Using Tech to Engage Library Users Sparks ITHAKA Conference

[From the article: … [Susan Gibbons, Yale University Librarian] pointed out that
that it was important to realize the difference between what a librarian
perceives users’ needs to be, and what their actual needs are. A key is simple
communication—directly asking users what they want, and then finding the best
way to provide it. Those needs often intersect with technology. In a survey,
for example, the library found that many graduate students were asking for
access to online citation management tools, such as EndNote and RefWorks, but once offered,
they largely went unused, Gibbons said. Looking closer and asking students
questions allowed the library to understand that it had introduced the new
tools at the wrong time of the academic year—after the students were embroiled
in their dissertations and unwilling to alter their work methods. The library
reintroduced the tools at the very beginning of the academic year, and they
were then used extensively.]

Using Tech to Engage Library Users Sparks ITHAKA Conference

Library Journal

A focus on using technology to engage
with library users kept participants tuned into the second day of the
nonprofit ITHAKA’s Sustainable Scholarship Conference 2011 in New York on
September 20.



O’reilly School of Education

Tim O’Reilly has been active in the technology field for
what seems forever. I did not realize that O’Reilly books had online course as
well. Here is the link:

Bookstream–New Cloud-based Library Delivers eBooks to Students

[From the article: This school year, educators will have a new option to deliver their books. In addition to handing out textbooks in class, they will deliver eBooks through the cloud to students’ iPads, smartphones, and laptops with a new online service called Bookstream. Bookstream, developed by Don Johnston Incorporated, makes it easy for educators to hop on the Internet, upload eBooks and share them with students for anytime reading. It was designed to help educators comply with IDEA 2004 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) that require schools to deliver core curriculum in accessible formats to support students with disabilities. “We work with assistive technology specialists who drive hundreds of miles each week to deliver eBooks on flash drives,” said Ben Johnston, Director of Marketing. “It’s ironic that eBooks are delivered by car, but as one special educator explained, there aren’t many alternatives—book files are often too big and unwieldy to email or download. She was also concerned about violating copyright laws and wanted an easier way to manage digital content. She inspired us to do something about it, and now we have with Bookstream.”]

Bookstream–New Cloud-based Library Delivers eBooks to Students

‎PR Web (press release) – 1 day ago

“Educators can set up their accessible library and deliver e-Books in less than 30 minutes,” adds Ben Johnston. “Our technology is similar to Amazon’s Cloud .

For Don Johnston company, see: