E Book Reader Pilot Program At Fdu

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  • Access to thousands of ebooks
  • Other features -- MP3 playing capabilities, many features that belong on a smart phone (web browsing, etc.), but still thought of as single use devicesGreen (less paper) + books never go out of printMostly best sellers and public domain books, future may bring more books that would not ordinarily make it into print due to limited demand
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    1. 1. E-Reader Pilot Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University<br />Denise O’Shea<br />Systems Librarian & Technical Support Specialist<br />
    2. 2. Fairleigh Dickinson University<br />Largest private university in New Jersey<br />2 campuses in the U.S.<br />College at Florham (Morris County, NJ)<br />Metropolitan Campus (Bergen County, NJ)<br />2 campuses overseas (not part of the pilot)<br />12,000 students<br />8,585 Undergraduates<br />262 Full-time faculty<br />
    3. 3. E-Reader Initiative<br />A mandate from the University President<br />A collaborative effort involving:<br />The campus libraries<br />The Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology (CTLT)<br />The Office of Information Resources Technology (OIRT)<br />
    4. 4. The Pilot<br />Each library circulates:<br />4 Kindle DXs<br />4 Sony Reader Touches (PRS-600 and 700)<br />4 iPod Touches<br />Policies<br />Devices may be borrowed for 1 week, with a 1 time renewal. Overdue fines & fees apply.<br />E-Readers are pre-loaded with a selection of titles<br />Borrowers are asked to participate in a survey<br />
    5. 5. Training <br />Library staff are trained in e-reader basics<br />Turning devices on and off<br />Navigating the list of titles<br />Opening and reading a book<br />Charging batteries<br />Borrowers are provided with 1 page tip sheets<br />Vendor documentation is embedded on devices<br />
    6. 6. What is an e-Reader?<br />A reading device with an electronic paper display:<br />Books, magazines, newspapers, blogs<br />Readers can take notes, highlight and bookmark text<br />In some cases, access to a built-in dictionary<br />An audio player:<br />mp3s, audio books<br />A web browser (some models)<br />
    7. 7. E-Reader Benefits<br />Convenience<br />Weight<br />Costs<br />Additional features:<br />Built-in dictionary<br />Link to Wikipedia<br />Text-to-Voice<br />Other features<br />Environmental factors<br />
    8. 8. E-Reader Limitations<br />Book formats and DRM<br />Slow black and white e-ink display<br />Highlighting, note-taking and page navigation<br />Consumer privacy and e-book permanence<br />
    9. 9. Amazon Kindle Features<br />No backlight, but easy to read in direct sunlight<br />Wireless access via AT&T’s 3G network<br />Supports Amazon’s proprietary DRM format<br />Support for other text formats and PDFs<br />International wireless access (Kindle 2 only)<br />Built-in keyboard, textbook-sized screen<br />Text-to-speech, plus support for audio books<br />Can store up to 3,500 ebooks<br />
    10. 10. Sony Reader Touch Features<br />6-inch touch screen<br />Can print your notes<br />Supports e-pub format<br />May borrow e-books from public libraries<br />No wireless access, coming soon<br />No mobile app for smart phones, it’s in the works<br />Can store up to 350 e-books<br />Have to install books via USB<br />
    11. 11. iPod Touch Features<br />Free Kindle app from Amazon<br />Other e-book apps available from iTunes store<br />Synchronize device with Kindle<br />Does everything an iPhone can do, except make phone calls:<br />Support for video, audio, color, graphics, email, SMS text<br />Wireless access<br />Safari browser<br />
    12. 12. Project Expectations<br />Investigate possible educational use of e-readers at FDU<br />Collect feedback from students and faculty that borrow the devices:<br />Do they like reading on the devices?<br />Compared to other technology, are the devices ‘clunky’?<br />Can they envision using e-readers for reading textbooks?<br />Enhance image of campus libraries<br />
    13. 13. Project Mechanics<br />Purchase devices and accessories<br />Setup generic accounts with Amazon, iTunes and Sony<br />Register, rename and configure devices<br />Purchase e-book titles recommended by librarians and students<br />Download purchased e-books to devices<br />Establish circulation policy in ILS<br />Barcode and catalog devices<br />Package devices, accessories and tip sheets for circulation<br />Advertise availability of new service <br />
    14. 14. The Survey<br />Administered via Blackboard/WebCampus<br />Response has been strong<br />Mix of student and faculty borrowers<br />Some patrons borrowed multiple devices for comparison purposes<br />
    15. 15. Issues and Constraints<br />Establishing an Amazon corporate account<br />Use of credit cards to purchase digital content<br />Amazon’s 1-click option<br />Tracking number of e-book licenses<br />Purchasing e-books ‘on-the-fly’<br />1 generic account or multiple e-reader accounts<br />Limitations of Sony’s e-reader software<br />Risk that iPod borrowers may not actually read anything<br />
    16. 16. Next Steps<br />Evaluate survey results<br />Launch academic e-reader pilot program in Spring 2010<br />1 class will get 20 e-readers, pre-loaded with course materials<br />Continue loaning e-readers through the library<br />Further analysis<br />
    17. 17. Q&A<br />Contact info:<br />oshea@fdu.edu<br />
    18. 18. Resources<br />Links to blogs and websites about e-readers and libraries:<br />http://ireaderreview.com/ -- a blog about e-readers.<br />http://www.princeton.edu/ereaderpilot/ -- FAQ about the Princeton pilot<br />http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/ -- the mobile libraries blog<br />http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=14473239090 – e-book readers in libraries group<br />
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