic book (ebook) publishing industry.
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.
In this article the authors present a review of literature from multiple disciplines pertaining to using eBooks in the classroom in order to understand the underlying literacy and technology related issues and challenges.
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.
EOD enables users to order public domain books as PDF eBooks.The basic advantages of the network lie on the one hand in the reduced workload of individual libraries and on the other hand in the recognition value of the EOD service for the user and the public.
Renowned library blogger, speaker, and educator Connie Crosby shares her experience and expertise in this step-by-step guide to successful library blogging.
Electronic Resource Management tackles the central issues with the concepts of the access and management of electronic resources. It highlights the different kinds of e-resources, from e-serials and e-books to databases and digital collections that continue to bring new developments to a field that requires different systems and skills than those needed for print resources.
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.
Allen County is one of just a handful of public libraries that have set up multipurpose workshops for patrons who want to share and collaborate in order to create and build things. The terms used to describe these spaces include “makerspaces,” “fab labs” or “hackerspaces
Screening movies is a fun, engaging way to bring people of all ages into the library, and this book offers the tools to make movie programming a reality at any public library. Irons, a public librarian who has overseen a county-wide movie program, offers a complete guide to creating, mounting and running a successful program.
Four visually impaired Philly residents filed suit this week against the Free Library of Philadelphia. They allege that the Free Library’s new Nook lending program, which is about to expand to cover 5 library branches, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because the Nook is not accessible to the blind (it has no audio support at all).
The OITP E-book Task Force is responding to FAQs sent to us by public librarians.
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 this issue of Library Technology Reports, Jenny Levine illustrates how librarians can reap positive gains by proactively, creatively, and affordably integrating gaming into the services and programs already offered at libraries.
Author Kelly Czarnecki shows you how to host gaming events for all different types of users.
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.
ALSC's committee to administer and evaluate ALSC’s Great Websites within the criteria and procedures established for selection and reconsideration.
In this article the authors trace the history of ebooks and e-readers from the early beginnings to the current explosion of ebook use. While libraries started to experiment with ebooks relatively late, they have jumped upon the ebook bandwagon within the last few years. Problems have arisen with proprietary formats, licensing rather than ownership, and the mechanics of ebook circulation.
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
Today’s teens immerse themselves in the world of technology as never before. This book will help librarians, educators, and parents be effective technology mentors for students.
The IFC Privacy subcommittee monitors ongoing privacy developments in technology (in cooperation with the Library & Information Technology Association), politics and legislation (in cooperation with the Committee on Legislation), and social trends; to identify needs and resources for librarians and library users; to propose action to IFC on resolutions, policies, and guidelines as well as on educational, informational, promotional and other projects; and to collaborate with other organizations (e.g., LITA and COL).
The authors walk you through choosing the right software, including setting up a Google Voice account instead of buying a cell phone for your text messaging reference service. It also covers how to assess the needs of your library, get staff buy-in to implement a new program and change the culture at your library, as well as organize and implement a staff training program.
The ACRL Image Resources Interest Group provides a forum for ongoing discussion of the unique issues presented by the development and support of interdisciplinary image resources in academic libraries.
Here are links to help with information literacy at your library.
The article discusses developments in the software that supports library ebook lending.
Collaborative Digitization Group Interest Group for library cooperatives which are combinations, mergers, or contractual associations of one or more types of libraries (academic, public, special, or school) crossing jurisdictional, institutional, or political boundaries, working together to achieve maximum effective use of funds to provide library and information services to all citizens above and beyond those which can be provided through one institution.
Let's quickly answer the question - yes it is. Now I'll explain why I believe this
With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content management system (CMS) with many library-related applications
Facing the rapid transition to ebooks together, rather than in isolated camps, librarians, publishers, authors, and readers can ensure that we meet our missions on all fronts. This series of conversations is a start, aspiring to illuminate the issues and opportunities by placing librarians and publishers at the same table.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Cody Hanson provides a foundation for moving your library into the mobile world.
From promoting the idea to teachers and administrators to aligning specific games to state and national education standards, this book will help you build a strong collection that speaks to enhanced learning and social development and is just plain fun.
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.
This book provides a sound background to all aspects of library provision for 6–18 year olds. The book outlines a vision for children’s library services in the next decade and carves out a strategy for engaging with the challenges and opportunities for children’s librarians and policy makers in the Google environment.
Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. Introducing what autism spectrum disorder is, and identifying the great need to build and manage programs for autistic youth, Farmer offers librarians in or outside a school environment all the information they need to build a library literacy program geared towards these children.
Library Videos and Webcasts has the building blocks you need to effectively, affordably, and easily create and broadcast high-quality webcasts to your library users, staff and the social networking sites beyond.
Discussions between libraries and the big six publishers over e-book lending have grabbed headlines in 2012, but despite cordial statements from each side about the benefits of communication, a report released this month from the American Library Association suggests the two sides remain far from a breakthrough.
