E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked
problem for school libraries (K-12)
Dr Jill Abell
ASLA XXIII
Hobart,
September
...
This session addresses AITSL
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.6.3
Information and Communication Technolo...
The bookshop experience: Shakespeare and Company in the
shade of the Notre Dame, Paris Left Bank
Photograph taken by Daryl...
A wicked problem?
Why wicked?
• Complex problems are often called ‘’wicked ‘’problems
• Problems that are highly resistant to resolution and...
DRM – digital rights management
Do you want to buy your e-books outright, or lease them?
Can students download e-content o...
Wait! ….more examples…..
HarperCollins rents the license to an e-book for 26 uses, after which
the license expires
Hachett...
DRM locking into e-platforms…
• Follett launches Follett Enlight reportedly 200,00 titles for schools via
apps for Google ...
The burden of digital rights management
• The music industry has moved on and removed DRM, after being a
casuality of Naps...
What are the issues for Australian
schools?
Australian wholesalers/distributors are not able to rival the
international e-...
Case studies – your solutions?
SCHOOLS: solutions for the wicked problems?
Students transition from single use e-reader devices to tablets?
Avoid buying ...
Restrictive
for
schools….
time
to be
device-
agnostic
http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/e-book-formats-and-devices-infographic/
PUBLISHERS: solution for the wicked problems?
The “next generation” e-texts with the interactive features
require more adv...
Do you
know
if your
students
are
enjoying
using
eTexts?
Source: visual.ly
What can digitization do for the textbook?
Leveraging these new tools to enhance learning resources and provide
universal ...
E-pubs, e-texts and open education resources
– a new storm is brewing!
Interactive apps and e-texts on smart
devices [tabl...
Who are the most disruptive
at your school? Library?
Apple website
& iBooks App
Fluency Unit Planner
http://fluency21.com/
State Educational Technology Directors Association www.setda.org
1. Complete the shift from print-centric textbook
adoptio...
E-pubs & apps generated from pdf texts and
multimedia files
New platforms for “on the go” learning, incorporating tutorial...
www.thedigitalshift.com
http://oedb.org/open/subjects/education/
Digital library services: e-pubs, e-books, e-texts and
audiobooks?
• Do our resource acquisition practices in school libra...
Assess your school’s preparedness to measure effective
change and/or innovation in your library’s digital content
strategy...
Digital content development and digitisation strategic plan
for next three years
Guidelines for library processes with dig...
Acknowledgements, sources or more sites to explore:
Apple iTunesU K-12
Coursera.org
Digital shift www.thedigitalshift.com
...
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries
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ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference - Dr Jill Abell - Print books are bouncing back with the new bookshop experiences whilst school libraries are using a host of diverse e-commerce models, e-platforms and devices in their efforts to offer digital texts to support new curriculum. The common goal is to adopt e-books to encourage reading, or create e-texts as a replacement for costly and heavy printed texts, to secure backlisted fiction, and to maintain curriculum-focussed non-fiction and multiple copies with manageable digital rights and licensing for class use. In this workshop, participants will examine the “wicked problems” and change focus to find solutions.

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E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries

