This Washington Post article reprinted in the Anchorage Daily News has some interesting information on how reading on screens is changing our reading habits and even the way we process what we're reading. This is especially important to librarians as we struggle with the question of maintaining a print collection while building up our digital resources. Katie
I know many of our secondary staff look at the statistics for our eBook program in dismay and wonder why we are bothering. I hope you will take time to read this article titled "E-books surge as devices multiply — but print holds fast" which references a recent PEW research report. It would also be good to read "New Digital Book World Report on Kids and E-Reading" which talks about the reading habits of younger children AND as important how their parents are approaching reading and the use of devices.
Secondary folks should be positioning themselves for the students who are coming because they will be coming and they'll be a different reader. I know we can all take heart that the statistics show print is still holding strong. However think about the challenge this represents. How do we budget to support two platforms? What do we get in print, what in eBook format? I recommend watching our patrons very closely and frequently surveying their interests in both formats and tailoring our collections as carefully as possible to our readers. Katie
Check out this great S'more flyer Shannon has created to advertise the weekly workshops she's putting on for her teachers on things like Mackin Ebooks and Edmodo and Biblionasium!!!
Hope this inspires you to provide some training for your staff. Katie
I think you'll find this Pew Research Center post very interesting on why parents value printed books still as we move into a much more digitally focused life style. The comment on modeling reading will be a good one to share and I especially like this quote on the value of print books engaging multiple senses. “When you read a book, a proper kid’s book, it engages all the senses. It’s teaching them to turn the page properly. You get the smell of paper, the touch.” We know from recent research that learning done while utilizing multiple senses is more deeply instilled in our brains.
I don't think this negates our need to offer eBooks to our students. They need to know how to access eBooks in a variety of settings if they are going to be successful in college and in a wide variety of career choices. This report does reaffirm the need to maintain choices in formats and especially at the elementary level where we are working to instill a love of reading. This data will be very valuable to share with administrators setting library budget levels. It begs the argument that we need more funds, not less, in order to provide both print and digital formats. Katie
This post on ReadWriteWeb titled "7-Year Battle To Stop Google From Digitizing Libraries Is Ending With A Whimper" had a very readable, concise explanation of the history of the lawsuits and of the settlement for two of the three suits. Read it carefully and then share a comment on how you think this might change what we do in our libraries. How might it trickle down to touch us? Katie
Much of the consternation we are dealing with in finding an ebook delivery model that will work for our district, our students and staff comes from the fact that book publishers have not yet figured out how to accommodate libraries in their pricing structures. The good news is that discussions are taking place between publishers and the library world. For a concise look at the situation read this editorial from the Philadelphia Enquirer, written after the Public Libraries Association annual conference a little over a week ago. Katie
If you're trying to keep up.....Bloomberg Businessweek has an article about Amazon's recent foray into book publishing and the history leading up to this point. Katie
Not only does the Books Should Be Free site have a wide variety of public domain books in audio format, if you select a book and scroll to the bottom of the page the title is available as an ebook in several different formats...for your kindle, ipod/ipad, nook, Macs, PCs etc. The site has tabs for popular titles and different genres for quick searching. One can also find some titles in 28 + different languages. Very slick! Katie
I ran across this admittedly promotional video of a district that is actively promoting the use of ebooks. I thought it would be good for all of us to see some of the ways teachers are utilizing the format. Katie