E-books are an especially exciting development for print-disabled and blind readers because their properties make them ideal for finding alternative forms of access. When an e-book is presented in an accessible format on an accessible e-book reader, the user can choose to read the book using text-to-speech, Braille, or magnification.
As a provider of public space and digital content, your library is duty-bound to promote equitable access to all users, regardless of whether they use assistive technology. In this issue of Library Technology Reports, editor Booth makes the case that that attention to the core principles of consistency, flexibility, and simplicity go hand in hand with libraries’ commitments to open information and accessibility
In times of recession, the library is more critical than ever for those who want to start a business and need to do research, and academic and public libraries are at the heart of a growing need to research business questions. An “accidental business reference librarian by trade,” Ross explains how to provide quality reference help on issues from marketing to finance--for business people, students, and even business faculty.
Two companies, one large, one small, are ready to help you digitally map your library.
Microblogging and lifestreaming applications like Twitter, Tumblr, and Friend Feed are all around you and your users in everyday life. In Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries, author Robin M. Hastings presents a practical primer to help any library transform these cutting-edge, budget-friendly services into highly effective professional tools.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed an app to help students search for books, read summaries, and find their way through the library.
Mobile Technology and Libraries is a practical, easy-to-follow new resource that will walk you through the start-to-finish steps for strengthening your library’s mobile presence.
Focusing on titles dealing with ethnic and religious groups both in the U.S. and around the world, this useful resource makes it easy for teachers and librarians working with middle-school children to infuse their curricular area with multicultural literature.
With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit (case number: 12-2373) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are eligible.
McGraw-Hill Professional launched a new ebook platform on May 13 that offers libraries one-to-four-year subscription plans and unlimited concurrent usage.
This group gives LITA a discussion space devoted to developments in the library catalog, its nature and scope, and its interfaces.
Help your library stand out within the crowded landscape of information providers with Marshall Breeding’s new, highly practical guide to interactive next-generation library catalogs. Learn how to give your users access to a wide selection of print and electronic content with this jargon-free, step-by-step guide.
This concise guide will help you choose and implement the techniques and best practices used by today's forward-thinking libraries to create the best possible patron experiences. You’ll learn website clean-up strategies, how to incorporate social media into your site, how to create and offer interactive and collaborative subject guides, promote your librarians with public profiles, and use crowd sourcing to create a collection with user input.
This practical guide simplifies the legal principles concerning applications like YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Slideshare to ensure that readers use these tools safely and responsibly.
This guidebook serves as a primer to developing and supporting social science statistical and numerical data sources in the academic library.
For librarians, researchers, and many other library users, the open access movement has enabled easy and reliable access to a wide range of new publications. Don’t let your materials stay hidden under a rock—facilitate access by learning to be proactive with the expert advice of copyright authority Kenneth D. Crews.
Experienced technology trainers Kovacs and Adler will explain what open source means, how it works, and will demonstrate its many applications for libraries and librarians.
The author argues that libraries should take more responsibility for its eBook collections by deciding where and how to house content and protect copyright rather than leaving it up to vendors.
In the age of ubiquitous access to information and mass digitization of materials, library special collections have received renewed attention, though most of this is focused on making these unique collections available outside of holding institutions through digitization. Beyond “hands-on history,” courses from across the curriculum may be enriched through assignments, experiences, and activities that draw upon or incorporate local or unusual items, primary sources, or material culture – particularly the book as art object or artifact.
In this book, practicing serials and collections librarians representing a variety of disciplines in the sciences and social sciences as well as law and medicine, describe fresh approaches to some of the complex concerns raised by the new hybrid environment.
Technology helps libraries do what they do best: connect people with resources and ideas – including books, virtual reference, e-books, and training. Freedom of information is fundamental to the American way of life, and free and full access sets us apart from many countries. Our nation’s system of 16,604 public libraries ensures all people may find the information they need and want—in print or online.
perspectives on public libraries and the Internet in terms of past and future themes
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $99,957 grant to OCLC for a new initiative, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change.
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
There are a variety of public services tasks that technical services librarians or staff may be asked to perform, including scheduled times at the reference or circulation desks, bibliographic instruction, and taking over subject specialist responsibilities. In this e-forum, we discussed what kinds of public services responsibilities you perform, the training you received, how that training is refreshed (or how you are kept in the loop), and how you balance these responsibilities with your technical services duties.
Publisher’s Weekly posted an article on its blog that allowed various publishing industry professionals from a variety of outlets to expand on the generally accepted prediction that ebooks will make up 50% of total trade book sales within five years.
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.
Qualitative Research and the Modern Library includes examples of qualitative studies, different methodologies and application, and their relevance to libraries.
This eCourse will guide you in writing useful, concise, legally-sound standards and guidelines for providing reference through social media. With a solid foundation of best practices, and practical advice on implementation and ongoing assessment, you and your colleagues will communicate with library users in a consistent and reliable way.
