Follett Shelf. ownership. devices. improvements. most books full function but some scanned. Some titles multi use but most individual use. Marc records provided. k-12 focused
Can host other platforms as well as publishers they represent. Portal site is FREE. Also have 30,000 titles PK-12. including ABC Clio, Britannica, Gale, Lerner. Multi-user? MARC records free. authenticates w/one password. New app about to roll out.
Number of devices is increasing; especially in adults over 50 which means by high school, some students may have access to their parent’s device also. For public libraries, over 50 is the most rapid adoption group according to the Pew Internet research study.
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Carolyn Foote, Westlake HS
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Issues with ebook market
• ease of use/too many access points
• interest in use
• models for schools
• multiple formats/apps
• misconceptions about availability
Promotion and findability
And what about...
“In my district, budgets are not adjusted to the price of
ebooks. We get the same amount of money, without the
consideration of the cost. We need to have discussions at
the district & campus levels (where the money comes from)
so those who make those decisions see the ebook issues
and price discrepancies.
We (school librarians) are expected to purchase ebooks for
the classrooms & for pleasure reading by students, but we
are not given the appropriate funds to do so.”
StarWalk Kids Media
Worse terms from
Improved terms from publishers
Ability to purchase temporary
access multi-use titles
Self-publishing rapidly increasing
Choice--Design and print your
own book of collected
articles/chapters -- DeGruyter
and more trends...
Patron Driven Acquisition--Ebsco,
Multi-user options increasing
Streaming audio and
Apps for in-text
• “We want multi-user access and a single platform for access.”
• “If you don’t take my print books off the shelf after 26 checkouts or 12
months, why do you feel justified in taking my ebooks away?”
• School libraries and public libraries are very different entities. Our loan
models and access is very different. When the Big five or Big six
publishers are making their prices and lending models for the adult
book reader, they need to consider students and schools.
• “It should be as easy for students to check out fiction (ebooks) as it is
for them to use our nonfiction (ebook) collection.”
• “Students need really easy interfaces and don’t want to have to click
through multiple portals.”
No Shelf Required Blog
No Shelf Required Books
eContent Quarterly from ALA
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