October 27, 2016


Grow Your Budget: Think Like an Australian


With book budgets being chipped away by price increases for serial subscriptions, and ebook budgets feeling the squeeze from journals, librarians are spending more time seeking ways to relieve this financial pressure. But a model of fiscal efficiency does exist—Down Under. “Australian libraries have been sort of the canary in the coal mine when it […]


Put Your Researchers on the Path to Independence


The metric of a librarian’s success is in many ways tied to their users’ success. If researchers can discover relevant information, evaluate it, and then access it, reporting will show not only higher usage, but higher quality usage—allowing librarians to breathe easier. “There is nothing more frustrating for a librarian than having content that they’ve […]

Latest hoopla Interface Upgrade Includes “Kids Mode,” Advanced Search


On-demand streaming media, digital comics, and ebook platform hoopla debuted its new 4.0 interface today at the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2016 conference in Denver. Reflecting feedback from libraries and patrons, the new interface includes an advanced search feature enabling discovery of titles from across the platform’s various formats, and a Kids’ Mode feature that instantly weeds out all teen and adult-targeted content to customize the hoopla experience for children.

Ryan Litsey | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Tech Leaders

Ryan Litsey

All things being equal, the simplest interlibrary loan (ILL) process is usually the best. That’s the idea behind Occam’s Reader, a software add-on for the OCLC ILLiad work flow solution that makes it possible for academic libraries to “loan” ebooks electronically to one another for easy access by students and researchers.

EBSCO, Penguin Random House Partner to Offer Ebooks

EBSCO eBooks and Penguin Random House logos

EBSCO Information Services this month announced a partnership with Penguin Random House (PRH), and now offers the publisher’s entire collection of 21,000 fiction and nonfiction ebook titles from leading authors including John Grisham, Mindy Kaling, Paula Hawkins, Toni Morrison, and Danielle Steel. PRH ebooks will join titles from big five publisher Hachette, as well as Perseus, Algonquin, Workman, Sourcebook, Lerner, and other publishers, in EBSCO eBooks collections.

NYPL, Benetech Partner to Offer 370,000 Accessible Ebooks to Print Disabled

Benetech logo

The New York Public Library in December announced a new partnership with nonprofit Benetech, and the organization’s Bookshare solution, to provide print disabled patrons with access to more than 370,000 accessible ebooks through NYPL and the Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Although Bookshare provides free access to its collection for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities through an award by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, access to the collection for qualifying adults, seniors, and other non-students generally requires payment of a $25 setup fee and a $50 annual subscription fee. The partnership to provide free access to library patrons through NYPL is Bookshare’s first such partnership with a U.S. library, and Benetech officials have stated that the organization is hoping to establish similar agreements with public libraries throughout the U.S.

Penguin Random House Announces New Ebook Terms of Sale for Libraries

Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House today announced a new unified, companywide terms of sale (TOS) policy for ebook licenses sold to public, school, and other libraries working with approved ebook vendors in the United States and Canada. Effective January 1, 2016, all Penguin and Random House adult and children’s frontlist and backlist ebook titles will be available under the one-ebook, one-user, no loan cap perpetual licensing model that has long been employed by Random House.

Amigos Launches eShelf Service

Amigos eShelf Service

Dallas-based non-profit library cooperative Amigos Library Services announced the official debut of the Amigos eShelf Service, a new ebook platform for public, school, and academic libraries. Developed with funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the service is available to both Amigos members and non-members throughout the U.S., and currently features a selection of 25,000 titles from 60 imprints of nine publishers, including Rowman and Littlefield, Crossroad Press, O’Reilly Media, and ABDO.

Q&A With Kelvin Watson, New CIO for Queens Library

Queens Library Chief Information and Technology Officer Kelvin Watson

Kelvin Watson last month was named Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for Queens Library (QL) in New York. In addition to his prior position as QL’s VP of digital services and strategy, Watson’s background includes positions at companies and organizations including The Library Corporation (TLC), Ingram, Borders, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is also the current president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA).

Jim Schmidt on Analytics, Widgets, Digital Magazines, and Other Aspects of the Digital Shift

Jim Schmidt

On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their sixth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities.” Recorded Books is a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Jim Schmidt, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ evolving role in using the latest technology to connect patrons to the information, tools, and services that they need—and to one another.