E-Books: What Librarians Need to Know Now and for the Future

E-Books: What Librarians Need to Know Now and for the Future

with Mirela Roncevic

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, October 13

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Requiring no prior knowledge of e-books, this eCourse will sketch in their history while showing you how they function in libraries, exploring issues ranging from file formats to delivery mechanisms and lending policies and what they mean for libraries both now and in the future.

After completing this eCourse, you’ll understand

  • basics of how e-books function and their place in the current publishing marketplace
  • how e-books are currently being used in libraries, including circulation and lending policies
  • key issues that librarians are likely to face with e-books in the future
  • e-book distribution models
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Call for Proposals: Instructional Technology Council eLearning 201

The College of Southern Nevada will serve as the host institution for the Instructional Technology Council eLearning 2015 Annual Conference.  Participants at the eLearning 2015 Conference will include higher education administrators, instructional designers, and faculty in the field of distance education who will come to Las Vegas from across the country and around the world to exchange techniques for teaching students at a distance, showcase effective distance education delivery methods, and preview various Web- and video-based technology tools for distance education.  Please consider submitting a proposal to present at the  Community College conference. We would love to see a large number of library-related proposals!

Submit a Proposal to Present at eLearning 2015
Submission Deadline: October 3, 2014
http://www.itcnetwork.org/elearning-conference/call-for-presentations.html

We want to learn about the new and innovative educational strategies and technologies you tried that work, and about the successful and tried-and-true techniques you or your staff use to teach at a distance. Have you experienced strategies that did not work out as well as you had hoped? We want to hear about those too!

eLearning 2015 will offer you and your staff pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, vendors exhibiting the latest eLearning technologies and services, and nearly 60 one-hour concurrent sessions. The meeting space at Planet Hollywood is in a separate area—you would never know it is adjacent to a newly-expanded casino!

Suggested presentation topics include:

— Accessibility and universal design
— Blended and hybrid courses
— BYOD – bring your own device
— Certificate and degree programs
— Competency-based learning
— Continuing education
— Copyright and intellectual property
— Course and learning management systems
— eTextbooks and open education resources
— Gaming
— Learning analytics
— Management and leadership
— MOOCs
— Online student support
— academic advising
— library services
— mentoring
— tutoring
— Open education resources
—  Student engagement
— Social Media Tools
— blogs
— Google apps
— Google+
— Facebook
— Twitter

Copyright, Licensing and the Law of E-Books

Copyright, Licensing, and the Law of E-Books
A 90-minute workshop with Mary Minow

Thursday, September 18, 2014
2:30pm Eastern|1:30pm Central
12:30pm Mountain|11:30am Pacific

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Acquire an understanding of the legal underpinning of library e-book lending. Copyright expert Mary Minow will take you on a pragmatic journey through the law of e-books, cutting through the jargon to give straight answers to common questions. You’ll come away from the workshop with the knowledge to plan an effective e-book strategy for your library.

Among the topics to be explored:

A review of major e-book platform vendors and emerging library-based projects
How the so-called Library Exception (Section 108), which permits libraries and archives to make copies for interlibrary loan, preservation and replacement, applies to e-books
What to look for in licensing language and provisions
Mary Minow is Counsel to the Califa Group, and a library law consultant on issues of copyright, privacy, intellectual freedom, and related issues. She manages the website for the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center.

NISO Two-Part Webinar: E-books for Education

Part 1: Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn

Date: September 10, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

Event webpage: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/webinars/plug_in/

Part 2: Open Textbook Initiatives

Date: September 17, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

Event webpage:
http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/webinars/open_initiatives/

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NISO will be holding a two-part webinar on September 10 and 17 to explore
E-books for Education, the nascent world of electronic textbooks and how
publishers, students, and librarians are dealing with these new products.

The most rapid developments in the world of e-books have taken place in the
popular market for fiction and non-fiction monographs. However, with the
development of new standards such as EPUB 3 that support multimedia and the
improvements in reading devices, the penetration of electronic versions of
trade books has advanced quite rapidly. The market for digital textbooks,
however, has grown at a more modest rate for a variety of reasons while
electronic textbook marketplace works through some very complex
technological, business model, and cultural issues.

Part 1 of the webinar will discuss Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn.
In Part 2, speakers will explore Open Textbook Initiatives. You can register
for either or both parts. There is a 25% discount to registrants of both
parts.

ABOUT PART 1: Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn

In Part 1, we will explore the notion of just what an electronic textbook
is. Are e-textbooks an interactive “courseware” website, an application for
mobile devices and tablets, or self-contained digital files? Or is there a
place for all of these and if so, how do they fit together and combine with
a course syllabus? Also addressed will be issues of affordability and usage.

