Computers in Libraries — My Notes from March 23

Computers in Libraries 2012 Conference

CIL 2012 Notes
March 23rd

Keynote:  Creating Inspiring Services, Michael Edison (Smithsonian)
“Come, let us go boldly into the present”,
Highly recommends:  Ted talk by Sir Ken Robinson —
Book — Wikinomics
Tim O’Reilly “What is web 2.0?” —

He stresses “the present”.  Many great things happening.  Pay attention to what is happening.

5 patterns used by successful organizations
1.) Extraterrestrial Space Auditor — be impartial.  Listen to what the organization says it does, and then look to see if it actually does that.
2.) Think expansively about platform.
3.) Edge to core — people on the edge are innovators (identify edge stuff).
4.) focus on mission — keep moving, focus on mission, use technology that helps the mission.
5.) Place the bet.

Marketing eBooks/Ereaders:  Four Libraries, Four Approaches — Howard County, Calvert, Harford County and CCPL.

Howard Public Library in Maryland started checking out Nooks.  Bought 60 to begin with. Had over 600 people in the queue to check one out, so bought 10 more.   The Nooks were given a library screen saver, protective screen and logo on case.
* bought other readers to play with
* held classes for patrons
* worked on using with OverDrive
* trained customers individually
* Apple and Barnes and Noble stores were sending customers to the library
* bought Kindles
* trained staff with e-readers
* 111 customers attended class on what e-readers to buy
* all branches began offering one-on-one classes

Harford County Maryland — diverse population; purchased e-readers for branches, used these to show how to download e-books, also had a dedicated PC that had adobe additions, etc.; his advice was to communicate often.

CCPL — Carroll County (Northern Maryland) — (received Grant) Checkout IPad in-house only for 2 hours; 30 IPads; 6 Kindles; 6 Sony Readers; 6 Nooks; Cabled all of them to tables. Created a “Tech Bar” where the devices were all locked down.  The two hour IPad check-out was not tethered.

Calvert Library (also received Grant) — 18 Kindles; 54 Nook Colors; loaded certain collections on each of them, e.g. Best Sellers, Teen Titles, Mysteries, etc.  Personalized the wallpaper and print logo on the bag. Circulating e-readers has made the local population see the library as a place to read e-books.  He suggested getting an Apple corporate account for IPads, so you can control what can go on with more than one IPad.

Future of e-books

Allison Griffin (Ingram Coutts); Ken Breen (EBSCO Host); Andromeda Yelton (Gluejar); Mike Shontz (OverDrive)
Andromeda — Startup asking authors to publish their ebooks on their site and then sell to libraries and others.

Library Values:
1.) privacy — e-books stored in cloud; require sign-on; tracking
2.) sharing — We value it. The DRM and licensing typical don’t allow sharing.
3.) preservation — have to put them on servers you own; must be able to shift with format changes
4.) access to information — content be available digitally, for whom?

* what about “wrong” technology
* e-readers not compatible
* what if patrons print disabled?
* the patrons of today, or tomorrow? You end up paying money to upkeep out dated stuff.

The future is tradeoffs of values. Hopefully we can be honest and articulate why we are trading off, and how.  Gluejar is trying to have a balanced approach.  No need to sign in to share because the works will have a creative common license.  You can keep files on your platform and make copies.  It’s all in Alpha right now, no content.

EBSCO — Claims will only charge publishers recommended retail price for e-books. No more fees.

Ingram Coutts — Coutts is the academic side of Ingram. They have e-book platform PDF and EPub.
* Libraries shifting from large collection to more like print model, i.e. one-at-a-time titles.
* Publishers are re-accessing whether to stock print books.
* some shutting down warehouse.  Last June, Cambridge housing all back titles at Ingram.
* print on demand is getting better
* publishers looking at lowering the cost of traditional print and entering e-market.
* publishers exploring new price models.
* very profound changes going on in publishing industries
* POD (purchase on demand) where patrons or libraries can purchase.

Mike Shontz (OverDrive) — we hear a lot of negative about e-books, however the future is bright and there is growing demand.
OverDrive has over 1,000 publishers.  Provides one place to access all these publishers.
They provide a gateway to e-books for library patrons.  Libraries even get proceeds if customers buy from their catalog.  They include a reader’s advisory service, e.g. “If you like this, then you’ll also like this.”

I asked the panel if vendors were looking at continuing delivery of MARC records, or records in some other format, to the libraries.  They all said that the demand seems to still be very strong.  OverDrive says that there are competitors to OCLC on the horizon, such as Sky River and TLC, and that MARC records should come down in price. They also said that they provide publisher records, not MARC records, for free.  I asked later about this, and he said to send him e-mail.  My hope is that we can somehow convert these to MARCXML and ingest them into our discovery tool.

E-book Issues and Challenges: Debrief

Chad — E-books are not new; people are just getting instant access to them now. Why can’t people give their e-books to the library? Print is declining, but libraries do so much more.  Why are vendors selling to libraries? He worries that libraries are renting, not owning e-books.

He praised Douglas County Library System on what they have done in setting up their own hosting system for e-Books, see:
Their servers are only hosting self-published and small press  books right now, the large publisher’s claim there is too much administrative overhead to sell the titles directly to a library.  However, there is a growing amount of self-published work.  I can see a setup like this as a GREAT answer to individual Universities for acting as a textbook publisher for their own faculty.
Small presses they have agreements with:

  • Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)
  • Gale/Cengage Learning
  • Lerner Digital
  • Marshall Cavendish
  • Independent Publishers Group (IPG)
  • ABDO Publishing Group
  • BookBrewer
  • Dzanc Books
  • Infobase Learning
  • Book View Café

Chad says that academics should push open access, especially with scholars (MIT Open Scholar: )

Ken Roberts:  argues that it is best to agreement between publishers and vendors.
Buff Hamilton:  K-12 Librarian says she couldn’t justify the cost of OverDrive, since it was really like a rental.  She may not have the funds next year, and no e-books to show for it.
Matt Barnes:  ebrary found that 81% of library patrons preferred e-books.  So the demand is there, but not enough products yet. Cost and ILL restrictions are a real problem for libraries.  eBrary is in talks with OCLC regarding possibility of providing ILL.
Erin Stand — owns company “Book Lamp”
, which breaks down e-text. Said last months “Tools to Change” for publisher last month showed that publishers were scared of what the ebook market is doing.  He said that some of this has gone down, but still very palpable.
He really loves to use the Kindle voice. Finds he can listen when he commutes, then read later.  (reads many, many more books).  Pretty amazed by digital publications.
His site works as a reader’s advisor and work with the book genome project:

The reason we don’t see as many back lists in e-book form is that publishers are scurrying to get rights to their back and middle list. As soon as they can get these, they put them up as e-books.

The Dataverse Network: — open source application for publishing, citing and discovering research data.


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