Panel Moderator: Mary Schwander

Panelists: Please list your name and outline what you are using in your libraries. Include any topics you want to be sure are covered.

If you wish, you can also post links or handouts here.

Jennifer O'Leary at Blair Mill Elementary School in Hatboro-Horsham School District
We began building an eBook colleciton in connection with a technology grant that was written for Smart Boards. I have continued to build the eBook collection to meet curricular needs of classroom teachers in varying grades. Our current eBook collection includes approximately 330 titles. All of our eBooks are purchased through Follett. We use FollettShelf for students and staff to check out and read eBooks. I decided to go with FollettShelf and the Follett Reader because I was looking for something Web based that our students and staff could use on multiple devices. Our needs were to have eBooks that teachers could use with a Smart board to foster student engagement in learning, as well as provide our students and families with a digital library book collection. Our students access and read eBooks on Acer tablet computers, funded through a grant with our Education Foundation, in our library. The tablets can be used as a computer for research, or as a tablet for eReading. I am hoping our next upgrade with Destiny will address a few minor issues that we have noticed on the library management side with the MARC record. (Update: Our recent Destiny upgrade has resolved this issue, and I am now able to access the MARC record.) I have had the opportunity to provide instruction to our students on eBooks, as well as training for teachers and parents. The eBooks are generating excitement and popularity among our patrons.

Collette Adams Jakubowicz at Spring Ridge Elementary School in Wilson School District
Our library checks out 12 Nook Simple Touch ereaders (2 sets of 6) to 4th and 5th grade students for circulation, and 8 additional Nooks are used exclusively for literature
Link to my Nooks LibGuide
circles. Last year was the pilot, and after such a successful year, I expanded from 13 to 20 Nooks. All my resources are on my "Nooks @ the Spring Ridge Library" LibGuide I created, and for secondary librarians, I recommend Buffy Hamilton's inspiring "Kindles at the Unquiet Library" LibGuide as a great primer on how managing Kindles and Nooks works.

The literature circle Nooks were funded by the our district's education foundation through annual $500 grants. Most of the circulating Nooks were funded by the Home School Association, and I buy Nook gift cards to purchase ebooks.

Our library department recently dipped our toes into the device-neutral ebooks pool and purchased some Capstone Interactive Ebooks. We LOVE them, especially since they are unlimited, simultaneous users! We've been discussing Overdrive as a district, but we haven't been convinced it's worth the money yet.

A Wrinkle in Tech - My blog about ebooks (though not often, because of my schedule). I also get most of my ereader/ebook news from The Digital Reader, which has yet to be wrong about trends and rumors. It's a solid source of inside information on the world of ebooks and ereaders.

My PowerPoint presentation with links!

Patty McClune - As our notion of collection evolves we are embracing a variety of eBook options. Below you will find an overview of what we've been doing related to eBooks at Conestoga Valley HS in Lancaster County.

2010 - Our HS Library added 18 Kindles to the collection. They are pre-loaded with titles and we continue to add to the them. Kindles circulate for 2 weeks and are very popular. It's been great to include our "One Book, One School" titles on the Kindles.We also have books from the summer reading lists on the same Kindle and lucky students may borrow the device for the summer.
Since 2010 I've posted Kindle cataloging advice on the eBook Educator's Ningand would encourage anyone interested in eBooks to join the Ning.

2011 - As more HS students came to school with their own eReaders we actively leveraged the OverDrive collection available through our local public library; holding sessions to introduce students and staff to the service. It was a bit discouraging because of the lack of YA eBook titles available. Students lost interest because of the long waiting lists for popular titles.

2012 - Wrote a grant (collaboratively with our MS Librarian) for our own MS - HS OverDrive service. We were awarded the grant to fund an OverDrive collection of high interest YA books for two years. We felt there would be a learning curve and we needed to have the service for two years before we could legitimately evaluate it. It has taken off well with the biggest surprise being the interest in apps. More students are interested in reading on iPhones, iPads and iPods than I would have believed. Students who have taken part are so excited and we hear comments like, "Now I'll always have a book in my pocket!" Seriously, I was expecting the most interest from Nook and Kindle owners; the smart phones were a happy surprise. My students have better eyes than I do! :)

We continue to actively promote OverDrive through announcements, our Destiny homepage and our HS Library Facebook page that includes a direct Woobox button to OverDrive.

Like many libraries, we began our foray into the world of eBooks years ago with Gale reference eBooks. Those continue to be critical for research. Students can also access those eBooks with an app, or more traditionally, through the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

In addition we have Follett titles available on the Follett Shelf. Though truth be told, that's always been a bit clunky for us to use. We recently upgraded to Follett 10.5 which supposedly addresses some of the issues. District-wide we believe the Follett Shelf may be a better option for elementary grades and direct instruction.

