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Slides for the talk that I gave about Library Renewal at the annual meeting of the Midwest Coerative for Library Services, Oct. 6, 2011

Slides for the talk that I gave about Library Renewal at the annual meeting of the Midwest Coerative for Library Services, Oct. 6, 2011

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  • -We love books and they will still be around, but the world is changed
  • Reflecting the price trend noted by IDC corp Amazon has 2 models under $100 -- kinda
  • Without ads, they cost over $100.
  • How it handlesdrm
  • The Kindle makes things easier for the “can’ts”Lower-priced ereaders help the have-nots, but it does nothing for the costs associated with Overdrive.
  • http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/890089-264/kansas_state_librarian_goes_eyeball.html.csp
  • http://statelibrary.mykansaslibrary.org/?p=10260
  • Kindles are closed devices, do not support the standard ePub format used by Overdrive and other vendors, so people who buy Kindles for library use will not be able to use them with another library ebook service.If a large number of library patrons buy Kindles to use with library ebooks, a library may feel like they cannot leave Overdrive.
  • Overdrive is a powerful force in libraries, and it’s power is now tied with Amazon, which is flexing its muscles in media.
  • Time will tell what Amazon has in store for us. The way things are now, libraries have no say in how media companies deal with us. Intentionally or not, we’ve given Overdrive a proxy to represent our interests with publishers.
  • http://paidcontent.org/article/419-the-biggest-losers-from-the-borders-bankruptcy/
  • Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen
  • Minimal if any social functionality. Innovation is done not to facilitate access, does not reflect how people use media. Development does not reflect local libraries
  • Minimal if any social functionality. Innovation is done not to facilitate access, does not reflect how people use media.
  • No, the future isn’t bleak. The present is tight, though.
  • I’m optimistic. And realistic. Nothing has been set in stone. Publishers don’t like the new gatekeepers.
  • -We are a new kind of non-profit org.-By libraries, with libraries, for libraries.-Most content consumed from libs in the next 10 years (and beyond) will be electronic. Not print.-We love books and they will still be around, but the world is changed.-If libraries do not respond in thoughtful, bold new ways libraries will fade in relevance, use and support. This damage to the fabric of democracy must not be allowed to happen.-Library Renewal develops relationships, partnerships, research and solutions. -The mission of libraries is the mission of Library Renewal-We are structured via mission, bylaws, and internal checks to absolutely ensure our workis by libraries, for libraries, with libraries
  • -We do four things: build partnerships, relationships, conduction research, and bring out solutions for electronic content in libraries.We do this via our Board structure, Partner Library Program, Advocates Program and various Advisory Boards. -We believe libraries need a new kind of electronic content access and distribution infrastructure.-Partner libs are involved in shaping the functionality and structure of this infrastructure as are Advocates (volunteers) and Board members.-The work we undertake is guided by constant focus on mission and remembering who we are working for: you as a library staffer, local libraries and libraries patrons.
  • The 10/10-09/11 time saw Library Renewal establish:-legal status as a non-profit.-a hand picked Executive Board.-bylaws, mission, vision and other guiding documents.-financial and banking accounts to accept and transfer funds.-a recognized brand with positive awareness.-v.1 then v.2 (including stage 2 of v.2) of the Library Renewal web site.-a mailing list (1,500).-an active social media presence (2,500 Facebook, 1,500 Twitter).-the online Donation Center/Store well stocked with a variety of high quality, on brand SWAG and art.-the set-up and functioning Library Renewal Advocates Program.-the set-up and functioning Library Renewal Partner Library Program (eight select partner librariescurrently onboard).-an alpha version of an electronic content access and distribution infrastructure (internal facing onlylearningexperiment).-the org as a popular conference presentation topic, averaging one presentation a month in a variety oflocations around the country.-organizational outreach routines, including multiple calls each week with interested parties, advisors,partners, Advocates, Board Members and potential funders.-a book deal for Library Renewal (with 18 high profile contributors signed on to write).-regular discussions with multiple orgs outside of traditional library vendor/publisher relationships inreference to new kinds of potential partnerships (currently ongoing with a wide variety of national groups).
  • Where will this culture of innovation come from? You!

Library Renewal and Libraries Library Renewal and Libraries Presentation Transcript

  • Matt Weaver
    Board Member,
    Library Renewal
    Web Librarian,
    Westlake Porter
    Public Library
    @mattrweaver
  • WHY?
  • Ereader boom 1: Holidays 2010
    3 million – 5 million ereaders were activated in the week after Christmas 2010
  • Ereader Boom 2
    Holidays 2011 –
    Here we go again!
