Acquisition Dashboard from Impelsys: Results of an Experiment

As I often say, this is a time of experimentation. (If you know something’s going to work, it’s not an experiment.) But it’s not enough to try and fail, or even try and succeed. Either way, we have to report out to our colleagues.

A little over a year ago, Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries teamed up with content delivery provider Impelsys to devise a new acquisitions system to make it easier to manage the new streams of digital content coming from independent, small, and self-publishers.

Here’s what happened: It didn’t work. Why?

DCL Ebook Report for February 2014

This month’s list from Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries features the top 20 titles from Amazon (PDF file).

I have just two observations:

Another Apple Ebook Lawsuit

Here we go again. The same state attorneys general who sued Apple in 2012 for allegedly conspiring with Big Six [now Big Five] publishers to inflate ebook prices are now seeking triple damages. The total sought is $840 million. 

Exploring Gender Issues in Tech Librarianship

Do issues of gender and race matter in a predominantly white, female profession like librarianship? According to a panel at the LITA-sponsored “Challenges of Gender Issues in Technology Librarianship” on Sunday, the short answer is “Yes, they impact everyone.”

Since technology is traditionally a male-dominated arena and librarianship is more female, the panel of tech librarians discussed how gender (and broader issues of diversity like race or gender identification) impact the growth and continued relevance of the profession.

Putting NSA Under the Microscope

During the ALA Washington Office Update on Saturday morning, Patrice McDermott, executive director of Open the Government, introduced Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian US, who discussed details of how the newspaper acquired information and documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden and came to the decision to publish them.

My Taste of Philadelphia

All conference and no fun makes Ta-Shire a dull librarian, so I was really excited to spend my last day in Philadelphia on a Flavors of Philly Food tour, hosted by City Food Tours. I had never done a food tour before, so when my roommate suggested it, I figured what better way to spend the day than unwinding with some tasty local fare?

A Midwinter Update on the Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) aggregates resources that can be made freely available on the web from libraries, historical associations, and other cultural institutions; applies metadata; provides a platform for discovery; and makes the resources available in one central place on the web for researchers and other interested parties. Executive Director Dan Cohen provided an update on its continued growth on Sunday afternoon at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Pew Research Update

Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, led an energetic, insightful, and often humorous discussion of the project's latest research on the role of libraries in their communities and in the lives of their patrons on Sunday at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia. Rainie used his quick wit and fast way with words throughout the session to give zing and life to survey results about the library services patrons most appreciate and the different ways that various people think about libraries.

Interview with Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick, author of a slew of books, including the bestseller Silver Linings Playbook, which was transformed into an Oscar-winning film in 2013, was at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia to discuss his new book, The Good Luck of Right Now. Slated for release by Harper Collins on February 11, the book is about one man’s journey to find himself and his life’s meaning through the grieving process and the incredible synchronous levels of events that guide his path. It’s a profound work, and also quite funny.

The Guide to Library Ebook Vendors

A large crowd gathered on Sunday afternoon for “ALA Masters Series: ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-Book Vendors and More,” an introduction to a new resource developed by the ReadersFirst Working Group that will help public librarians evaluate ebook vendors.


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