Librarians discuss the bewildering case of college students who prefer digital formats for almost anything showing a reluctance to e-textbooks.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports Virginia Tech librarians Miller, Meir, and Moorfield-Lang offer a collection of first-hand accounts of academic library projects using tablets.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports King draws from his team’s four-year experience running the acclaimed digital branch of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL). From website tweaks to staffing issues, King outlines recommended strategies and workflow plans for continually meeting library users’ needs and effectively highlighting library programs and services.
RUSA committee to create, collect, and disseminate information on all aspects of electronic reference services in public libraries, and to represent interests of librarians concerned with planning, managing, or conducting electronic reference services in public libraries.
This complete how-to offers proven tips and techniques for creating engaging screencasts and publishing them on the Web.
If you’re interested in learning more about screencasts and hearing tips on how to create them, this is the perfect on-demand webinar for you! Screencasts are excellent tools for demonstrating software, teaching computer skills, and visually sharing step-by-step navigation of websites and databases.
Library services that target children from birth through teenage years.
This page includes resources for serving a wide range of populations that may be underserved, or where specialized resources are desirable.
In this workshop, Milly Lugo, joined by Radames Suarez, will demonstrate how you can confidently provide Spanish-language programming, materials and library outreach regardless of your ability to speak Spanish.
Annual report detailing the current condition of America's libraries. The report includes a section on eBooks.
Storypanda’s first iOS app, Storypanda Books, is now ready to help kids read, create and share their very own interactive stories.
Kathy will share ideas and tips for you to consider when making decisions about how to spend your library's e-book budget.
Today the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project announced that tablet and e-book reader ownership nearly doubled over the holidays. Overall, 29 percent of U.S. adults now own at least one of these devices.
Listservs, discussion boards, conference presentations, and journal articles have already put forth some imaginative uses for tablet computers in the academic setting, and this edited volume collects the best of these cutting-edge ideas from a range of contributors.
Cuyahoga County Library now helps patrons utilize their new e-readers and learn about the devices before making a purchase through technology petting zoos and workshops.
The Changing Academic Library, Second Edition, number 65 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) series, is a completely revised, enhanced, and updated edition of John M. Budd’s The Changing Academic Library. It presents a critical examination of major issues facing colleges and universities and the unique challenges that their libraries must come to grips with.
This article addresses some of the important actions taken by librarians, publishers and vendors to cope with changes forced by both the economy and budget pressures, by the continued migration of scholarly resources to electronic formats, and by current and planned eBook activities and new eBooks models.
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.
Gaming services epitomize library as third place, creating a community gathering spot between home and work/school. That third place encourages play, socialization, and cultural enrichment. Libraries looking for ways to reach beyond their traditional patron base are turning to gaming.
Sue Polanka has compiled an expert-authored series of articles for this issue of Library Technology Reports that provide strategies, best practices, and case studies for meeting the unprecedented legal, technological, and vendor challenges that come with e-book purchasing.
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.
This wide-ranging survey takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, analyzing how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed over the past few decades.
The role of the public library is transforming to include an essential function as technology provider and trainer. This issue of Library Technology Reports focuses on the evolution and current state of public-access technologies in public libraries from the perspectives of infrastructure, services, and resources.
A report by OITP which takes a look at how the adoption of mobile technology alters the traditional relationships between libraries and their users. This report includes examples of libraries utilizing mobile catalogs, apps, and technologies.
The UK Publishers Association issued guidelines in October, 2010, including one requiring patrons to be physically present at a library branch in order to download an eBook for borrowing. The reaction seemed to be in response to one library in the UK offering to lend eBooks outside its service area.
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.
In this weeklong workshop Jennifer LaGarde will show you how to engage with teens by “speaking their language,” using technology to connect with young adults on their own level. You’ll also learn how you can harness social media and mobile technology to build innovative library programming and instruction.
This webinar will cover new research on the opportunities and challenges associated with using third-party MOOCs in campus-based courses. In collaboration with the University System of Maryland, Ithaka S+R worked with faculty members at six campuses to try incorporating MOOCs in more than a dozen courses. The presenters will share findings from these tests.
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and Michel shows readers how to integrate these into existing library websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services.
Based on the past months of work on ebooks, publishers, and distributors, the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) completed and released its report “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries” in early August as a means of sharing some of what we learned with the library community at large.
Wikis for Libraries gives you the practical tools and easy-to-follow guidance you need to establish an effective wiki in your own library. Author Lauren Pressley walks you through each step, from the first stages of planning to post-evaluation measures.
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.
In this informative volume, veteran author Kane interviews dozens of practicing librarians who are highly involved with technology as part of their day-to-day jobs.
MacKellar shares easy-to-understand graphics and examples that make writing proposals for technology projects simple and easy.
This kit provides libraries with 1) resources to help library workers gain confidence in using tech resources with teens and 2) with specific tech tools that can easily be incorporated into library services for teens. It is critical for libraries to stay relevant in teens’ lives, especially in technology.