  • Sub-$100ereaders
    Ereader shipments to reach
    27 million units for 2011
  • Has
    fixed everything that is wrong with ebooks in libraries?
  • Yes.
    Thanks
    for coming.
  • ;-)
  • Without ads: $109 $139
  • The Kindle is easier to use than any other ereaderfor Overdrive ebooks for a reason.
  • DRM (Digital Rights Management)
    “Think of DRM on an eBook as a lock, with your eReader having the key to open the lock and display the file.”
    - Jason Griffey
  • The Amazon/
    Overdrive system removes the transaction from one DRM system to another, one that Amazon fully controls.
  • This improves one aspect of Overdrive ebooks: the complexity
  • Haves and Have-nots
    Cans and Can’ts
  • State Library of Kansas
    Almost 700% increase in Digital Library Reserve Server Application Service fee :
    From $10,800 in 2010 to $75,000 in 2013 – fee includes no content
    Removal of language that acknowledged consortium ownership of material
  • State Library of Kansas
    has received permission
    from 88 of 163 publishers
    (so far)
  • State Library of Kansas
    Moving audiobooks
    to Recorded Books
    and ebooks to 3M
  • ONLY
  • "Amazon is holding the entire book industry hostage…First they disintermediated retailers,
    and now it's publishers and authors."
  • "Amazon is holding the entire book industry hostage…First they disintermediated retailers,
    and now it's publishers and authors."
    Are libraries next?
  • Competition for Overdrive
  • http://tmi.skygawker.com/PubLibEBooks.pdf
  • It is as if these companies see serving the evolving content needs of patrons is a problem best served by throwing money at it.
  • Publishers haven’t figured out how to sell ebooks
    Predictions: “ebooks will kill traditional publishing/libraries”
    The real threat to publishing:
    Not the ebook
    Consolidation and…
  • …Borders Bankruptcy
  • Publishing: new gatekeepers
  • Volatile pricing
  • disruptive technology:
    a new technology that unexpectedly displaces an established technology. 
  • Ebooks are disruptive.
  • Electronic content
    is disruptive.
  • Libraries need systems
    to reflect the new reality
    of electronic content
  • New Media
    Dynamic
    New ideas
    Market driven
    Prices fluctuate
    Innovative
  • Many
    Competitors
  • Econtent in libraries
    Static prices
    No culture of innovation
  • Econtent in libraries
    Little competition
    Crippling subscriptions
  • Is the future bleak?
  • Libraries are stuck.
  • There are obstacles in our way
  • There are obstacles in our way
  • We have some battles ahead of us
  • OptimismDoes NotDenoteNaiveté.
  • The right ideas can make a difference.
  • Libraries could combine their community presence…
  • and professional values of service…
  • with technology that reflects the work ethic and spirit of a tech start-up…
  • technology
    that is adaptive…
  • social…
  • based on a culture of
  • and
    electronic
    content …
  • that is valuable
    to our patrons…
  • and priced
    by the market,
  • without busting
    libraries’ budgets?
  • By libraries, with libraries,
    for libraries.
  • Parterships. Relationships. Research. Solutions.
  • Phase I: what have we done so far?
  • 1,500 subscribers
  • 1,438 followers
    1,438 followers
  • 2,635 “likes”
  • Advocates and Partner
    Libraries
  • Go to: libraryrenewal.org/partners
    New separate Advocates/Partners sections coming in November
  • Group #1: Readers advisory work. reviews, book lists, etc.
  • Group #2 - writing and presenting at the local level.
  • Group #3 – Anything else you want to do to help! Seriously!
  • Use your skills for even more good! Three areas that need you.
    “I Am Library Renewal”
    Advocates are a special group of folks. Research shows that about one in 100 folks who leave engaged comments on a web site are really willing to step up and do something more substantial. That is you! That is also your fellow Advocates here! We are a rare breed of highly motivated library lovers. We understand that libraries need new content solutions that finally put us in control and are willing to put our money where our mouths are. We are stepping up and are ready to DO SOMETHING about it. Library Renewal is here to be a tool to carefully help organize and shape and guide that work WITH YOU ALL AND YOUR INPUT.
    We look at it this way; If we’re building a system for libraries, with libraries and by libraries, well, without Advocates like you, it just couldn’t be done the right way, right?
    So your work here is very important. Please never forget that. It is hard to do more in our busy lives…but we also know clearly that we live in unparalleled times of change, threat and opportunity for libraries. Let’s join together here in our various roles as Advocates and step by step shape the future of content access via libraries.
    Click here for info on getting started as an Advocate and Click here to see a list of some of your fellow Library Renewal Advocates and what projects they are working on.
