Wednesday, September 7, 2011

ASLA Twitter Chat Wrap Up

eBooks: the final frontier? These are the discussions of the ASLA Twitter Chat September 6, 2011. Its mission: to explore ebook options, to discuss pros and cons of bringing ebooks to school libraries, to boldly go where few school librarians have gone before.
eBooks in School Libraries-Who, What, Where, When, Why

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. 

Amy Gibson (@Mizgibson), a high school librarian from Newark, OH joined ASLA's Twitter Chat session sharing that she has 30 Kindles for her school library. 

So far (fingers crossed) she has not encountered the problems with Kindle as Buffy Hamilton (@buffyjhamilton), media specialist/teacher-librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia.  For details concerning the problems Buffy Hamilton has experienced with Kindle read her blog account here:  School librarians like Amy Gibson and Buffy Hamilton who have pioneered ebook programs are helping to pave a path for the rest of us.

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. 

 Cathy Manis

Others who retweeted some of ASLA's Twitter conversation hailed from Colorado (@pgoerner) and New Zealand (@L2_s2s).  ASLA welcomes all who are interested to particpate in our monthly Twitter Chat conversations.

A plethora of links about ebooks were shared during the ASLA Twitter Chat session.  We are proud to point out that our own Carolyn Starkey (@carolynstarkey) and Wendy Stephens (@wsstephens) were well represented in the literature that has been published related to ebooks.  Here is a listing with quotes for you to view:

Cushing Academy gave away 20,000 books transformed its library into a digital center

The survival of libraries will depend on their ability to take advantage of ebook technologies

how to manage ebook reading devices, reader application software, rights management, and licensing

How #libraries r leveraging ebook opportunity
@carolynstarkey @wsstephens
Kindle Education: reflects a real lack of understanding of the needs of K12 schools and libraries

Checking out books from the school library will start to take on new meaning as more teachers and parents insist on 24/7 access in school and at home

If ebooks r 2 b a significant part of early literacy how exactly should they be used?
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

# of ebooks in school libraries is growing a ⅓ saying they now have them in their collections
Unless you already have the e-reading devices* in hand, cancel the order
Have a purpose for any e-readers you purchase

what can the e-book do that print can't?

Have a target audience for any e-readers you purchase #tlchat #aslachat @BlueSkunkBlog
Collect data about your project

As an educator I don’t want to buy a technology that makes choosing BetaMax look brilliant by comparison

Can I do the same thing I’ve been doing, but a significant cost savings?

Can I substantially improve learning opportunities for students and staff?
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

ebooks Top School Library Focus at ALA Annual
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

took nearly two dozen steps to download an OverDrive ebook and transfer it to a device

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