Overdrive is launching a test to see how much of an impact ebooks are having in the publishing world. The goal is to put ebooks on the “map” so to speak, by seeing if one title is promoted across participating libraries, how much that will drive consumer choices in purchasing that title, or other titles by the same author. If the results are favorable, it may lead to more publishers becoming ebook lending library friendly. Read the whole article here.
The book that will launch the experiment
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Infopeople has put up a survey regarding eBooks and eReaders. Take the survey here.
Registration is now open for:
The Future of Libraries 8.0: Creating Our Own Future
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (sign-in 9:00 – 9:30)
$30 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
The Future of Libraries 8.0 is the eighth in an annual series of one-day conferences where speakers highlight innovations taking place in libraries today. This year’s conference theme will be Creating Our Own Future, with the following sessions:
Open Source ILS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Learn about the experiences of local public libraries that have moved to Koha and Evergreen open-source integrated library systems. Presenters: Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Public Library; Stacy DeMatteo, formerly Salinas Public Library and now with Naval Postgraduate School Library; Ann Young, Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Library-Managed E-book Platforms, with a focus on Califa’s new project. Presenters: Heather Teysko, Califa Library Group; Paula MacKinnon, Contra Costa County Library
I-Street Press: Print-on-demand and other creative technologies in libraries. Presenter: Rivkah Sass, Sacramento Public Library
Bringing the Past to the Present: Libraries, Interactive Local History and Augmented Reality: ScanJose and more. Presenters : Sandra Stewart and Lauren Miranda-Gilbert, San José Public Library; Christina Moretta, San Francisco Public Library
Further details about the conference will be posted to this list when they become available. For more information and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=482
Happy 2012 for all of us. Hopefully, the year goes a little better for libraries (hope is free, right?). Here’s a little synopsis of the eBook wars of 2011 from Go to Hellman.
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The Librarian in Black has an illuminating post about some detective work that fellow librarian Ryan Claringbole undertook regarding Overdrive. In a nutshell, Overdrive is limiting e-book catalog options depending on how patrons are authenticated in each library system. It’s in the contract, so they aren’t doing anything wrong, but is it right? Read the whole story here. What do you think about these kinds of practices in our libraries? Do you think libraries have the right to be upset if they sign the contract? Is there another up and coming option to Overdrive?
Infopeople is offering a course on The Wild and Wooly World of Ebooks in Public Libraries. It’s a four-week long course beginning Jan. 17th, and will cover all aspects for the green staff member, who has not yet launched into promoting digital collections. The course is online, and a bargain at $75 for those in the California library community.