The menu for today: The Pew report on tablet and e-book readers;  OCLC and a recent partnership; new 19th century databases as well as a satisfaction survey from Gale; an audio report from CNI’s Clifford Lynch; and the (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

Tablet and E-book reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period

Along with other data The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that “the share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period.  The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped from 18% in December to 29% in January.”

The holiday gift-giving season as well as price reductions for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble’s Nook “dramatically shifted” the demand for these devices.

OCLC establishes strategic partnership with Sustainable Collection Services 

“OCLC has established a strategic partnership with Sustainable Collection Services, LLC, an organization founded by the principals of R2 Consulting, that… makes use of the WorldCat Search API to provide decision-support for collection assessment, deselection, and shared print projects.  One of the main services offered by SCS is to assist libraries implement a “carefully-managed drawdown of low-use print monographs while supporting resource sharing and print archiving efforts.”  (Against the Grain will publish an interview with Rick Lugg and Ruth Fischer of Sustainable Collection Services in our next issue.)

From the Floor: Gale Goes 19th Century

It appears that Gale is “going old school with a 19th-century focus. The Nineteenth Century Collection offers a broad look at everything from the 1800s, including newspapers, books, maps, and more.”  And as the ATG NewsChannel reported earlier (News and Announcements 1/19/12), Gale has also… “announced an agreement to provide an online archive of more than 100 years of National Geographic magazine. Available to libraries this spring, will be National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to 1994.”

Gale Announces High Independent Satisfaction Scores for Biography in Context

Gale today announced results of independent customer satisfaction research and analysis that revealed high school students and librarians are highly satisfied with Biography in Context, a comprehensive digital biography resource designed from user input. The increase in satisfaction follows ongoing improvements in search functionality and the addition of new content and hundreds of portals.

Large Datasets, Identity, & New Digital Scholarship

This is an audio CNI Conversations from CNI director Clifford Lynch discussing a wide range of issues including among others:

  • The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) calls for responses to public access to articles and data generated from federally funded research
  • The new National Science Board (NSB) policy document on data
  • LITA’s announcement of making their key journal open access and online only

Paula T. Kaufman Named 2012 Academic/ Research Librarian Of The Year

“Paula T. Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and university librarian and professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.”