It was a coup when 3M announced in June, just three months after Penguin Group had severed its relationship with OverDrive, that it had brought Penguin tentatively back into the library ebook fold through a pilot project with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). The deal typified the way 3M has made its presence felt in the library ebook market, from striking such notable content deals to bringing its considerable experience as a technology company to bear on the development of its 3M Cloud Library platform and hiring away LJ reviews editor Heather McCormack.
LJ’s third annual Ebook third annual ebook summit “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond” featured insightful presentations and lively discussions on topics ranging from ebook discovery, how ebooks have affected collection development strategies, the growth of etextbooks, and a post-mortem on the industry’s response to the Research Works Act early this year.
Conference Under Way, ALA President Praises New Penguin Ebook Pilot With NYC Libraries | ALA Annual 2012
Big Six publisher Penguin Group, the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and 3M Library Systems today announced a pilot project to make Penguin ebooks available to patrons of The New York and Brooklyn public libraries six months after initial publication. The program will begin in August and, if successful, could roll out across the country. The move comes four months after Penguin pulled out of its contract with OverDrive.
In a move that could engender significant innovation for library self-service systems, 3M Library Systems will announce on Friday that it is donating its Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP) to the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), which will now have responsibility for future development and ongoing maintenance of SIP.