Introducing electronic readers into your circulation


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  • During the fall of this year a student came up to me and said, “When we were at a volleyball game in Stover I saw a poster that said, ‘Nook or Book? We Have Both.’” That student went on to ask me what I thought that meant. I turned that question around to her and asked her what she thought that meant and she said, “They have Nooks in their library?” The next time I was in Barnes and Noble I mentioned this to one of their employees (who was a retired teacher from our district) and she said they did in fact check out Nooks to students. I got on the Stover website, emailed their librarian, Brenda Steffens, and immediately and set up a visit. Thus, I am sharing my experience with you today about the introduction of Nooks into my library.
  • Throughout our history the medium upon which words are recorded has changed…it would be foolish of us to not consider that things will change going forward. We can not put up a barrier in our attitude towards electronic reading. It will happen with our with out us. The change we are experiencing in our library environment is both exciting and scary
  • Who owns aneReader personally? Who has eReaders or eBooks that can be checked out to eReaders through your library? What does this big trend in “e” everything mean? We hear all these words and we may own an eReader personally but as a librarian the decision to embrace eReaders for our patrons is a big question and will need to be addressed sometime in the future.
  • According to Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson’s article, Nurturing a New Breed of Reader, we are experiencing great changes in the way we are reading. The electronic reader markets are blowing up Amazon and Barnes and Noble. This raises a lot of questions for libraries. (56)
  • Why should we care about electronic readers?
  • We should care because 25% of children 15-17 have read on a digital device.
  • 57% are interested
  • 33% say they would read more if they had greater access!! As far as digtal reading is concerned, these are old numbers because according to Julie Bosman in her blog titled Tablet and E-Reader Sales Soar , “For adults, tablet computers and e-readers were the gifts of choice, judging by a new report that indicates the number of adults in the United States who own tablets and e-readers nearly doubled from mid-December to early Janurary.” This report was from Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.
  • According to Karen Springen in her article, Raised to Download iTunes, Are Kids Going Online to Get Novels, Too?” Barnes and Noble sold 5 times as many eBooks geared toward young adults than print ones. And at Amazon young adult novel sales are increasing more rapidly. Her article goes on to explain how teenagers are constantly on their digital devices that eReading will be an extension of how they already live. (20)
  • Why should we care about electronic readers?
  • Why should we care about electronic readers?
  • According to Mallorie Colvin’s article, Why Read Digitally?, 66% of public libraries offer eBooks in one way or another and some libraries even circulate the devices.
  • Jessica Bock quoted librarian Mindy Siefert, “Reading is reading. As much as we love paper books, our kids are using their devices in every way possible, so why not offer them a way to read?” When we think about this as librarians, we spend thousands of dollars on books, databases, and periodicals, all to encourage reading from different sources. Why not add eReaders?
  • Why should we care about electronic readers?
  • Why should we care about electronic readers?
  • Why should we care about electronic readers?
  • Why should we care about electronic readers?
  • We have all hopefully witnessed the transformation in some students from being a reluctant reader to being an avid reader. As librarians we must be open to all methods of reading to give kids more practice and to give kids more options in the hopes of helping kids make this transition.
  • In Barry Cull’s article, “Reading Revolutions: Online Digital Test and Implications for Reading in Academe” Cull writes “thanks to the Internet and its medium of digital text accessed via personal computing devices, most people are reading very differently today than they were in the very recent past” (Cull).In that same article, Cull quotes Robert Darnton, the historian and Director of the Harvard University Library “The explosion of modes of communication is as revolutionary as the invention of printing with movable type”
  • Introducing electronic readers into your circulation

    1. 1. Janet Henley LIS 5260April 2, 2012
    2. 2. Clay Tablets Papyrus Wax Tablets Parchment PaperBooks in Monasteries Copied by MonksPrinting Press Mass Producing Books Electronic Tablets (History)
    3. 3. Kindle ?? iPad ? ? Nook Sony
    4. 4.  Who Cares? Where do I start? What are other librariesdoing? Is it affordable? What policies do weimplement? What do we do with all ourprint books? What type of books do wemake available in thisformat?
    5. 5. CARES?
    6. 6. 25% of children age 15-17saythey have read a book on adigital device. 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report
    7. 7. 57% of children age 9-17 are interested inreading books on a digital device 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report
    8. 8. Among children age 9-17, 33% would read more if theyhad greater access to eBooks on an eReader. 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report
    9. 9. Young adult eBooknovel sales arewell above printnovel sales forBarnes and Nobleand Amazon.Young adults areperfectly poisedto read digitally. (Springen, 20)
    10. 10. DO ISTART?
    11. 11. 66%of publiclibraries areoffering ebooks.
    12. 12. “ Use all kinds of medialike computers, nook,kindle, leapfrog leap pads,or any other electronicmedia (10).”“Have plenty of things toread available all the time.This means magazines,chapter books, picturebooks, newspapers, and evenonline books (10).”
    13. 13. “ Stay tuned. Likea good series,the YAe-reading story isfull of suspense—and isn’t over yet(Are).”
    14. 14. Works Cited“10 Easy Tips for Parents to Improve Kids Reading.” Golden Wisdom Nugget. 27 Feb. 2012. Web. 8 Mar. 2012.“Are Teens Embracing E-Books?” Publishers Weekly 259.8 (2012): 20-23. Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 22 Mar. 2012.Bock, Jessica. “Schools are Turning Heads an Pages With Their Ebooks.” St. Louis Today., 1 Feb. 2012. Web. 8 Mar. 2012.“History of Books.” Wikipedia. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.Lamb, Annette, and Larry Johnson. “Nurturing A New Breed of Reader.” Teacher Librarian 39.1 (2011): 56-63. Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 22 Mar. 2012.