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Cyber Security

This one chart explains why cybersecurity is so important

http://www.businessinsider.com/cybersecurity-report-threats-and-opportunities-2016-3

Cybersecurity Infographic

31 flavors of cyber-crime

http://florence20.typepad.com/renaissance/2016/04/31-flavors-of-cyber-crime.html
CSO highlights a variety of digital breaches

The Verizon RISK Team performs cyber investigations for hundreds of commercial enterprises and government agencies annually across the globe. In 2015, they investigated more than 500 cybersecurity incidents. They shared some of the details in a recent report of how they solved the cyber crimes.”

Verizon Risk

Stephen

Posted on: April 29, 2016, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

Author Michael Gruenberg at Computers in Libraries 2016

Author Michael Gruenberg at Computers in Libraries 2016

Author Michael Gruenberg at Computers in Libraries 2016

CIL 2016 is over and I’m finally getting around to posting some video interviews with some of our authors. Here is Mike Gruenberg, author of Buying and Selling Information and why it’s important to learn how to negotiate with vendors. Special thanks to Marydee Ojala for helping with the interview.

 

Posted on: April 29, 2016, 6:05 am Category: Uncategorized

OverDrive reports 2016 digital library trends for public libraries

OverDrive reports 2016 digital library trends for public libraries

DENVER — April 6, 2016. As the nation’s public librarians meet at the 2016 Public Library Association (PLA) Conference this week, industry-leading eBook and audiobook provider OverDrive will present 2016 Digital Library Trends in booth #603. Public libraries’ digital catalogs are on pace for another record-breaking year for lending digital titles. Based on the activities of 50 top circulating public libraries for Q1 (Jan. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016), eBook, audiobook and digital magazine checkouts through OverDrive are on track to grow 30-40 percent for 2016 over the record levels achieved for 2015.

Trends and best practices that emerged from aggregated eBook and audiobook borrowing patterns of millions of readers’ hundreds of millions of sessions include:

  1. With a 30 percent increase in children’s digital books borrowed (Q1 2016 vs. Q1 2015), younger readers are increasingly embracing public library children’s and YA eBook collections. This is due to:
    • Significant growth of catalogs of enhanced eBooks featuring rich graphics, synchronized narrated audio with highlighted text (Read-Alongs), and the addition of thousands of comics and graphic novels. OverDrive offers the largest collection of EPUB3 and HTML5 eBooks for library lending; and,
    • Librarian-curated Kid’s & Teen’s eReading Rooms that create a safe, age-appropriate online reading destination for parents, teachers, and young readers to bookmark and visit often.
  2. Access to multiple eBook and audiobook lending models are enabling libraries to leverage content to maximize the number of readers served.
    • Traditional Book Clubs have become extremely popular in the United States and now digital Book Clubs are starting to grow. Libraries are increasingly using their OverDrive platform to host and promote “eBook Reading Clubs” enabling dozens of “city read” or “one-book, one community” programs. For example, this month the entire city of London is reading Ten Days as part of CityRead London.
    • Growing catalogs of simultaneous access titles for audiobooks, education, and nonfiction genres, including travel, enable “always available” collections to provide all readers with ready-to-borrow options.
    • Libraries are benefiting from One Copy, One User model for popular and evergreen titles that amortize the cost of titles across multiple years of circulation.
  3. Self-published, indie authors, and non-English materials on the rise.
    • With authors such as Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Deborah Bladon, and Tijan seeing their indie books reach the New York Times digital bestseller list, independent author titles are growing at a 20 percent rate, and self-published eBooks are growing even more quickly – with 40 percent more titles being borrowed (Q1 2016 vs. Q1 2015).
    • Spanish, Chinese, Russian, French, and other non-English readers are discovering the growing eBook and audiobook catalogs now available from OverDrive in their communities.

As digital circulation continues to soar, librarians are requesting more data to maximize their digital collection and development practices. OverDrive has developed tools such as OverDrive Insights, Data Reports and Smart Lists to help libraries serve entire communities and enhance the user experience. OverDrive Insights provides librarians real-time analytics on their collections and more reference points to manage budget and boost circulation. Smart Lists help insure must-have titles are automatically flagged for considerations under multiple criteria.

“This spike in library lending of eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video is the result of the tremendous efforts of thousands of librarians, as well as significant ease-of-use improvements including seamless integration with library catalogs,” said Shannon Lichty, OverDrive’s Director of Partner Services. “We’re also seeing the effects of new access models publishers are offering through OverDrive, which have increased availability for readers.”

Public library patrons across the U.S. and Canada can enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals on a single website via smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and other major devices. Find your library at www.overdrive.com.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital distribution platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 34,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. We support all major computers and devices, including iOS, Android, Chromebook and Kindle (U.S. only). OverDrive delivers all digital media on a single platform, and offers innovations such as OverDrive Read, the breakthrough EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, and Read-Along eBooks. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and is owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. For more information, visit www.overdrive.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our blog.


Summary: As the nation’s public librarians meet at the 2016 Public Library Association Conference this week, industry-leading eBook and audiobook provider OverDrive will present 2016 Digital Library Trends. Public libraries’ digital catalogs are on pace for another record-breaking year for lending digital titles. Based on the activities of 50 top circulating public libraries for Q1 (Jan. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016), eBook, audiobook and digital magazine checkouts through OverDrive are on track to grow 30-40 percent for 2016 over the record levels achieved for 2015.
Publication Year: 2016
Type of Material: Press Release
Language English
Date Issued: April 6, 2016
Publisher: Overdrive
Company:
Company: Overdrive
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http://librarytechnology.org/news/pr.pl?id=21453

 

 

Stephen

Posted on: April 29, 2016, 6:01 am Category: Uncategorized

Pew Research Releases New Findings on Public Library Usage in the U.S.

Pew Research Releases New Findings on Public Library Usage in the U.S.

http://www.infodocket.com/2016/04/07/pew-research-releases-new-findings-on-public-library-usage-in-the-u-s/

“From Pew Research:

More than three quarters (76%) of American adults say libraries serve the learning and educational needs of their communities either “very well” (37%) or “pretty well” (39%), according to a new Pew Research Center survey. And 71% say libraries serve their own personal needs and the needs of their families “very well” or “pretty well.”

The survey of more than 2,700 adults finds that the number of adults using libraries and bookmobiles in the past 12 months has drifted downward since 2012, while the number of users of library websites is leveling off. Overall, 78% of adults have ever gone to a library, while 44% say they went to a library or bookmobile in the past 12 months. In 2012, when Pew Research Center began tracking library usage, 53% of adults said they were recent library users. The data in this survey show that 31% of adults had used a library website over the past 12 months, compared with 25% who did so in 2012 and 30% who did so in 2013.

“Technological change and social forces are driving the reinvention of libraries across the country,” said Lee Rainie, director of internet, science and technology research at Pew Research Center. “Users of libraries are changing their patronage patterns and are expressing their eagerness for these community institutions to serve a significant appetite for lifelong learning opportunities that are tied to people wanting to adjust to changes in the job market and to their yearning for personal enrichment.”

Previous Pew Research Center data suggest that strong majorities of adults consider themselves “lifelong learners” and libraries around the country are working to fit their programs and services into local educational ecosystems. This analysis finds that 97% of recent library users say that the term “lifelong learner” applies “very well” or “pretty well” to them and a similar share of library website users (98%) also strongly identified with being lifelong learners.

These findings are based on a nationwide survey of 2,752 Americans ages 18 and older, conducted from Oct.13 to Nov. 15, 2015. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

Among the other findings:

Notable shares of Americans do not know that libraries offer learning-related programs and materials.

62% of adults say they know that their local libraries have e-book lending programs, while 22% say they do not know whether their libraries offer the service 41% of adults say they know their local libraries have online career and job-related resources. Yet 38% say they do not know if such resources are offered by their local libraries and another 21% say their libraries does not offer them.

26% of adults say they know their local libraries offer online GED or high school equivalency classes. Yet 47% say they do not know if such programs are offered by their local libraries and another 27% say these kinds of classes are not available 47% say they do not know if their local libraries offer programs on starting a new business and another 28% say their public libraries do not offer programs for starting a new business.

24% of adults say their local libraries offer online programs that certify that people have mastered new skills. However, 49% say they do not know if such programs are being offered and another 27% say they are not offered by their local libraries.

Some groups are more likely to use libraries – including women, young adults and those with high levels of education

Recent library users are more likely to be women (51%) than men (38%).

Parents of minor children (50%) and those with higher levels of education (58% of college or post-college graduates) are more likely to have visited a library or bookmobile in the past 12 months.

Younger adults ages 18 to 29 (54%) are more likely than their elders to have used libraries during the previous year.

Hispanics (38%) and those who live in rural areas (36%) are less likely to have visited a library.

Library users self-identify as lifelong learners and as people interested in new information.

84% of those who visited libraries in the past 12 months are personal learners – those who have participated in personal learning experiences of various kinds, compared with 66% of those who had not recently visited libraries or bookmobiles.

79% of those who have used libraries or bookmobiles in the past 12 months say the statement “I think of myself as a lifelong learner” describes them “very well” and 18% say “somewhat well.”

Direct to Full Text Report

Stephen

Posted on: April 28, 2016, 6:57 am Category: Uncategorized

Privacy and data collection

The users POV:

A simple idea for personalizing your patrons’ experience

“I was reading an article about arecent Adobe study about Millennials and cross-device experiences (definitely worth a read, BTW). One chart in particular really struck me:

Chart showing a large number of people will give up personal info in return for certain benefits

I am guessing that most libraries collect birthday information when people sign up for a library card.  Maybe I’m wrong about that. But if they don’t, maybe they should, since age is a personal facet many consumers seem reasonably comfortable about giving out.  Once you have that information, why not use it in a way that benefits the patron and the library?”

Stephen

Posted on: April 28, 2016, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

This Graphic Reveals 10 Cognitive Biases That Shape Our Thinking, With Examples

This Graphic Reveals 10 Cognitive Biases That Shape Our Thinking, With Examples

https://www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/liability-insurance/cognitive-biases

This Graphic Reveals 10 Cognitive Biases That Shape Our Thinking, With Examples

Stephen

Posted on: April 28, 2016, 6:25 am Category: Uncategorized

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

But younger Americans value library services less than more senior cohorts, study finds.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/millennials-are-out-reading-older-generations/379934/

Stephen

Posted on: April 27, 2016, 6:48 am Category: Uncategorized