This month's ASLA Twitter chat session addressed the top focus of the American Library Association's 2011 Conference...eBooks. As school librarians we are on the cusp of this debate and can play in important role in how ebooks are integrated into school libraries. It is also a topic with no concrete guidelines for school librarians to follow as ebooks are still in an exploratory stage and on rather unstable ground as publishers, authors, etc wrestle with DMR, First Sale Doctorine, and other publication concerns.
Cathy Manis (@Cathymgm), a school librarian at Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, AL brought up a point that is effectively crippling school librarians across Alabama and the country...budget woes.
Kindle Education: reflects a real lack of understanding of the needs of K12 schools and libraries
Good ebooks for the purposes of literacy instruction for young children are hard to find
technological innovations are often hampered by poor funding, lack of time, and unsupportive administrators
Unless you already have the e-reading devices* in hand, cancel the order
Have a purpose for any e-readers you purchase
Collect data about your project
HarperCollins' attempt to ensure ebooks in libraries can only be loaned out 26 times is indefensible
Many ordinary trade books circulate far more than 26 times before they're ready for the discard pile
Programming ebooks to self-destruct after 26 checkouts is tantamount to asking librarians to embrace entropy
Anxiety about choosing the wrong technology and investing scarce resources unwisely
Budler is asserting ownership of all the consortium's content on OverDrive's platform
the 3M system would follow the one book/one user model, and use the EPUB format as well as Adobe DRM, as OverDrive's ebooks do nbvgfvcd