March 10, 2010
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released the E-Book survey 2010
this week and while some of the findings are not entirely new (simplicity and ease of use are ebook features that are valued by librarians, over and above more sophisticated end‐user features) it really includes some interesting stuff.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- Traditional sources of book discovery continue to be important for ebooks as well. Librarians find and learn about ebooks from book vendors and by inclusion in content bundles. They believe that users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines.
- Participants indicated that users prefer ebooks in PDF format, but as one participant stated, format preference will change as technology changes.
- Digital rights management is the single most important factor that hinders ebook use for library patrons.
- Purchase with perpetual access is the most acceptable business model for ebooks, with 83% of participants indicating that this model is very acceptable. However, significant numbers of participants indicated that other very different models are also acceptable.
Survey responses indicate that librarians learn about ebooks in a variety of ways, but that actions by publishers and book vendors are very important in the process. Book vendors and inclusion in content packages were most frequently marked as very significant methods for learning about ebooks. However, these methods were also frequently marked as significant or very significant: request from patron (54), colleagues (57), reference in the research literature (56), inclusion in content package (74), book vendor (77), and publisher marketing material (68).
Users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines
It really is worth reading!
February 5, 2010
I really like infographics – I admire how others can use simple graphics to explain complex ideas and concepts.
So naturally I love VisualEconomics as they unravel the complexities of economic and financial data.
I think these graphics could be used with great success to teach students some of the more complex economics and financial concepts.
Their Choosing a Certificate of Deposit (CD) vs. a Savings Account (second image below) is a good example – even I can follow that!
February 3, 2010
DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).
The DART-Europe partners help to provide researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and they participate in advocacy to influence future European e-theses developments. DART-Europe offers partners a European networking forum on ETD issues, and may provide the opportunity to submit collaborative funding applications to achieve DART-Europe’s vision for ETDs.
DART-Europe is resourced through partner contributions.
Partners support the following principles:
- DART-Europe will encourage the creation, discovery and use of European e-theses, and will maintain a central Portal for e-thesis aggregation and access.
- European libraries and consortia are invited to contribute metadata to the DART-Europe Portal. Contributors will determine the terms and conditions under which their metadata are contributed.
- DART-Europe welcomes the contribution by partners of resources to support the management, discovery, usability and preservation of e-theses, and to further the aims and objectives of DART-Europe.
- Partners will designate one representative to act as a contact for DART-Europe, and will nominate at least one representative to participate in the DART-Europe email lists.
- DART-Europe welcomes offers from partners to host DART-Europe Project Board meetings, as occasion demands.
- Partners will help to secure DART-Europe’s status as an international network of excellence in information, expertise and resources relating to ETDs.
- DART-Europe will be administered by UCL (University College London) and governed by a Board consisting of representatives of partner organisations. The constitution and Terms of Reference of the governing Board will be determined and from time to time reviewed by the Board.
October 12, 2009
Kineo has released a guide on the skills needed for e-learning teams where they’ve looked at:
- Entry level skills required
- More advanced skills
- Content authoring and learning design skills
- Performance needs analysis and consulting skills
- Why you need to be aware of what’s going on in the industry
The guide has Rapid Angle boxes after each section with useful links you can use to learn a specific skill they’ve mentioned.
The guide is very useful for a basic skills audit and will def help my and your section to show skills gaps.