Topics and speakers are:

* Advocating for Change: Open Textbooks and Affordability – Nicole
Allen, Director of Open Education, Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources
Coalition (SPARC)
* Open Your Books and Turn to Page 10: Getting Students to Use Their
E-Textbooks – Reggie Cobb, Biology Instructor, Nash Community College
* A Proof of Concept Initiative: The Internet2/EDUCAUSE Etextbook
Pilots – Monica Metz-Wiseman, Coordinator of Electronic Collections,
University of South Florida Libraries

ABOUT PART 2: Open Textbook Initiatives

Just as open access has revolutionized the world of journal literature, so
too is it increasingly being advocated in the e-textbook world. Part 2 of
E-books for Education will focus on the efforts to make textbooks
electronically available under free open copyright licenses as part of the
broader open educational resources movement.

Topics and speakers are:

* The Library Publishing Landscape for E-Textbooks – Faye Chadwell,
Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and Press Director, Oregon
State University
* Student-Funded Textbook Initiative at Kansas State University –
Brian Lindshield, Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, Kansas State
University and Beth Turtle, Associate Professor/Head, Scholarly
Communications & Publishing, Kansas State University Libraries
* Using Open Resources to Expand Access to Education – Molly Lindsay,
Vice President of Content, Boundless

REGISTRATION

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm
Eastern on September 10 for Part 1 and September 17 for Part 2 (the days of
the webinars). Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and
students.

NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free connection as
part of membership and do not need to register. (The LSA member webinar
contact will automatically receive the login information. Members are listed
here: http://www.niso.org/about/roster/#library_standards_alliance
<http://www.niso.org/about/roster/%23library_standards_alliance> . If you
would like to become an LSA member and receive the entire year’s webinars as
part of membership, information on joining is listed here:
www.niso.org/about/join/alliance/.)

All webinar registrants and LSA webinar contacts receive access to the
recorded version for one year. You can register for either or both parts.
There is a 25% discount if registering for both. Visit the event webpages to
register and for more information:
Part 1: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/webinars/plug_in/
Part 2: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/webinars/open_initiatives/

How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons

How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons
Two 90-minute workshops with Phil Spirito

Thursdays December 5th and 12th, 2013
2:30pm Eastern|1:30 Central
12:30 Mountain|11:30am Pacific

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In this workshop Spirito will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to assist
your patrons with e-books, regardless of
your level of technical expertise.

After participating in this workshop, you will:

Dramatically improve your e-book and technology skills


Be able to handle a range of patron e-book questions


Be able to use e-book resources confidently

ALA Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks—free event

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Group: American Library Association
Subject: ALA Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks—free event

ALA leaders and the leadership of ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) discuss the present state of ebooks and libraries and directions for the future. What have we learned and accomplished? What actions can the Association and its members take to improve the public’s access to ebooks?

This interactive online session will explore ALA ebook advocacy efforts and future directions, and takes place 11 a.m.– noon (Central), Wednesday, October 23, 2013. You can register now at http://bit.ly/1fXzz8v.

Get updated on the significant progress made after several years of intensive ALA advocacy with the nation’s largest publishers to bring ebook titles into libraries, as well as on ALA ebook lending initiatives and other success stories. Join ALA leaders as they provide views on the current digital publishing climate and discuss ways that ALA can better advocate for important library interests. Hear the inside story of the many trips to New York City made by ALA leadership, including the most recent one in early October. Explore emerging subjects in the ebook lending arena, including digital preservation, access to self-published work, and libraries as publishers. An audience Q&A will immediately follow the panel discussion.

Panelists include:
• Barbara Stripling, ALA president
• Maureen Sullivan, ALA immediate past president
• Keith Michael Fiels, ALA executive director
• Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and DCWG co-chair
• Robert Wolven, associate university librarian of Columbia University and DCWG co-chair
• Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy

The virtual town hall is hosted by ALA’s Digital Content Working Group, the Association-wide entity charged with advising the Association on opportunities and issues related to libraries and the provision of equitable access to digital content for all.

Register now at http://bit.ly/1fXzz8v

ALA Virtual Town Hall Meeting on e-Books

After several years of intensive ALA advocacy with the nation’s largest publishers to bring ebook titles into libraries, significant progress has been made. Learn about ALA ebook lending initiatives and success stories during ALA’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will explore ALA ebook advocacy efforts and future directions. The member town hall will take place from 11 a.m.– noon Central time, Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Register now.

ALA members will have the opportunity to join ALA President Barbara Stripling, Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan, and the leadership of the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) to learn about ALA ebook activities and plans. Panelists will provide views on the current digital publishing climate and discuss ways that ALA can better advocate for important library interests. Come hear about the inside story of the many trips to New York City made by ALA leadership, including the most recent one completed just this week.

The virtual town hall also will explore emerging subjects in the ebook lending arena, including digital preservation, access to self-published work, and libraries as publishers. An audience question-and-answer period will immediately follow the panel discussion.

Panelists include:
•Barbara Stripling, ALA president
•Maureen Sullivan, ALA immediate past president
•Keith Michael Fiels, ALA executive director
•Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and DCWG co-chair
•Robert Wolven, associate university librarian of Columbia University and DCWG co-chair
•Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy

Register