Leap Day Launch Ebooks MN

ebooks MN logoEbooks Minnesota launches today!

Ebooks MN is a collection featuring content from Minnesota’s independent publishers. Today’s opening-day collection includes about 2,500 titles, and Minitex plans to add more soon.

Ebooks from ABDO, Lerner Publishing Group, and Cherry Lake Publishing make up a significant part of the school-age collection. Ebooks MN also includes scholarly and literary titles from the University of Minnesota Press, Milkweed Editions, Coffee House Press, and Arcadia Publishing/The History Press. These independent presses publish ebooks on a wide variety of topics and genres from sharks to the black death and from graphic novels to literary fiction. Ebooks MN also includes titles about Minnesota, such as Twins Baseball and Legendary Locals of Crookston, that were published outside the state. There is no limit to the number of titles that can be checked out at any time and readers can keep titles as long as they wish.

Minitex will manage access to Ebooks MN using the familiar IP-range method used for the Electronic Library for Minnesota. No digital rights management (DRM) is required. Minnesota will have permanent access to these titles, there is no limit to the number that can be checked out at a time, and readers can keep them as long as they wish.  As with ELM, there is no additional cost for libraries to use the collection. Be sure to watch and share our introductory video, and download the app from iTunes, Google Play, or for your Kindle Fire.

Ebooks MN is a two-year pilot project of the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services and Minitex. The collection is made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by Minitex. The initiative originated from the 2014 Explore eBooks MN Summit and from the contributions of librarians across the state.  

Ebooks MN Training

Minitex Ebooks MN no txtEbooks Minnesota webinar with Q&A

Date:  February 17, 2016
Time:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ebook MN Registration

This webinar will provide a detailed overview of Ebooks Minnesota on the BiblioBoard Library platform. Attendees will gain an understanding of the parameters and focus of the program from a Minitex team member, followed by a demonstration of the navigation and content on BiblioBoard, the PatronsFirst mobile library.

eBooks Minnesota

Minitex and the Minnesota Department of Education State Library Services will launch a two-year pilot project that will create a statewide collection of ebooks. The opening day collection will bring statewide access to school-aged content from Minnesota independent presses. Over time, the goal is to create an ebook collection that is of interest to all age groups and all types of libraries.  Currently, Minitex and State Library Services are seeking input to how best to accomplish long-term collection development and achieve project stability

ebooks MN logoeBooks Minnesota Goals

  • Support Minnesota’s authors
  • Support Minnesota’s independent publishers
  • Bring authors, publishers and librarians together
  • Connect children and youth to ebooks that support school and public library collections
  • Supplement adult ebook collections
  • Preserve Minnesota’s literary heritage
  • Provide ebooks for public, school and academic libraries
  • Purchase from publishers throughout Minnesota

This continuing statewide partnership builds on the 2014 work for Explore eBooks MN.  After a series of webinars and an all-day participatory retreat, the library community identified these outcomes as essential for any future statewide endeavors.

  • Permanent Ownership of Titles
  • Unlimited Access
  • Unlimited Circulation Period
  • DRM-Free
  • Easy to Use
  • Shared, For All Types Libraries
  • Stable Funding   (Two year pilot)
  • Training & Support
  • Infrastructure including for ILL  (In development)
  • Advocacy  (In development)

Total Boox and New Ebook Pricing Models

MinitexTotal Boox and New Ebook Pricing Models
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11:00 AM–12:00 PM (Central Time)

The shift to ebooks has wrought many changes in the library market. Most of them haven’t worked to our advantage. But there are some interesting new business models. In this webinar, presenter Jamie LaRue focuses on a company called Total Boox, which allows for unrestricted downloads, multiple use at the same time, no holds, no waiting, for all titles. How do they make money? The library pays only for what gets read (not what gets checked out). But this means that libraries (and publishers) get a rich new source of data: what percentage of books do people actually finish? Does it vary by genre? What might this mean for collection development?

Presenter:  James LaRue writes, speaks and consults about the future of libraries, with a focus on organizational and leadership development. As the former director of the Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries, he established a library managed ebook content delivery platform that garnered international attention. He is also author of “The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges” (Libraries Unlimited, 2007).

EBooks, Patrons, Libraries, and Consortia

Minitex grahicEbooks, Patrons, Libraries, and Consortia: Past, Present, and Plans for the Future

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM–2:00 PM (Central Time)

Greg Pronevitz, executive director of the Massachusetts Library System and stakeholder in a statewide ebook platform servicing over 400 libraries, will discuss consortial ebook platforms and their history, present, and plans for the future among library consortia. Our patrons who have patience have grown accustomed to state-of-the-art library platforms and can navigate the maze of links and authorizations required to check out ebooks. Those without patience buy their ebooks from commercial providers. Greg believes that libraries can succeed in serving current ebook patrons and many new ones as the years go by if they work together.