Randi Wall -- Cheltenham HS Library (Montgomery County)
2012-2013 -- Added (10) Nooks to library collection (September 2012)
*Making the decision (Nook vs. Kindle)
*Working with Barnes and Noble and district business department
*Cataloging devices and eBooks
*Creating a circulation policy and CHS Agreement Form
*Purchasing eBooks
*Promoting Nook usage
Nook.JPG Nook2.jpg
(1) Jonathan Adler Puncutation Cover (2) Nook catalogued and barcoded w/instructions and form

Ann Schmidt - Conrad Weiser HS Library Media Center
2010-2011 our LMC was awarded a grant from our PTO and bought 8 Kindles. The Kindles are very popular with our students during the school year and our staff during the summer. The Kindles have been particularly popular for seniors who like to use them for their author study assignment in English. We have money each year from our PTO for Kindle book purchases and allows us to get books on demand for our students. We also utilize BookBubfor inexpensive or free titles. Book Bub is a free daily email that notifies you about deep discounts on acclaimed ebooks. They alert you by email to limited-time offers that become available on retailers like Amazon's Kindle store, Barnes & Noble's Nook store, Apple's iBookstore, and others.
We modeled our program after Buffy Hamiliton's Kindle program (see Collette's post for link) at the Unquiet Library. She has been gracious to share all of her information.

Stephanie Sweeney - Garnet Valley High School Library (Glen Mills)

My main focus has been on reference ebooks, not fiction since it is available from the public library. This year I tried to get grant money from the Home and School Association for Nooks, but the district is heading toward iPads and ereaders aren't being funded anymore. Many of my students have their own devices and I have shown them how to access books through the public library site.

Last year I received a Garnet Valley School District Mini Grant to add STEM ebooks to our collection from FolletShelf. I added more this year in social studies and literature. I only purchase unlimited, simultaneous access books. This year the senior English teachers changed the literary analysis project from students reading different novels to everyone researching Hamlet and Beowulf. I HAD to purchase ebooks on these topics or the project couldn't be done.

We also use Salem Press - their books come with an ebook copy and you continue to have access as long as you are a regular customer.

My main concerns with ebooks are management, ease of use, and accessibility.

Sue Flanly - Maple Point Middle School (Neshaminy School District)
Our experiences with eReaders and eBooks:

  • Marshall Cavendish eBooks were purchased using library funds for middle schools. These eBooks are searchable but are not accessible through Destiny Follett.
  • C&I funds purchased 8 eReaders for each secondary library both Nooks and Kindles (during the days of buy one book and share to 6 devices) to be used with Reading Olympic Teams and Special Ed students as a pilot program. Neshaminy eReader Terms of Use Nooks and Kindles are cataloged.

Sample MARC

Sample Destiny Search

  • C&I (Curriculum and Instruction Department) funded OverDrive for secondary students and all staff members. OverDrive is used to deliver mostly fiction and audio books.
  • C&I funded a pilot of 30 Nooks to be used at a middle school. Barnes & Noble manges these for us. These Nooks are used mostly by ELA teachers.

  • All libraries have a Follett Shelf. Elementary schools have mostlty USA books (unlimited simultaneous access) used to support curriculum purchased with C&I funds. Elementary LMS and middle school BCIT teachers (Business) use ebooks on Internet Safety and Cyberbullying with their classes. Funds from Pupil Services provided ebooks to support parents. These are on a district shelf and can be used by all buildings.
  • We are in the process of creating District Professional Development videos and plan to store and circulated them using OverDrive.
  • The high school library budget and Special Ed funds were used to purchase a class set of 30 Nooks with a cart. These Nooks are used to meet IEPs that require that the student has an audio version of a book. Barnes and Noble manages these for us.
  • All OverDrive eBooks have MARC records.
  • The high school LMS subscribed to eBrary, an eBook library from Gale. EBrary eBooks have MARC records that make these books searchable through Destiny Follett.
  • The high school also subscribes to the Gale Virtual Reference Library. These titles are searchable in Destiny Follett.

2013 Plans
  • Considering EBSCO K-8 Collection for middle schools.
  • Adding "Mentor Texts" to Follett Shelves for elementary.
  • District is moving to a BYOD environment for September 2013.
  • Explore making our own iBooks for OverDrive.

Erin Parkinson - Lincoln Jr/Sr High School, Ellwood City

Devices and Subscriptions:
We currently have 16 devices (6 Kindle ereaders; 6 Nook Simple Touch; 4 Nook Tablets) which we circulate to both students and faculty. We do not use a separate form for checking out devices because our student handbook covers any losses or damages of any school owned equipment. We have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in our building. We also have ebooks from Follett, ABDO, and InfoBase, along with a subscription to ebrary from Proquest.

Our subscription to ebrary from ProQuest and our ABDO and Infobase ebooks are primarly used for academic research. Students have login information to access these ebooks. Our Follett ebooks are limited (we do not use Follett Shelf), but used primarily by teachers in their classrooms or as backups when print copies of popular fiction are checked-out.

