Tag Archive for 'eLending'

Caught in the Backwash? Six things worth retaining from the time of the pandemic

When IFLA’s Trend Report was released in 2013, the strapline was ‘Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide’. The Report focused on long-term trends affecting the way we live, work, interact and learn. Today, libraries are of course faced with the very immediate question of how to provide services […]

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Filling the Evidence Gap: an Interview with Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Panorama Project

  The lending of eBooks by libraries remains an area of controversy, with libraries often facing high prices and difficult licencing conditions, while publishers worry about impacts on sales and revenues to authors. A key challenge in this has been the relative newness of the format, and the lack of […]

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Is the Library eBook Market Working? Identifying Areas for Further Investigation

With the obligation to close their doors for the safety of users and staff alike, the ability of libraries to offer services digitally has never been so important. Libraries have responded, diverting available resources and energies into providing online storytimes and consultations, and developing their presence on social media. Some […]

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Core Public Service, Corporate Social Responsibility? Supporting Libraries, Now and in the Future

Libraries and their users around the world are facing complexity and uncertainty, both in maintaining operations today, and in their future planning. Clearly a main area of concern is how to reopen and resume services safely for users and staff, given that our understanding of COVID-19 is still developing. Library […]

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Advoc8: Now and Next Part 2 – What Might a Library Advocacy Agenda for the Post-Pandemic World Look Like?

In our first ‘Now and Next’ blog, we explored a number of potential trends that are likely to shape the library field as it – and the communities it serves – emerge from the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as in the first blog, it is clear that […]

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Library Stat of the Week #14: Four out of five loans at the median national library are in electronic format

In the last two library stats of the week, we have looked at the relationship between digital and physical loans from public and academic libraries. Based on countries for which data is available, it is clear that there is a big difference in use of eBooks and other electronic formats. […]

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Library Stat of the Week #12: Pre-pandemic, eLending from public libraries lagged well-behind traditional lending. But in Denmark, eBooks already represented 1 in 7 book loans

With libraries around their world forced to close their doors to the public, there have been major spikes in demand for digital content, and in particular eBooks. Of course, libraries globally have been doing what they can to develop their digital offer for users. Digital tools and materials offer a […]

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