    The first step in becoming an Advocate is to send in your customized info sheet. Click here to do that now. Done? Perfect. Let’s get started! There are two major Advocates projects cooking right now and a third group as well.
    Group #1 is full of readers advisory work. Things like e-book and audiobook reviews, book lists, etc. We have lots of titles that need to be read and reviewed by someone with your librarian chops! So if that sounds interesting to you, drop us a line and we’ll get started! Once you’re signed up, here’s a link that will let you into those Readers Advisory Advocates pages.
    Group #2 sees Advocates writing and presenting about issues surrounding electronic content access and the future of libraries, with a Library Renewal twist . We are particularly looking for folks to present and write in local venues. Once we’ve talked with you about it all and you are in this group, you’ll be able to access the Author and Presenter Advocates area of the site.
    Group #3 is for you if your expertise or interests don’t fit in with Group 1 or 2. It’s no problem, really. There is lots of work to be done and you likely have an idea or two about what that work should be. Naturally then, we’d love to talk with you about it all and how you think you might be able to move things forward using your other skills. Drop us a line and we’ll talk!
    work areas/projects
    fellow advocates
    10 things all Advocates know and do
    advocate's checklist
    Click getting started for more info… Now, if you’ve done that, let’s get to it! We have two major projects cooking right now.
    talking points
    getting started
    “I Am Library Renewal”
    Advocates are a special group of folks and this helps us understand how you are special and can help Click getting started for more info… Now, if you’ve done that, let’s get to it! We have two major projects cooking right now.
    Advocates are a special group of folks and this helps us understand how you are special and can help Click getting started for more info… Now, if you’ve done that, let’s get to it! We have two major projects cooking right now.
  • First, if you haven’t sent in your skills set list, project interest list, contact info and picture, please do that first. Advocates are a special group of folks and this helps us understand how you are special and can help Click getting started for more info… Now, if you’ve done that, let’s get to it! We have two major projects cooking right now.
    First, if you haven’t sent in your info as an Advocate yet, you haven’t started yet! Click here to do that now. Done? Perfect. Let’s get started! We have two major Advocates projects cooking right now and a third group of folks joining us here as well.
    Project #1 is full of readers advisory work. Things like book reviews, book lists, etc. We have lots of e-books that need reading and reviewed by someone with your chops! So if that sounds interesting to you, drop us a line and we’ll get started!
    Project #2 sees Advocates writing and presenting about issues surrounding electronic content access and the future of libraries, with a Library Renewal twiest . We are particularly looking for folks to present and write in local outlets. Staff days, regional or state conferences, library newsletters (your, the states, the consortium’s, wherever).
    If your expertise doesn’t fit in these projects, that is no problem…we’d love to talk with you about how you think you might be able to move things forward
  • Partner
    Libraries
    Partner libraries will ensure that what is built is what they and their patrons actually need.
  • Partner
    Libraries
    Three partner libraries on board
  • Partner
    Libraries
    Santa Monica Public Library
  • Partner
    Libraries
    Two Rivers Public Library
    (Wisconsin)
  • Partner
    Libraries
    Newark (TX) Public Library
  • Partner
    Libraries
    Five hours/month
    2 hours for monthly meeting
    1 hour – one-on-one conversations to discuss infrastructure features, etc.
    2 hours reading/answering emails
  • Partner
    Libraries
    Sign non-disclosure agreement
    One contact person at the library
    Library director must meet with LR
  • Partner
    Libraries
    Financial contributions
    are NOT required.
  • Assumptions:
  • Visitlibraryrenewal.org
  • -We are a new kind of non-profit org.
    -By libraries, with libraries, for libraries.
    -Most content consumed from libs in the next 10 years (and beyond) will be electronic. Not print.
    -We love books and they will still be around, but the world is changed.
    -If libraries do not respond in thoughtful, bold new ways libraries will fade in relevance, use and support. This damage to the fabric of democracy must not be allowed to happen.
    -Library Renewal develops relationships, partnerships, research and solutions.
    -The mission of libraries is the mission of Library Renewal
    -We are structured via mission, bylaws, and internal checks to absolutely ensure our workis by libraries, for libraries, with libraries.
  • -We do this via our Board structure, Partner Library Program, Advocates Program and various Advisory Boards.
    -We believe libraries need a new kind of electronic content access and distribution infrastructure.
    -Partner libs are involved in shaping the functionality and structure of this infrastructure as are Advocates (volunteers) and Board members.
    -The work we undertake is guided by constant focus on mission and remembering who we are working for: you as a library staffer, local libraries and libraries patrons.