Whitman’s Method

Reprinted from Scott’s Tech Tips – a Librarian’s blog on tech & the digital world

Hi all, here’s the info I compiled from my question re: ereaders. I have in my paws the Sony reader touch, and the B&N Nook. We’re still looking through policies, etc, but I think we are going to take date-specific reservations, and are going to charge $1.00 per day at the time of the registration. This way folks can have it when they want it, for one day or two weeks, and the small fee will make the reservation a little more meaningful. My trustees are particularly excited to market the accessibility issue with our patrons. These readers will open up the Large Print collection tremendously. It seems that most libraries who lend the Kindle (those who wrote to me, anyway) have patrons sign a contract that clearly delineates how much a replacement charge would cost (don’t forget cords and content!) and
require an adult driver’s license.

Here’s the compilation of MA libraries circulating Kindles:
-Belmont Library
-Marian Court College, Swampscott
-Boston Athenaeum
-Diman Regional Vocational-Technical High School, Fall River

I would research this very carefully before deciding to go with a Kindle – first of all they don’t work with library subscription ebooks such as those from netLibrary or Overdrive. Secondly I understand that they store the credit card buying information so that there is a risk(?) of a patron buying additional books for it from Amazon and it automatically being charged to the card the library uses to purchase ebooks from Amazon? I don’t own one, but that caution was brought up in a meeting I recently attended. Also, Nadine (Director, Lynn (MA) Public Library) raises an interesting point about circulating Kindles might be going against Amazon’s licensing rules as well. The Sony ebook is actively working with Overdrive in promoting library ebooks and library usage…

Jennifer Inglis
I found this helpful info:


Alternate Readers

10/06/2010 09:26 AM

The nook (not the 3 G version) and Kobo cost under $150.00 and both work with OverDrive ebooks which most consortia carry.
They also work with Gutenberg project [free] ebooks.
The Kindle,  as others have pointed out,  does not work with OverDrive (and Ingram) ebooks and it seems that libraries have to use a workaround
to purchase titles for that device.

Does anyone know if Gutenberg titles are downloable on the Kindle?

I just bought a nook for personal use (and love it!) but would have preferred to have first borrowed different types of devices from a library to try these out at home.  It’s great that libraries will allow patrons to borrow devices but please consider these other eReaders in addition to the Kindle.
My two cents.

Eileen Chandler
Member Services Manager
CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing)


Circulating Kindles

The Lunenburg Public Library has been circulating Kindles for close to 6 months. We received a minigrant from the former CMRLS and I was able to purchase 3 Kindles and download several titles. We have over 15 holds on the Kindles currently, so I recently purchased 2 more and am in the process of adding them to the collection (along with several new titles) as well.
The feedback that I have received from patrons has been overwhelmingly positive. They are more interested in “trying one out” than in any particular title that is found on the Kindle. My son’s 11th grade English teacher borrowed one and discussed the pros and cons of e-readers to his class. We loan out other “non-book” items and find that the public appreciates us doing that so that they may try various equipment and technology that they 1-may not be able to afford or 2-would like to try before purchasing. I see this as just another service we provide to our patrons and probably good publicity for Amazon.
Ideally, it would be great if we could all purchase various forms of technology/electronic equipment and make them available through ILL. Libraries are about equal access to information and are great equalizers in our society. What better way to do that than to provide our patrons with access to technology they might not be able to afford?
Just my thoughts…..
Amy L. Sadkin
Lunenburg Public Library

B & N Nook Experts @ Hadley Public

10/01/2010 02:38 PM

On November 22nd at 6:30 pm. The South Hadley Library will have the B & N
Nook experts from Hadley MA coming to talk to the public about how the nook works with the library materials, and what B&N is doing to promote that form of sharing with their devices.
Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.
I will be meeting with the Nook experts to finalize the topics in a few

Desirée Smelcer
Adult Services Librarian
South Hadley Public Library

Kindles (not library friendly)

10/01/2010 02:24 PM

And I’ll throw a few more cents in, and remind everyone that Amazon has not, thus far, indicated that lending the device is actually ok–it does violate the terms of use, but they haven’t taken a stance.  I asked them directly at the Book Expo two years ago (wow) and they said that they won’t give libraries the go-ahead, but they’re not making that public.

Also, public libraries are buying content that doesn’t work on the Kindle.  Let’s not make this ONE brand become the all and end all to ebook lending in libraries.  There are lots of options, and some vendors (Sony, B&N for example) have acknowledged the public library in their own advertising.

Jennifer Inglis, MAT, MSLIS
Framingham High School

MBLC – feasibility study

10/01/2010 02:09 PM

As the MBLC is already preparing for our next RFP process for statewide databases for FY13 (to start July 2012), the MBLC will be conducting surveys to examine the scope of electronic resources for the next  contract, as well as the feasibility of licensing e-books on a statewide basis.

If you haven’t already seen it,  the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) just released their e-book report, “eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries.” This report was researched and written by a COSLA Task Force made up of the state librarians from California, Kansas, Oregon, and Rob Maier from the MBLC, as well as Tom Peters and Pinpoint Logic, a design strategy company.  The task force interviewed ten library managers and staff from urban, suburban, and rural public libraries regarding eBook access, delivery and devices.  The report concludes that the following are short and long-term overall needs regarding eBooks:

•          Finding a low-cost way to lend devices through the library or let people try them out

•          Improving the ease of use for discovering and getting library eBooks

•          Expanding access to eBooks through larger collections and national buying pools while delivering real-time local statistics in a manner that helps library funders see the value of large-scale collaboration at the local level

•          Applying leverage to publishers and vendors for better pricing, licensing models, more reasonable copyright or DRM models around shared use, and standards

•          Exploring how libraries can transition from an emphasis on content supplier to creating spaces that invite social interaction around learning and living literature

Quoted directly from the report, p.6. To see the full-report on line go to: http://www.cosla.org/documents/COSLA2270_Report_Final1.pdf

Finally, you might also want to take a look at Blio.com, a new free e-book reading software developed by Baker and Taylor, Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation for the Blind.  Blio works on all devices (pc’s, laptops, mobile phones, I-Pads, etc.)  It removes the purchaser (in our case, libraries) from being tied to a specific platform or device.  It presents books as they are laid out in printed form, color, pictures (think cookbooks!), while letting you zoom in and out, read the same book on multiple devices at the same time (start on your pc, finish on your mobile phone), etc.  For more information see http://www.blio.com/meet_blio

Marlene Sue Heroux
Reference Information Systems Specialist
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

ALA – Equitable Access

10/01/2010 01:28 PM

The American Library Association is in the process of forming a Presidential Task Force to deal with this issue.  This is the result of resolution that was passed at ALA annual in Washington D.C.  I created the resolution, along with two other librarians, in my capacity as MLA Chapter Councilor to ALA.  I’ve attached the resolution to this email, as I think that it delineates all of the access problems to e-content challenging the nation’s libraries.  The task force will report back to Council at the 2010 annual meeting in New Orleans.

A Resolution to Ensure Equitable Access to All Formats.doc


Jacqueline Rafferty, MA Chapter Councilor to ALA
Library Director
Paul Pratt Memorial Library