  1. 1. E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries (K-12) Dr Jill Abell ASLA XXIII Hobart, September 2013
  2. 2. This session addresses AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.6.3 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Model high-level teaching knowledge and skills and work with colleagues to use current ICT to improve their teaching practice and make content relevant and meaningful.
  3. 3. The bookshop experience: Shakespeare and Company in the shade of the Notre Dame, Paris Left Bank Photograph taken by Daryl Patni, courtesy of Joe Aston, writer for The Australian [est 1919]
  4. 4. A wicked problem?
  5. 5. Why wicked? • Complex problems are often called ‘’wicked ‘’problems • Problems that are highly resistant to resolution and have many interdependencies • Attempts to address them can lead to unforseen consequences • Realm of social problems cannot be solved in a traditionally tame or linear analysis • Requires big picture thinking and trans-disciplinary notions • Rittel and Webber at the UC, 1972 • Collaborative strategies are best to get stakeholder involvement
  6. 6. DRM – digital rights management Do you want to buy your e-books outright, or lease them? Can students download e-content onto their personal devices? Or a class? Or read offline? • Penguin has resumed doing business with Overdrive – 17000 titles to US libraries only • Simon & Schuster launches a pilot to make available digital editions of its most popular preK-12 books for schools for one year’s use by one student at a time, “so long as it is being used by one borrower at a time.”
  7. 7. Wait! ….more examples….. HarperCollins rents the license to an e-book for 26 uses, after which the license expires Hachette sells e-books to libraries at three times the print price for the first year — and one and a half times print price thereafter. Random House has raised prices for some of its e-books by 300 percent releasing slowly old favourites or backlist - Dr Seuss available as e-books on Sept 24 – planning 41 titles by November
  8. 8. DRM locking into e-platforms… • Follett launches Follett Enlight reportedly 200,00 titles for schools via apps for Google Play and iOS – perpetual licensing model • Amazon announces new bundle print and e-books called Kindle MatchBook and acquire any Amazon purchases retrospectively • Kobo’s new tablet pre-loaded with Google Play store • Baker & Taylor features more than 500,000 ebook and audiobook titles – works with the Blio e-reader app • Barnes and Noble’s 3M+ e-books are supported solely on Nook • Gale Virtual Reference Library are unlimited simultaneous use purchases, and libraries own the e-books indefinitely.
  9. 9. The burden of digital rights management • The music industry has moved on and removed DRM, after being a casuality of Napster • If you want to move your music collection from one platform to another, eg from iOS to Android, you save, drag and drop from your iTunes to SD card. • Imagine trying to do that to your e-book collection – dragging Kindle books to your new NOOK?
  10. 10. What are the issues for Australian schools? Australian wholesalers/distributors are not able to rival the international e-book distributors and Google Books * Not many reasonable backlists available * Publishers (Britannica, Gale, etc) do not have much local content? • e-book platforms, aggregators and vendors – varying cross-over models and functions (Follett, Overdrive, Wheelers, Gale) When will the publishing industry offer a DRM-free format for e-books?
  11. 11. Case studies – your solutions?
  12. 12. SCHOOLS: solutions for the wicked problems? Students transition from single use e-reader devices to tablets? Avoid buying a Kindle, Kobo or a NOOK and being locked into licensed content and conditions, partly due to e-book formats and partly to publishers’ DRM Schools focus on tablets to get reasonable licenses for multiple copies of e-texts? Be ‘’device agnostic ‘’ and libraries concentrate on making sense of larger purchasing volumes with the e-platforms – harvesting more whole school budgets
  13. 13. Restrictive for schools…. time to be device- agnostic http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/e-book-formats-and-devices-infographic/
  14. 14. PUBLISHERS: solution for the wicked problems? The “next generation” e-texts with the interactive features require more advanced e-platform than an e-reader. Publishers develop content that works on tablets, or new busines models eg Spotify or Shazam for e-books? Publishers provide e-commerce models and e-platforms targeting digital rights and licensing for class use? The open e-pub is handled by every publisher except Amazon
  15. 15. Do you know if your students are enjoying using eTexts? Source: visual.ly
  16. 16. What can digitization do for the textbook? Leveraging these new tools to enhance learning resources and provide universal access. Multi-modal texts for concept based learning, presented in learning pathways Modalities – different ways to learn: videos and multimedia simulation, interactive exploration modelling, quizzes and question banks, maps of related concepts, peer learning, photo galleries, labs, flash cards, lesson plans, annotations and highlights.
  17. 17. E-pubs, e-texts and open education resources – a new storm is brewing! Interactive apps and e-texts on smart devices [tablets, etc.,] in the classroom - are they more engaging than the e-books from the library’s catalogue? the library’s catalogue?
  18. 18. Who are the most disruptive at your school? Library?
  19. 19. Apple website & iBooks App
  20. 20. Fluency Unit Planner http://fluency21.com/
  21. 21. State Educational Technology Directors Association www.setda.org 1. Complete the shift from print-centric textbook adoption practices to digital resources within five years beginning with the next major textbook adoption cycle. 2. Develop a vision and roadmap for completing the shift 3. Ensure a vibrant marketplace for digital and open content
  22. 22. E-pubs & apps generated from pdf texts and multimedia files New platforms for “on the go” learning, incorporating tutorials, quizzes, flashcards, videos, labs, games and activity zones E-book and companion apps published on platforms covering all in- market phones, tablets, and computers. Captured into courses using unique platforms and frameworks like iTunesU, EdX, Udacity, Coursera, MOOCs http://www.ck12.org/student/ example for STEM
  23. 23. www.thedigitalshift.com
  24. 24. http://oedb.org/open/subjects/education/
  25. 25. Digital library services: e-pubs, e-books, e-texts and audiobooks? • Do our resource acquisition practices in school libraries reflect state of the art in the school’s digital content creation and curriculum delivery? • What is the role of the school library staff in maintaining 24/7 access to the quality apps to support the Australian Curriculum? • Are these interactive apps and e-texts on smart devices in the classroom more engaging than the e-books in the library’s catalogue? • If so, what creative solutions can we find to harvest resources to provide accessible e-platforms with easily managed digital rights and licensing for class use?
  26. 26. Assess your school’s preparedness to measure effective change and/or innovation in your library’s digital content strategy, epub, e-book, e-text acquisition and ICT plans? 1.leadership interventions including the use of data-driven diagnostic feedback or research 2. Predictions of teachers’ curriculum concerns 3.teacher and student engagement 4. Acknowledging the students’ voices Your task: Strategic change management plan for e-pubs, apps and open education resources
  27. 27. Digital content development and digitisation strategic plan for next three years Guidelines for library processes with digital resources • Storage • Accessibility issues • Processing MARC and metadata • Preservation and weeding • Promotion and marketing SCHOOL LIBRARIES: solutions for the wicked problems?
  28. 28. Acknowledgements, sources or more sites to explore: Apple iTunesU K-12 Coursera.org Digital shift www.thedigitalshift.com Infographics http://ebookfriendly.com/tag/infographics/ Infographics – visual.ly or easel.ly Open Education Database http://oedb.org/open/subjects/education/ School Library Journal

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