(update：November 25, 2013)
The Massachusetts Library System (MLS), in cooperation with its vendor partners – Baker & Taylor and BiblioLabs - is delighted to announce the launch of the MA eBook Project. Beginning November 21, 2013, 51 pilot libraries will begin to offer eBooks to their communities for a six-month pilot project to explore different models for eBook lending, different platforms and user experiences...
Source: Massachusetts Library System
IEEE Statement on Appropriate Use of Bibliometric Indicators
(update：November 18, 2013)
The IEEE recognizes the increasing importance of bibliometric indicators as independent measures of quality or impact of any scientific publication and therefore explicitly and firmly condemns any practice aimed at influencing the number of citations to a specific journal with the sole purpose of artificially influencing the corresponding indices...
Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries
(update：October 30, 2013)
Academic libraries continue to face funding pressures compounded by the need to provide students with access to electronic resources, both in journal and book formats. With space constraints and the need to repurpose library space to other purposes, libraries must carefully examine the move to e-only formats for books to determine if the format makes reasonable economic sense...
Source: College & Research Libraries
Nation’s first all-digital, bookless library opens in Texas
(update：September 15, 2013)
Opening yesterday in San Antonio, Texas, the Bexar County digital library called BiblioTech is the first library in the United States that only provides digital copies of books to patrons rather than stocking paper copies as well. Using a store design that’s a combination of a trendy Internet cafe and an Apple store, the public is free to browse the catalog of e-books on one of the large touchscreen tables and download a copy onto their personal e-reader like an Amazon Kindle...
(update：August 28, 2013)
E-book accessibility for readers with sight loss has increased by nearly 40% in the last two years.
A report by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has revealed that 84% of the top 1,000 best-selling e-books in 2012 could be read by partially-sighted people, up from 45% in 2010...
Source: The Bookseller
(update：August 19, 2013)
Today, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is excited to launch BorrowItNow, a consortial borrowing system based on the Relais International D2D product. BorrowItNow allows patrons to discover library materials via a virtual union catalog, which spans across all participating members’ ILS systems...
(update：August 15, 2013)
In May, OverDrive launched the Big Library Readprogram, designed to demonstrate the valuable role libraries play in connecting readers with books and authors. It was the first-ever global book club, connecting readers around the world who read the same book at the same time...
(update：July 22, 2013)
Books, like you’ve frequently seen them before!
After a whole lot of trial (and a little error), the Library’s book digitisation pilot programme has successfully produced our first ebooks. We want to know what you think of them so we can dive into digitising a whole lot more... Source: National Library of New Zealand
Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations
(update：June 25, 2013)
Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—exhibit a fascinating mix of habits and preferences when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. Almost all Americans under age 30 are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and internet connections; however, they are also still closely bound to print, as three-quarters (75%) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64% of adults ages 30 and older... Source: PEW INTERNET & AMERICAN LIFE PROJECT
British Library Grant Helps Duke Preserve Tibetan Manuscripts
(update：June 17, 2013)
Duke University has received a grant from the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme to digitize and preserve a trove of ancient religious manuscripts related to Bön, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet.
Once digitized, the manuscripts will be made freely available online through the British Library, giving scholars around the world access to an important archive of religious texts that were previously accessible only by traveling to a monastery in a remote part of the Indian Himalayas... Source: DUKE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Source: BRITISH LIBRARY
ARCHIVES PROJECT WILL GIVE GREAT ACCESS TO FIJI’S HISTORY
(update：May 26, 2013)
Government will soon make Fiji’s historical archival footage accessible to all Fijians through a comprehensive restoration and digitization process. PM Bainimarama said the National Archives of Fiji has in its storage, footage of irreplaceable history including Fiji’s colonial past, sporting achievements and cultural events... Source: Government of the Republic of Fiji
(update：May 23, 2013)
Robert Miller, CTVI & AT Instructor, and Miranda Anderson, AT Lab Asst, at Oklahoma School for the Blind recently published a free online booklet on iPad accessibility (iOS6). Their booklet is designed to help teachers or parents teach their students basic iPad skills to surf with Safari, read books with iBooks, and learn text entry with Notes... Source: WonderBaby.org
Children’s on-screen reading overtakes reading in print
(update：May 16, 2013)
For the first time children are reading more on computers and other electronic devices than they are reading books, magazines, newspapers and comics. This is potentially detrimental to children’s reading levels as those who read daily only on-screen are much less likely to be good readers than those who read in print... Source: National Literacy Trust
Windows Phoneを採用したNokia Lumia 982が5月16日に米国で発売されました。
Hands-on: Camera remains the focus with Nokia’s Lumia 928
(update：May 14, 2013)
The long-rumored Nokia Lumia 928 will debut this Thursday when it become available on Verizon as the answer to AT&T’s Lumia 920. This Windows Phone 8 handset is slimmed down compared to its predecessor and has some spec bumps... Source: Ars Technica
COMMENTS OF THE LIBRARY COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE ON THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
(update：May 10, 2013)
The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) consists of three major library associations—the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries—that collectively represent over 100,000 libraries in the United States employing over 350,000 librarians and other personnel... Source: Library Copyright Alliance
OverDrive and Sourcebooks to Launch Ambitious Ebook Data Experiment
(update：May 3, 2013)
OverDrive and Sourcebooks are preparing to launch an innovative and ambitious pilot program whose goal is to clearly demonstrate the impact library ebook lending has on book sales and author recognition... Source: Library Journal
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP TO OFFER FULL EBOOK CATALOG TO LIBRARIES: MORE THAN 5,000 TITLES, INCLUDING NEW RELEASES
(update：May 1, 2013)
Hachette Book Group announced today that, beginning May 8, it will make its full ebook catalog, including new releases, available to nonprofit public and school libraries across the nation... Source: Hachette Book Group
(update：May 1, 2013)
Philadelphia school children are facing an education without librarians—as well as nurses, counselors, athletic coaches, summer school, and school secretaries—because of a $304 million budget shortfall for the 2013–2014 school year... Source: School Library Journal
The Winds of Change | Periodicals Price Survey 2013
(update：April 25, 2013)
The stock market has hit record highs, and unemployment has reached the lowest level since the recession began. Despite this good news, the library economic environment has not seen commensurate improvement... Source: Library Journal
Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
(update：April 23, 2013)
Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is... Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services
(update：April 10, 2013)
ProQuest affiliate Bowker, ProQuest ebook business ebrary, and Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), are uniting to improve...