eBooks, eReaders, & Libraries – Online Conference, 9-28-2010

SCRLC is delighted to announce that our first online conference eBooks, eReaders, & Libraries will be held on Tuesday, September 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. Because this is an online conference (no travel, no hotel, no conference food!) a computer will be your window to professional education! This a great format for a group from your library to attend together – all or selected sessions! Full details, links, and registration information appear at the bottom of this message. Please help us to spread the word about this event to colleagues and co-workers who may be interested. Information about all SCRLC workshops and events is available on our website at  <http://www.scrlc.orghttp://www.scrlc.org


eBooks, eReaders, & Libraries

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Date:                       Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time:                       9:30am-4:00pm, EDT

Location:                Online conference: at your desk or library computer

Registration:        $20/individual; $50/group; register at

Audience:             Librarians and library staff from all types of libraries

This conference will focus on the library-related aspects of eBooks and eReaders in public, academic, and K-12 school environments. We will examine questions such as

. what collection and circulation policies work best?
. where do you find the funding?
. what training do staff need?
. how much help do patrons need?
. how do you handle damaged equipment?

The Good Morrow: The Future of Portable eReading
9:45am-11:00am EDT  Tom Peters: Keynote Speaker

Some sober and responsible publishing industry experts are now predicting that eBook sales could account for 50 percent of all book sales within a few short years.  This switch to eReading, which probably will be conducted primarily on portable devices (tablet computers, netbooks, dedicated devices, smartphones, etc.), could radically affect readership, the reading experience, the nature of texts (hint, more embedded media and interactivity), writing, publishing, bookselling, and librarianship. Although this transition has been predicted and brewing for some time, it still may leave us as disoriented as the newly-smitten speaker in John Donne’s wonderful 1633 love poem, The Good Morrow, “I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I did, till we loved?” Although a good reading experience may always play second fiddle to a true love, the future of portable eReading will be a good morrow, if we survive the transition phase. Tom Peters, the CEO of TAP Information Services ( <http://www.tapinformation.com/www.tapinformation.com), a company he founded in 2003 to help libraries and other organizations innovate, is a librarian by training and inclination.

E-Readers and the Public Library
11:05am – 12:00 EDT  Susan Currie & Marisa Iacobucci

The world of technology is changing publishing and how we read. Additionally, we have a generation coming along who have very different and much more sophisticated technological experiences. How can eBook readers fit into the traditional landscape of a busy public library? What new experiences are available for those who primarily read via print materials? Can eReaders help library users learn about emerging technologies? And how can the library reach out to teens and younger readers using eReaders? Tompkins County Public Library has been experimenting with eBook readers such as the Kindle and other devices like the Nintendo DS which comes with software for 100 classic novels. This session will cover how we have experimented with the implementation of eReaders, what we learned and what we changed-and will change. Susan Currie is the Director of the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca, New York ( <http://tcpl.org/http://tcpl.org/ ) since October 2009. Marisa Iacobucci has been the Adult/Outreach Services Consultant at the Finger Lakes Library System since October 2000.

Bringing e-book Readers to our Patrons: The Experience of the River Forest Public Library
1:00pm – 1:55pm EDT   Blaise Dierks

The Amazon Kindle was the first big eBook reader to hit the market and really grab the public’s attention in 2008.  As eBook readers continue to become more and more popular, public libraries are increasingly trying to figure out how to make this technology available to library users.  The River Forest Public Library in Illinois currently circulates Kindles and Sony Readers to its patrons. Find out how they got started, the ‘nuts and bolts’ of circulating them and patron response. Blaise Dierks is the Head of Adult Services at the River Forest Public Library (IL).

Can e-readers be Used in an Academic Library Setting?
2:00pm – 2:55pm EDT   Joy Paulson

Everyone seems to be talking about eReaders today from the iPad to the Kindle to reading books on smart phones. Can eReaders be used in an academic library setting? If so, how? This session will explore what pilot projects have been undertaken in academic libraries and the results of these projects. It will also address questions regarding the use of library-licensed material on eReaders, issues surrounding the licenses of the eReaders themselves, and concerns raised by the ability or inability of these devices to be used by disabled students. Joy Paulson is the Digital Collections Librarian at Mann Library, Cornell University.

Pride and Prejudice and eBooks
3:00pm – 3:55pm EDT   Christopher Harris

Though print books aren’t going away (quite yet) it is still critical that we are prepared to both be and serve digital readers. Come learn about the past, present and future of eBooks as well as other solutions for supporting digital reading including a review of reader hardware, eBook formats, purchasing frameworks, and implementation case studies. Christopher Harris, ( <http://schoolof.info/bio/http://schoolof.info/bio/) author of the Infomancy blog, is the Coordinator of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, an educational services agency supporting the libraries of 22 small, rural districts in Western NY.

This training is funded in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).