April 15, 2014

Digital Comics in Libraries: Q&A on Library Edition from ComicsPlus, and Keeping Tabs on Cost Per Circ

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The nonprofit Reading With Pictures (RWP), helmed by the ebullient Josh Elder, has partnered with digital comics distributor iVerse Media to set up ComicsPlus: Library Edition, a new service allows libraries to circulate a wide selection of digital comics with both user-friendly and library friendly features.

Next Year’s Model

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Sarah Ludwig left the library, became a tech coordinator, and forged a path to the future. SLJ’s cover story.

Perseus Marketing Exec Rick Joyce on Crafting a Digital Book Strategy

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SLJ spoke to the publishing exec, Rick Joyce of Perseus Books, about the changes that are rocking the world of children’s and teen books—and how libraries, publishers, and authors can navigate them successfully.

Q&A: SirsiDynix CEO Bill Davison on Social Networking, Self-service, Mashups, and Ebooks in Libraries

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At LJ’s Virtual Tech Summit, “Power to the Patron: From Systems to Services,” held on December 8, librarians and tech experts took on an array of topics facing libraries, including social networking, self-service, mashups using application programming interfaces (APIs), and the future of integrated library systems (ILSs). Library automation company SirsiDynix was a platinum sponsor of the summit, and LJ asked its CEO, Bill Davison, to weigh in on the issues.

Power to the Patron Q&A: San José Public Library’s Nate Hill on Making Use of Mobile Tech

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As part of the preparation for the upcoming LJ Virtual Tech Summit on December 8, The Digital Shift has been featuring interviews with some of the panelists (including Darien Library’s Gretchen Caserotti and Brigham Young University’s Michael Whitchurch). Most recently, LJ touched base with Nate Hill, web librarian at San José Public Library, CA, to discuss mobile tech in libraries.

Power to the Patron Q&A: Darien Library’s Gretchen Caserotti on Self-Service

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As part of the preparation for the upcoming LJ Virtual Tech Summit on December 8, The Digital Shift is featuring interviews with some of the panelists. LJ talked to Gretchen Caserotti, assistant director for public services at Darien Library, CT, and a 2010 LJ Mover & Shaker, about self-service at Darien Library.

Power to the Patron Q&A: BYU’s Michael Whitchurch on Mobile Trends in Libraries

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As part of the preparation for the upcoming LJ Virtual Tech Summit on December 8, The Digital Shift is featuring interviews with some of the panelists. First up is Michael Whitchurch, chair of the Learning Commons Department in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, who will take part in a panel on “Mobile Apps: What Do Users Need?” LJ asked Whitchurch a few questions about QR codes and other mobile trends in libraries.

Librarian-Publisher Dialog: Martha Cornog Talks to Bob Harras of DC Comics

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The archetype-defining DC Comics has relaunched its entire superhero universe, crystallized in the “New 52” series that started last month. This includes well-known characters that have been around for decades, like Batman and the JLA team (Justice League of America), as well as lesser-known or newer characters like Mister Terrific and Batwing. What’s more, DC went to simultaneous release for all 52 in both print and digital formats. We caught up with DC Editor in Chief Bob Harras about the series and what it could mean for libraries.

Ebook Marketplace Q&A: David Burleigh, OverDrive

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“Libraries will serve in the same role they always have: As curators of information for their communities. Librarians are ‘information specialists’ and they will continue to connect readers with all forms of reading. Patrons will come to libraries for recommendations of what to read next and to find and discover relevant information.”

Ebook Marketplace Q&A: Scott Wasinger, EBSCO Publishing

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The next big innovation to impact the ebook landscape should be broad availability of text books in electronic format once a business model is reached that publishers can be comfortable with. In the meantime, consolidation of eBook companies and increasing competition is driving innovations for better eBook products and services for libraries.