CIL 2011: eBooks & Their Growing Value for Libraries
3/22/2011 04:22:00 PM | Author: Christa
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Amy Pawlowski, Web Applications Manager, Cleveland Public Library
Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries
Ellen Druda, Librarian, Internet Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Rosemarie Jerome, Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Bianca Crowley, Biodiversity Heritage Library Collections Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution

Sue Polanka and Amy Pawlowski

Cleveland PL - started in 2003 with 1000 titles, now have 55,000.

Public Library Future
Library Journal report - 72% of public libraries offer eBooks.
5% circulate preloaded ereaders. 1/5 of US pop read 2 books a week.

Academic Library Future
94% of academic libraries offer ebooks.
by 2020, 80% of budget will be econtent.
87% of students say online libraries/databases have an impact on their learning.
50% of students find etextbooks have an impact their learning.
65% of academic libraries offer or plan to offer services via handheld device
by 2015 25% of textbook revenue will be etextbooks.

Value for Libraries

24/7 access
Econtent meets users where they are - distance ed, virtual reference, mobile websites, self service research - LibGuides
no shelf/storage space needed
free ebook collections - provide links, add records to your catalog (will cost $$)
Stay current/relevant by providing service to growing demographic - by 2015 30 million US will own eReaders.

Economic Impact
collection development budget will have to shift from print to econtent.
cost effectiveness - print - cost of book, shipping, processing, cataloging - ebook - cost of book and cataloging.

Position Your Library
Public Library

Find/create a consortium purchase to afford it.
Know the products/platforms and how they work.
Create programing around devices
Collection development plan - must add new titles regularly.
Figure out how it will fit in your budget - is it part of materials, databases, something new?
TRAINING - for staff.

Academic Library
Must be viable on campus
Future is eContent, not just eBooks
Understand your limitations - vendors, DRM, formats - work together towards a sustainable future
ALA task forces on Digital Content - get involved, watch what they're doing.
Library Renewal - created by librarians.
Brand our content so patrons know its being purchased and provided by the library.
Digital textbooks - make sure your faculty knows they're coming.

eBooks and Reading Clubs
Ellen Druda, Librarian, Internet Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Traditional book club readers have trouble with technology, not really interested in eBooks/eReaders.

3 groups of readers
- tech-savvy eBook readers
- Traditional book club readers
- everyone else

Want to pull readers together.
Need staff training first.
Laptop. Sony reader, iPad Color Nook. One-on-one training for patrons - works best with their users.
Marketing campaign - "Ask Me About eBooks". Staff wear buttons. Provided with script so they know what to say.

used iDrakula - updated Dracula story - communicate with text, email, etc, instead of letters like original. discussion group - Skyped in author, Bekka Black. mostly attracted teens.

Nook - brought in a Barnes and Noble rep to show it off.

Book discussion summit to be held in April - try to get all types of readers together.

The Evolution of a Summer Reading Program
Rosemarie Jerome, Librarian, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

For years, did it all on paper - registration, review slips - 2-5 people typically registered each year.

Went digital for registration - over 50 registered.

Reviewer's blog - available to everyone.

Skyped in author Jennifer Egan. 40 registered, over 100 reviews on the blog.

Books on the Go
2011 marketing plan to combine summer reading program with eBooks. hhhlibrary .org - Readers' Connection.

Fishing for the Right Content in a Sea of Free E-books
Bianca Crowley, Biodiversity Heritage Library Collections Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution

Add titles weekly, all for free.

Work with the Internet Archive to scan, digitize, store their items. Send metadata along when scanning is done. Use non-damaging scanner.

Entire BHL collection is public domain. Open access. Can re-use, re-purpose for your own use - encouraged!

Can download eContent items from Internet Archive into your own catalog. Created search based on LCSH subjects. Need to be careful about what it will bring in - some great items, some bad hits. Need to refine search terms and try again.

Looking for more digitized repositories that they can add to their catalog.
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