Presenter:  Greg Pronevitz is the founding executive director of the 1,600-member Massachusetts Library System (MLS). He has 17 years experience at the CEO level at MLS and one of its pre-merger components. He spent nine years managing the provision of services to libraries in a consortial environment at OHIONET.

Greg is an advocate for consortial services. He has written and spoken frequently on library delivery service. He was a key player in the formation of the Digital Commonwealth of Massachusetts (one of the Digital Public Library of America’s founding hubs). At MLS, Greg has worked with main partner the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (the state library agency) and other stakeholders to pilot a statewide ebook platform that has been expanded in beta and has grown to more than 400 subscribing libraries called the Commonwealth eBook Collections with access to some 170,000 titles.

And Greg has a Minitex connection: He was co-author/editor with Minitex director, Valerie Horton of the 2015 ALA Editions book Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability.

Big Library Read: Eyes on You

Eyes on You cover artOverDrive just announced the winner for the next Big Library Read program: Eyes on You by Kate White. In this fast-paced suspense novel, Robin Trainer learns that being a media star comes with its costs; including potentially her own life. Can you guess her perpetrator before the big reveal?

Both the eBook and the eAudiobook formats of the title will be available with unlimited access between June 9 (midday) and June 23 (10:59 PM). Check with your regional library to see if your local library is participating in this nationwide reading event.

For more information on Big Library Read, check out their website.

For promotional material, check the OverDrive Partners site.

eBook Summit Follow-up

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014A note of appreciation and an update from Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education …

Thank you for participating in the Explore eBooks MN Summit!  Because of you, the Summit was an engaging day of idea-sharing and thoughtful exploration into Minnesota’s ebook future.

Here are the results of the facilitated discussion, also available on the Explore eBooks MN website, check the Summit tab. Audio recordings of the keynote speeches can also be found there, and we’ll soon add the presenters’ PowerPoint slides.

Please share your thoughts about the summit by taking a brief survey.

The results of the summit will be shared during sessions at both the upcoming ITEM and MLA conferences. We look forward to seeing you there!

Again, thank you!
–Jen Verbrugge

eContent Creation in Libraries

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014eContent Creation in Libraries:  Explore eBooks MN Webinar, 5th and final in a series

Academic, public and K-12 libraries are increasingly involved in e-content creation. K-12 libraries, for example, foster efforts by schools and school districts to create and make accessible standards-driven open education resources. Academic libraries have opportunities to support the creation of eTextbooks and as self-publishing takes hold, public libraries have a potential role to play in the creation, publishing and distribution process. This session will highlight the ways in which libraries of all types are participating in eContent creation and Open Access Publishing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1–2 p.m.

Presenters: Joy Kirchner, University of Minnesota and Sybil Smith, CEO of Smith House Press Publishing Consultants

As associate university librarian for content and collections and interim Co-AUL for research and learning at the University of Minnesota, Joy Kirchner is a member of the senior leadership team where she oversees two of the Libraries divisions that manage collections acquisitions, development, preservation and publishing. A chief priority this year included the roll-out of a Content Services Initiative that involved conceptualizing, implementing and promoting sustainable services for content creation and publishing for scholarly and creative works for the campus community.

Sybil Smith has been publishing books since 1982 and is CEO of Smith House Press Publishing Consultants, which helps authors successfully self-publish their own books. She also owns two publishing companies, Smith House Press and FINS Publications, and regularly gives seminars including “Congratulations, You Have Written a Book…Now What?” and “How to Write, Publish and Sell Your eBook.”

Register now

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Explore eBooks Summit

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014Explore eBooks MN: A Summit on the Future of eBooks in Minnesota

Build your knowledge, share your opinion, and strengthen Minnesota’s libraries.  An opportunity to learn more about the experiences of other states in their pioneering eBook efforts and work collaboratively with fellow librarians in a facilitated session to carve a path toward propelling eBooks in Minnesota.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

St Catherine University

Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine
2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
Parking is available and free on campus

Presenters and Facilitators:

  • Deb Hoadley, Massachusetts E-Book Project
  • Kim Armstrong and Mark Sandler, Center for Library Initiatives Committee on Institutional Cooperation
  • Consensus workshops led by certified facilitators from Minnesota Technology of Participation

Registration fee is $30 and includes lunch.

