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Book sales are up this year over last year, and physical books are thriving

Book sales are up this year over last year, and physical books are thriving

https://qz.com/1510303/book-sales/

Association of American Publishers (AAP) Reports “Double Digit Growth for Trade Publishers in November 2018″

https://www.infodocket.com/2019/01/15/association-of-american-publishers-aap-reports-double-digit-growth-for-trade-publishers-in-november-2018/

NPD Group Reports Print Book Sales in U.S. Grew 1.3% in 2018 (vs. 2017)

https://www.infodocket.com/2019/01/16/new-research-from-npd-group-print-book-sales-grew-1-3-in-2018-vs-2017/

Stephen

Posted on: January 18, 2019, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

IFLA: Library Design for the 21st Century—Collaborative Strategies to Ensure Success

Library Design for the 21st Century—Collaborative Strategies to Ensure Success

by Diane Koen and Traci Engel Lesneski (Eds)

Series: IFLA Publications Series 179
Publisher: Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2019

Library Design for the 21st Century: Collaborative Strategies to Ensure SuccessLibrary design in the 21st century has one common theme: collaboration is at the heart of innovation. Designing modern libraries is a complex process involving many stakeholders and participants. Libraries of all types work with an almost limitless range of constituent groups for input, buy-in and successful implementation. Securing support for new library buildings and renovations of libraries engages many people: library clients, community members, faculty, funding agencies, donors, governing authorities, librarians, architects, interior designers and planners. Telling the right story and getting to the end game demand carefully crafted approaches, wide-ranging skills, a unified vision and productive teamwork.

The IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section has selected the best papers presented by award-winning architects and international thought leaders from the academic and public library sector at our recent satellite conferences and seminars: “Collaborative Strategies for Successful Library Design” (Chicago, Illinois), “What comes after the Third Place?” (Columbus, Ohio); “Key Issues for Library Space: International Perspectives” (Maynooth, Ireland); “Storage, the final frontier” (Munich, Germany) and “Telling and selling the space story” (Wrocław, Poland). The stories by the library and design professionals within this publication illustrate how powerful a role partnerships, outreach and cooperation play in a library project’s success.

Library Design for the 21st Century—Collaborative Strategies to Ensure Success
Edited by: Diane Koen and Traci Engel Lesneski
Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2019
ISBN 978-3-11-061465-7
(IFLA Publications; Nr 179)
Euro 99,95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 114.00*

*IFLA Members receive a 30% discount on standing orders of titles published by De Gruyter in the IFLA Publications Series. IFLA Members can also order select individual or backlist titles with up to a 25% discount.

Posted on: January 18, 2019, 6:41 am Category: Uncategorized

China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

“Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows the company’s earlier report released at year-end, which looked at downloads and spending across just iOS and Google Play.

It also shows how significant China’s role has become in terms of the global app market.

Based on data from the beginning of the year through December 15, 2018, App Annie’s earlier year-end report estimated that global app downloads in 2018 would surpass 113 billion, across iOS and Google Play, and consumer spending would surpass $76 billion.

While the addition of the third-party Android app stores boosted these numbers in the new report, China’s contribution to the app market goes far beyond just the bump those stores provided.

According to the “State of Mobile” report, China accounted for nearly 50 percent of total downloads in 2018 across iOS and the third-party stores, despite the slowdown related to a nine-month long game license freeze in the country. China also accounted for nearly 40 percent of consumer spending in 2018.

Emerging markets played a role in fueling downloads, as well, accounting for three out of the top five markets for downloads (India, Brazil, and Indonesia). Download growth in the U.S., meanwhile, has slowed.

Developing markets played little role in consumer spend, however. Instead the countries contributing the most on that front were (in order): China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and the U.K.

However, despite China’s outsized contributions to both downloads and spending, Chinese users don’t have the most apps installed on their phone compared with other countries. Because of the prevalence of low-cost Android devices with limited storage, users in China have just over 50 apps installed, on average. But those in the U.S., South Korea, Japan and Australia, have over 100.

