Information Today, Inc.'s newsbureau chief Paula Hane recently delved into a Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project report and an ALA/Information Policy & Access Center report, both of which focused on ebooks in libraries. From her story:
The overall growth in digital content of all kinds, and in particular, the growing importance and acceptance of ebooks, has clearly presented great opportunities for libraries, as well as plenty of challenges. Many libraries are coping with decreasing budgets while at the same time experiencing increased demand for content and services. Challenges include limited availability of ebooks from publishers, increasing demands for tech support with ebook readers and mobile devices, cumbersome borrowing processes, and minimal discoverability of ebook content. Two recent reports shed some light on the current situation, providing interesting statistics and perspectives.
Pew Report on Libraries, Patrons, and Ebooks
On June 22, 2012, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project released the Report, "Libraries, Patrons, and E-books," as part of a series of research activities funded by a $1.4 million 3-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the role of libraries in users' lives and in their communities. The research is being done in several stages. ...
ALA and the Information Policy & Access Center (University of Maryland) issued a complementary report on June 19, 2012, which confirms the ebook statistics of the Pew report and provides a broader perspective on library funding: "Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, 2011-2012." ...
Read Paula's entire story, "The Challenging Landscape of Ebooks in Libraries," HERE over at the Information Today, Inc. website.