Thanks to Christina Manz for sending us this link:
Judy (Temple) and Lisa (Harker Heights) are in a news segment talking about their libraries’ ebook lending. Lots of great information for borrowers and the library-publisher relationship packed in just 2 minutes.
No real surprise, but the article has some interesting graphics, including what devices patrons are reading ebooks on and changes in patron statistics due to ebooks. The graphics also show the different ways that ebooks have impacted public libraries versus academic libraries. Part of this is that academics have been buying ebooks for a while. But the bottom line is that public libraries are adapting to patrons’ needs, which is a great thing, especially in these lean budget years.
Their blurb: “Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Just like Wikipedia, you can contribute new information or corrections to the catalog. You can browse by subject, author or lists members have created. If you love books, why not help build a library?”
Check out Sarah Houghton-Jan’s review of Open Library. I looked into Open Library last week and I’m not sure if it can handle the demand for free e-books and free e-audio, but it’s an interesting concept and is another option to offer your patrons hungry for more e-content if you become a member (it’s free to join).