China’s influence on the market can also be seen in the 2018 year-end reportreleased by Sensor Tower today.

It found that Chinese mobile gaming giant Tencent was the global leader for overall revenue across iOS and Android, not counting the third-party Android app stores. It was also the leader in game revenue.

Tencent topped the non-game app chart for 2018, too, with its Tencent Video app clocking in at No. 3.

Other Chinese apps made the year-end charts, too, including online video platform iQIYI which was the No. 4 non-game app, in terms of overall revenue; and ByteDance’s TikTok, which was the No. 4 non-game for 2018. Other high-ranking apps included UC Browser, QQ, Youku, and Tencent’s PUBG Mobile.

TikTok is still growing rapidly, too, having had its best quarter ever in Q4 2018, where it was the No. 3 app by downloads across both iOS and Google Play, and the most-downloaded app on iOS.

 

Stephen

Posted on: January 18, 2019, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

7 statements library professionals should rethink in 2019

  • 7 Statements Library Professionals Should Rethink In 2019

7 statements library professionals should rethink in 2019

7 statements library professionals should rethink in 2019

 

1. “Library fines are good.”

2. “The Dewey classification is the standard.”

3. “An ID and an address are needed for joining the library.”

4. “You need a library card to access the services.”

5. “The library is no longer a quiet space.”

6. “Books are no longer important.”

7. “We need dedicated teen spaces.”

Stephen

Posted on: January 18, 2019, 6:21 am Category: Uncategorized

The Library Book: Susan Orlean in Conversation with David Ulin

The Library Book: Susan Orlean in Conversation with David Ulin

 

Posted on: January 18, 2019, 6:17 am Category: Uncategorized

Best practices in roving reference services Six steps for success

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Best practices in roving reference services

Six steps for success

https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/17533/19336

6 steps for roving reference:

  1. “Every time the reference librarian gets a chance to walk around the library during a busy day they should. This is also dependent upon how much traffic we have and should be left to the librarian discretion. The librarian should have an iPad or any device that will allow them to provide students with the appropriate steps they need. This iPad or device in hand should have all the essential apps that are used in your institution.
  2. When you are roving, you should look for lost students—students in the stacks or in the areas of the library where they may be out-of-place. The key to helping students at the computers is to look for those not using our subscription databases, but Wikipedia, Google, and sites that seem unrelated to inappropriate for a research paper. When you see this, you have an available and teachable moment to make a connection with a student. This interaction can go a long way with relationship building.
  3. Approach the student, introduce yourself, and ask if they need any help. Students usually say yes, they do need help. Try not to make students feel incompetent or give directions and walk off. If they are using Wikipedia, ask them if you can show them a great reference tool that is better than Wikipedia. In addition, ask if they need help with breaking down a topic. I found that this is where students are stuck. I like to remind them that research is to support what they are stating in the research paper.
  4. Making sure that you remember whom you approach is critical. You do not want to contact the same person five times in 20 minutes, as students can be bothered or interrupted by you. I try to cut the library into four squares, so that I can work on each one and not visit one I have already covered. It is also important to realize that a student may not need your help at the moment but may remember your offer. Make yourself available and visual to them if they do decide to ask you a question.
  5. You can turn roving into a consultation, as the student may need more in-depth help than what is being given. Roving is a referral system in which you can provide students with direction to other resources that can help with a project. which requires more than thirty minutes of your time.
  6. Be sure to wrap it up with a thank you for letting me help you. Also, possibly leave a way for them to get ahold of you or your reference team for follow-up.”

Posted on: January 18, 2019, 6:10 am Category: Uncategorized

One easy New Year’s resolution to help save democracy in 2019: Go to the library

One easy New Year’s resolution to help save democracy in 2019: Go to the library

We can fight the ignorance and misinformation that breeds hate. And you can start at your local public library

Anthony W. Marx is president of the New York Public Library.

https://www.salon.com/2019/01/01/one-easy-new-years-resolution-to-help-save-democracy-in-2019-go-to-the-library/

 

 

Posted on: January 17, 2019, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized