Digipalooza 2011

July 29, 2011 at 9:49 am 2 comments

Our morning started out with several panels of great speakers on Managing the e-book Explosion, including Cindy Orr. 

conference logo and stage

Digipalooza Stage

Evolution or Revolution – too late for evolution, so I guess it’s Revolution!!

Sales for eBooks on track to be twice as high as last year.

Chicago Public Library – number of people checking out eBooks doubled

When will ebooks become dominant?  We don’t know for sure, but it’s coming…

2003, first OverDrive site

2007, Kindle released

July 2010 Kindles ebooks outsold regular books

How do Libraries Respond?

Build our service around our readers

What do readers want?  Overwhelmingly pleasure reading, mostly fiction

Help people be able to browse – how?  Electronic displays “If you liked…” or Staff favorites, or summer reading titles

How do we stay ahead of the curve?  Building a library of the future!

  1. Books should be always available, no matter how many others want it.
  2. Device agnostic
  3. Access from anywhere
  4. Books must be cheap (or free)
  5. Service fast and as powerful as any retailer
  6. Help in finding a good book to read
  7. Need to be better at pointing readers to midlist books.

Who are customers of the 21st century library?

Digital fugitives

Digital immigrants

Digital natives

We need to adapt or die!  We need to seek out the digital natives since they are the future.  We need to take our services to them rather than have them come to us.  Keep innovating for services they don’t even know they want.

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