July/ August 2011, Volume 3, Issue 7
Check Your Calendars!!
Indian Education Summit
SDLA Annual Conference
SD Festival of Books
AASL National Conference
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Go beyond the book with eResources
Why didn't I think of that?
What about ebooks?
By Ann Smith, Federal Programs/Grants/Libraries, Sioux Falls School District
When Amazon released the Kindle, with Barnes & Noble following shortly thereafter with the Nook, ebooks suddenly moved to center stage. For libraries, this is good news and bad news. Good news because reading is cool again — even with today's "Net Generation.” The bad news is these ereaders are really designed to personalize and customize the reading experience. Publishers, understandably interested in protecting their profits, are not necessarily racing to develop purchasing and delivery models that align with the library's goal of maximizing the use of individual items by encouraging sharing.
Here are some tips for librarians and their patrons trying to figure out which device to buy. Decide what you want to use the device for. If you are primarily interested in reading novels and things that do not have pictures, charts, or illustrations, the Kindle or Nook will be a good choice. If you have children or will be reading things with pictures and illustrations, you will want to go with a tablet device like the Nook Color or the iPad.
Do not confuse audiobooks and ebooks. The audio rights for a book are separate, so even if your ereader has audio capability, you will only be able to have the text "read" to you if you purchased a copy that also includes audio rights.
Purchasing a book in eformat does not mean you have unlimited copies. Typically, publishers still restrict the purchase to one copy for one reader. Amazon and Barnes & Noble do support individuals sharing copies, but only one reader can have the book at a time and it can only be loaned a maximum of five times.
Perhaps the best words of wisdom I have heard for libraries is don't worry about purchasing devices. Instead, look for ways to have econtent available for your patrons or students to download on their devices. Ereaders and tablets will continue to become more affordable. If libraries want to stay relevant, it is essential that we make it as easy for people to borrow their reading material from us as it is to purchase it online.
(Editor’s Note: LibrarianByDay answers more questions about ebooks and libraries)
Huron Friends of the Library profit at Smithy’s Used Books and on Amazon
By Jan Cederquist, Director, Huron Public Library
With the expansion of the Huron Public Library in 2009, the Friends of the Library were given permanent book sale room space just off the main entrance. Earlier this year, the book sale room was renamed Smithy's Used Books in honor of past Library Director, Colleen Smith who retired in 2010 after 30 years of service.
The room is stocked, straightened, and maintained by volunteers responsible for specific areas (i.e. paperbacks, children's, adult, videos, etc.) The book sale room is open anytime the library is open, however only staffed during special sale events. The patrons pay for materials at the circulation desk and the money is collected once a week by a member of the Friends.
In addition, volunteers also manage an Amazon account to sell used books. The Friends devote hours to sorting and searching and collect the profits and pay taxes on the sales. Such sales can be profitable if you have rare, out-of-print, or unusual books to sell. Using the Internet provides a way of selling books outside of your zip code for a larger profit than you could receive from selling books locally for $1.00 each. Only about one percent of the items that the Friends search for on Amazon is worth listing to sell. You never know what will be valuable. A hardback copy of a bridge engineering handbook from the late 1920’s sold for $75.00. A small-sized, eight-page paperback children’s book sold for $30.00. Both of these items looked like dumpster materials but we found out differently when the item was searched.
Please note that many websites can be used for selling books online, the Huron Public Library has chosen to use Amazon.
Market your library and host programs for little or no money
By Angela Ostrander, Director, Faith Public/School Library
There are many ways to market your library and host library programs at little or no cost. Use your community resources – like your local chamber and newspaper, radio, school website and daily announcements, library website, wiki, blog, and easy-to-make brochures or flyers.
This summer the Faith Public/School Library is hosting a number of programs with the funding help of the SD Humanities Council and our local American Auxiliary chapter. Summer reading programs for children and adults will feature storytelling visitors and a HOP exhibit. Adults can share their reading experiences through our library blog and even drop in and take a few computer lessons for free. Local residents will also be donating their time to share their quilting, crafting and cooking skills.
The Faith Public/School Library’s website can be accessed from the school website or at faithlibrary.wikispaces.com