Register by Wednesday, August 6

For more information

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Grants to States program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services with financial support from CRPLSA.

eBook Growth

Fun tidbit from State Library Services —

Preliminary data show that the number of ebooks licensed regionally grew 25,163% (from 294 to 74,273) between 2009 and 2013, and 114% between 2012 and 2013 (34,786 to 74,273).

eBooks in Libraries

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014eBooks in Libraries: A Business Models Overview

The eBook market rapidly evolves, and all types of libraries must continuously adapt to the changes. This session will provide an understanding of the differences among business models used by academic, public and K-12 libraries. Participants will leave the webinar with a greater understanding of library eBook stakeholders, restrictions on eBook use and access for libraries, and new eBook models that potentially address library concerns.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 2–3:15 p.m.

Presenter: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

Sue Polanka created the award-winning blog, No Shelf Required®, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers. The blog transformed into a book series with ALA Publishing. Sue is the Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio, Past-President of the Academic Library Association of Ohio, and was elected to ALA Council in 2012. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2011 and named Alumnus of the Year by Kent State University School of Library and Information Science in 2013. She is co-editor of the new ALA journal, eContent Quarterly. Sue speaks internationally on the topic of eBooks.

Register now! There is no fee to attend this webinar.

For more information

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Grants to States program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services with financial support from CRPLSA.

Nifty eBook Poster – with one correction

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014

For those around the state who are helping promote the upcoming series of eBook webinars and the August eBook Summit, please swap this poster for any publicity you have already shared.  The time of the June 25 webinar will be one hour later.

Sorry for the inconvenience in swapping posters — Thank you for your help in spreading the news about this important professional discussion.

Revised eBook Minnesota poster

Access to eBooks

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014Access to eBooks: Challenges Facing Libraries and Publishers

The barriers to providing access to eContent collections varies by type of library, and is driven, at least in part, by a tension between the practices of publishers designed to increase sales and the desire of libraries to provide access to content of high interest and/or need to patrons. Participants will emerge with a deeper understanding of the shared barriers to increasing cost-effective access to eContent and learn about the groundbreaking work of the ReadersFirst initiative.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Presenter: Jamie LaRue, LaRue and Associates Consulting

After leading the Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries for over 23 years, Jamie LaRue struck out on his own to be a full time thought leader. He writes, speaks, and consults about the future of public libraries. He is the author of “The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges,” and is well known for the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of eBooks.

Register Now!  There is no fee to participate in this webinar.

For more information

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Grants to States program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services with financial support from CRPLSA.

eBook Basics

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014

eBooks are a fact of life for libraries of all types. This webinar will define common terms, describe how eBooks work, and give insight into how libraries are integrating eBooks into their collections and services. The session will give participants a solid understanding of how eBooks are impacting libraries.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Open to all public, academic, K-12, and special librarians, and others interested in learning more about eBooks and libraries.

Register Now!  There is no fee to attend this webinar.

For more information

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Grants to States program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services with financial support from CRPLSA.

Explore E-Books MN – Coming Soon!

Save the Date(s) for Explore E-Books MN (Jointly sponsored by CRPLSA)

Join fellow public, academic, school and special librarians in a statewide effort to explore the  integration of e-books into libraries, grow an understanding of how e-books and e-content impact  libraries, and engage in conversation around the future of e-books in Minnesota. The Explore E-Books MN series of events will combine the internal expertise of Minnesotans with perspectives from national e-book innovators to further our professional understanding and build consensus. Improve your library’s capacity to embrace a digital future by participating in each event.

Live Webinars

  1. E-Book Basics, Wed, April 30, 2014, 1–2 p.m.
  2. Access to E-Books: Challenges Facing Libraries & Publishers, Wed, May 21, 2014, 1–2 p.m.
  3. E-Books in Libraries: A Business Models Overview, Wed, June 18, 2014, 1–2 p.m.
  4. E-Content Creation in Libraries, Wed, July 23, 2014, 1–2 p.m.

 Explore E-Books MN Summit

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m., St. Catherine University, St. Paul

More details and registration information to follow.  Mark your calendars now!

eBook Talking Points

Libraries Strengthen Minnesota logo smallThe library legislative platform supports an investigation in the wide variance of pricing for libraries compared to individual purchases, and the exploration of possible remedies to this uneven and discriminatory sales model.

Contract language, numerous pricing models, and variations by type of library abound.  To help library advocates wade through this information maze, the MLA Legislative Committee shared four documents that provide background information and may be used as legislative talking points.

  1. eBooks and Libraries (an FAQ)
  2. eBooks and School Libraries
  3. eBooks and Academic Libraries
  4. Pricing comparison prepared by Douglas County Library (Colorado, 2013)