August 29, 2014

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Making Ebooks Visible at Academic Libraries

How are academic librarians making their patrons aware of ebook options? An afternoon panel at yesterday’s LJ’s and School Library Journal’s virtual summit, “Ebooks: The New Normal,” tackled just that.

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: More School Libraries Offer Ebooks; Increased Demand, Rise in Circulation

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Despite severe budget constraints, the number of school libraries offering ebooks is on the rise-and a majority of media specialists plan to add digital books to their collections over the next two years, says a new study by School Library Journal and Library Journal.

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Offering Patrons More Than One Delivery Platform

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The panel on ebooks strategy in public libraries took a turn to the practical, with the focus on platforms (OverDrive, B&T’s Axis 360 and Blio, and 3M’s Cloud Library ebook), collaboration through consortia, selection, purchasing, and marketing of ebooks.

Two things were crystal clear, however: ebooks use has exploded in public libraries. And OverDrive isn’t the only kid on the block. In answer to questions from attendees on how to select a vendor, those who have added other ebook platforms along with OverDrive all said they were looking at providers’ maintenance fees and at their own financial resources.

Notes From the 2011 Ebook Summit

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Sharon Moreland, Technology Consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System, attended and took some impressive notes during today’s virtual summit, Ebooks: The New Normal, including these highlights from Library Journals’ VP, Group Publisher Ian Singer’s presentation of data from our hot-off-the presses 2011 Ebook Penetration & Use Reports.

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Academic Panel Tackles PDA, Ebook Discovery

Four academic librarians at different stages of implementing patron-driven acquisition (PDA) at their institutions share a range of experiences as they tackled issues surrounding PDA and ebook discovery.

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit Panelists Remind Librarians of an Old Creed: Free to All

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The keynote panel at a virtual ebook summit held Wednesday by Library Journal and School Library Journal brought together panelists from three very different sectors of the library world who, nonetheless, found common ground, particularly on the need to ensure equitable access to digital materials.

Four Librarians, Four Ereaders, One Month

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As LJ gears up for its virtual summit, Ebooks: The New Normal, on October 12, four librarians at Oregon State University give their takes on four ereaders patrons are using right now.

Principal Eric Sheninger on Leadership 2.0

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The principal of New Milford High School in Bergen County, Sheninger employs a full range of social media, from Twitter to Facebook, to foster “six pillars” of leadership, from professional development to communication, broadcasting in real time everything from sports scores to campus news across the entire school community.

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit 2011: “Don’t Buy Ebooks”

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The way forward remains unclear for public libraries regarding new-release fiction in ebook form. School libraries, on the other hand, are lucky to have an amazing group of independent publishers working to resolve the issues. In the case of nonfiction, many of our publishers are offering unlimited, simultaneous access to ebooks. They recognize that ebook usage is governed by math and statistical probability.

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.”