eBook investigations

One of the things on my 2012 to do list was to investigate eBooks for our library. So far I’ve:

  • sent out a survey to students, teachers and parents asking if they have access to eReaders of any type, if they’ve used eBooks before, etc.
  • invited Wheelers, Bolinda, and Jenny Luca (who’ll be talking about her experience as a teacher librarian using Overdrive) and FollettShelf to a network meeting that will be held in Melbourne tomorrow.
  • Asked ReadCloud to demonstrate how we might use their social reading software with our year 9s and 10s who will be receiving a Dell XT3 (tablet and laptop in one) shortly.
FollettShelf cannot attend our meeting tomorrow, but I recorded a demo and Q & A with their Asia/Pacific rep Tim Ramsey last Friday. Some of the questions I asked were:
  • Group pricing, whether for consortia access or simultaneous users ?
  • Which publishers do you have?
  • Fiction and/or non fiction
  • Audiobooks too?
  • Do we own the books?
  • What happens to the books if we don’t renew our agreement with you?
  • Which platforms do you support?
  • Which platforms don’t you support?
  • Pricing as compared to physical books
  • Early return?
  • Set borrowing periods/limits
  • Australian content?
FollettShelf video 1: eBooks and setup

FollettShelf video2: ordering eBooks

FollettShelf video 3: demo of iPad apps – Follett digital reader and Catalist digital audiobooks

FollettShelf video 4 Q & A

If you’d like to contact Tim Ramsey from FollettShelf, you can email him at tramsey@fint.follett.com or arrange a Skype session (tramsey7). As he is located in Japan, our timezones in Australia are quite similar.

Thanks so much to Stacey Taylor, Carmel Galvin and Jenny Luca for passing on vendors, links, etc.

ASLA conference debrief – at long last

It’s been remiss of me not to write about the brilliant ASLA conference I attended in October. Held at the magnificent St Ignatius College, Riverview between 2-5 October, the conference was a time to finally meet up with online friends like Stacey Taylor, Marita Thomson, Anne Weaver, Jessica Jorna, Nadia Merchant, Trent McAllan, Chris Betcher and Robyn Knowles and spend time with those I’d already had the privilege to meet like Cathy Oxley, Carmel Galvin, Karen Innes and Anne Whisken (hope I haven’t missed anyone – let me know if I did!) It was also a time to be challenged and informed.

Staying on campus was a great experience as the conversations flowed all day and at dinnertime and beyond. The themed dinner was a lot of fun. It was terrific that lots of people that couldn’t attend followed the conference on Twitter via the #asla2011 tag.

Unfortunately I didn’t arrive in time for Karen Bonanno’s keynote, but you’ll find it here.

Judy O’Connell’s keynote was thoughtful and challenging.

Dean Groom’s keynote was as awesome as the man himself.

ASLA 2011

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I’m sure all of the delegates learned as much as me and couldn’t wait to get back to school to put some of the ideas into practice. What does worry me are the people who don’t attend these conferences or don’t follow the conversation from home. I know we can’t get to every conference we’d like to, and often following the # and associated links really is the next best thing. But what about the people who don’t do either? How are they being challenged to move with the times?