October 30, 2014

Survey: Library Ebook Growth Slowing but Still Substantial

Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report

Ninety-five percent of public libraries currently offer ebooks to patrons, up from 72 percent in 2010, and 89 percent in both 2012 and 2013. However, money remains the biggest impediment for libraries looking to add ebooks or expand collections, according to Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report, sponsored by Freading. The growth in demand for ebooks has cooled during the past four years, although as the report notes, this “is only because [ebooks] have become less of a novelty and more mainstream.”

Classroom Management Tricks: Timers and a tool to control noise | Cool Tools

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As every teacher knows, good classroom management can make the difference between a great class experience and a poor one. While technology doesn’t replace the need for a solid approach to classroom management, tech tools, including these, can certainly help.

No Waiting! New From the Seattle Public Library: “E-books Now”

From the Seattle Public Library: Patrons of The Seattle Public Library can now see which e-books are currently available for immediate check out. E-books Now! is a new way to find and download e-books from the Library’s catalog. Patrons can search or browse the Library’s digital collection of items that are currently available, with no […]

Update to Adobe Digital Editions Now Online (Version 4.01) & Privacy Policy Updated

Here’s a formal statement from Adobe announcing an update to Digital Editions. Now, today’s statement from Adobe. The Digital Editions 4 software update (Digital Editions 4.0.1), which addresses the collection and transmission of certain usage data in clear text,* is now available. With this latest version of Digital Editions 4, the data is sent to […]

eBooks: Odilo Signs Three Year eBook Management/Lending Deal With The Library Network in SE Michigan

Note: We’ve mentioned Odilo several times on infoDOCKET in the past. Most notably in January 2014 when the European-based company was awarded a contract to power Colorado’s statewide ebook service, EVOKE. About five weeks ago we pointed out that Odilo had just received $2.8 million in VC funding. From Today’s Announcement: The Library Network (TLN), […]

The True Cost of Free Internet Services | Next Big Thing

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We must be willing to pay for Internet products that enhance learning.

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

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Privacy around what students read, along with other personal data, may be at risk due to software giant Adobe’s transmission of the data without encryption. Student rights are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the confidentiality of student records.

OverDrive API Usage Indicates Growth of Ebook Checkouts via OPAC

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OverDrive is currently processing 350 million API server calls per month, and has supported 1.3 million checkouts via APIs to date in 2014, according to internal data given to LJ. API use has also risen steadily each quarter, with almost 233,000 checkouts during the first three months of the year, more than 529,000 in Q2, an estimated 692,000 in Q3, and a projection of at least 1 million during the final three months of the year.

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

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The Westport Library’s ongoing efforts to support its Maker Space, including Maker in Residence programs and the recent acquisition of two programmable robots, have helped establish a virtuous cycle in which residents have begun working on their own projects and helping one another independently.