At our first stop this morning, we got a chance to dig in to a bit more depth on some of the backend tools used to connect users with electronic resources, while our afternoon included lots of discussion about framing library interface design through the lens of user behavior and analytics. One of the first things we heard: we’ve got to do a better job of delivering books and articles to users.
One fascinating surprise of the Roadshow: more libraries are jumping on the augmented reality bandwagon than I previously suspected.
In libraries, it’s not about the banality of “doing more with less,” but facing the reality. As I wrote about previously, Charlotte Mecklenburg has been working hard to refocus their efforts following the budget hardships of the past few years. And as with many libraries, Singleton and his staff have sought to bolster these renewed […]
Building a Better Programming Widget and Job Center Stats: Great Library Roadshow Travelog #1, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
After meeting at the Charlotte Airport in the morning, we headed straight to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML) for our first stop in to chat with librarians and a number of users.
I am very excited to announce a trip that’s been in the works for a few weeks now, which we’ve modestly dubbed The Great Library Roadshow. Along with Library Journal, this excellent experiment is being cosponsored by OCLC in celebration of WorldShare. The basics: two of my esteemed librarian colleagues and friends — Lisa Carlucci Thomas and Patrick “PC” Sweeney — and I will be traveling from Charlotte, NC, to Philadelphia, PA, blogging, vlogging, and tweeting our way to as many libraries as we can handle looking for innovative apps, platforms, and services.
Imagine you’re an author of a book that was published a few years ago, but you’ve retained ebook rights. Someone wants to be able to give away digital copies of the book for free to an unlimited number of readers. What sort of fee should you demand?
A new annual survey of the total U.S. book publishing industry released today shows growing revenue and, even without numbers from 2011, exponential ebook sales.