May 4, 2016

EBook Reader Ownership Falls. Duh.

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A Pew Research Center survey has discovered something that some might be surprised to read: “Today, about one-in-five adults (19%) report owning an e-reader, while in early 2014 that share was a third (32%).” This is quite a notable drop, especially considering that MP3 player ownership has dropped only slightly in the same period. One […]

A Well Connected Lineup at The Digital Shift

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On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal will present The Digital Shift, their sixth annual virtual conference examining the challenges and opportunities that the ever-changing digital landscape presents for libraries and their communities. This year’s theme, “Libraries Connecting Communities,” will bring together a variety of speakers and panelists to discuss the tools, services, and strategies today’s libraries need to stay connected—to users, students, stakeholders, and each other. Registration is free, and it promises to be an exciting day-long event—check out the presentations and poster sessions, and follow along on Twitter at #TDS15. Below are some sessions of note, and links to some of last year’s highlights.

Jim Schmidt on Analytics, Widgets, Digital Magazines, and Other Aspects of the Digital Shift

On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their sixth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities.” Recorded Books is a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Jim Schmidt, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, and services that they need—and to one another.

Capstone Offers Matching Grants for Ebooks

Schools can apply to MN-based publisher Capstone to receive a matching grant toward the purchase of its interactive ebooks in a program announced today.

Knowledge Continues to be Unlatched

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I’ve written before about two similar efforts to open up books by having individuals (Unglue.it) or libraries (Knowledge Unlatched) pledge money until a certain total has been raised. They both continue to work at these efforts, and KU recently announced a new offering for libraries to consider. The “KU Collection,” as it is dubbed, includes 78 new […]

George Coe on App Fatigue, Title Level ROI, and other aspects of the Digital Shift

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On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their sixth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities.” Baker & Taylor Inc. is a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to George Coe, George F. Coe, President and CEO of Baker & Taylor, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, and services that they need—and to one another.

Work Smarter Through “Extreme Listening” | SLJ Summit 2015

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CEO of Caravan Studios Marnie Webb unpacked design thinking in her SLJ Summit keynote, providing a model for developing projects, from idea to prototype, through deep, empathetic listening.

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs

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No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space

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Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.

Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” on the iPad | Touch and Go

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Our reviewer Pam Schembri cites the performers’ commentary as one of the strengths of this production, and calls it “a treasure for both professionals, students of music, and dabblers.”