The Kindles and Nooks serve different purposes for us. Each device is separated into collections for students and faculty. They contain primarily YA fiction, with some literature and nonfiction in the faculty collection. Students are able to view the collections using Destiny. I do not have a MARC record for each individual title, but instead use the subject lines to mark what books are on which reader. I also have the readers color coded to identify collections.

Our ereaders circulate often, but I find many of my students still prefer print and are reluctant to use the ereaders. Some students, especially over breaks, request a device because they have multiple books from which to choose.

Maintenance and Purchasing:
I choose to maintain all devices myself, but Barnes and Noble will manage your account if you have 10 or more devices. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble are great for device issues; I've had a few problems and have received new devices because of the defects.

Purchasing ebooks and devices will depend on your school and district. For the first two years, I had to purchase every book with my personal credit card, and then turn in the receipts for reimbursement. This year, we purchased gift cards for both Amazon and Nook Books. Also, our book club purchased gift cards for both companies so that they could have their monthly books on all 16 devices. In two years, we have purchased 12 of our devices (the Kindles and Simple Touches). I budget for a set of six devices each year and have received funding for them. I used to get the four Nook Tablets, which we use with lower-level readers and special education students because of the easy access to read-aloud and online literacy programs.

Find what you like and stick with it, but also pay attention to company policies. Amazon's ebook policies are in transition, which is why I purchased Nooks. Also, if you have a Barnes and Noble near you, your Community Relations Manager will be a life-saver. I utilize my constantly for information and purchasing, for both Nook Books and print.

Charmaine Gates--Archbishop John Carroll High School/ Radnor, PA, chair, Library Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Reference Books
All of our eBooks are available for download on your own device. Next year our school will be a BYOD. We currently have eBooks from Gale, Salem Press and have begun to implement Overdrive.

Gale Virtual Reference Library We began to purchase books for this platform as a Diocese in 2006. Here is a list of what we have acquired, primarily with ACT funding and for our secondary schools. This does not represent all of my collection. These titles are those that every library in the Diocese holds in common. Gale provides usage statistics, MARC records, widgets and other items to help you publicize the service.
  • Practices and comments:
    • We are continuing to purchase titles as a consortium as well as individual libraries.I have added these titles to our catalog, without call numbers currently as the link brings them directly to the "database" where the books are stored.
    • I have found that some of our students will go to the library portal and use the books directly from there, they don't make the distinction between previously published material and any other database available. My personal ambition is to replace my entire reference collection with E-books.
    • I can not tell you how happy it makes me that I no longer have to worry that the "G" volume is missing pages or that I should have six for the class as they are all looking for something that begins with the same letter :)
    • The interface also allows for differentiated instruction as there is both a translator for most articles and the ability to listen to it. There is a new feature that allows the user to download the article to an e-reader if you are using a computer. (Using the USB cable and drop and drag)
        • For I-pads, I-phones etc and android devices you can download an app called Access My School Library. This is the link to the description
            • It is easy to use, but you as Librarian (Technology Integrator) have to set it up with Gale. This is relatively painless.
    • You can, if you have libguides, you can use book covers and permanent links to this collection to give your students a place to start. Here are a couple of examples one of which I had more time to do then the other.
    • You can even use the permanent link to add it to your general portal. We do this with the New Catholic Encyclopedia as we want our students to use this one, instead of the one on the web which is an earlier version transcribedby the Knights of Columbus.
      • You can also do this if you have a project say on genetic disorders and want to start them with an encyclopedia in your e-book collection
      • Finally, if you use elibrary you can add the permanent link to your book cart as a web site if you want to have a mixed list of resources and don't have access to libguides
    • In addition, you can email portions of the books to your faculty with absolute ease. This is another thing that makes me smile as I remember the days (sometimes fondly) of hauling heavy reference books to the copier so that I can get the article on xxx to give to Mrs. Y because she wanted additional information that she couldn't find.

2011--We have added some titles through Overdrive and are slowly beginning to introduce the program, starting with the faculty.
  • Practices and comments
    • I choose Overdrive because it is in use in most public libraries
      • This way there is only one interface to learn
      • Overdrive as a program is a free app and is agnostic
      • Selection is a little less broad then I could desire
        • Early adopters often find this and the same could be said of GVRL although they are improving with each year
    • I too have found some students reluctant to read on an e-reader. I think in time this will change
General considerations
  • How do you remove an outdated version of an ebook from your collection?
    • With Gale, presently I have to let my salesman know which to remove
    • Selection policies need to make it clear that e-Books are subject to the same kind of scrutiny that print books are
  • Platforms-- How do I know which one to choose?
    • Currently there are several platforms such as ADE and Overdrive, GVRL, eBrary etc to choose from
      • Unfortunately no one platform does it all and everyone knows that a Kindle book won't run on a Nook
      • Best advice -- choose one that suits your own school's needs and try to stick to it
      • If you are an elementary librarian, Overdrive and other products such as Tumblebooksare only beginning to tap into your market
        • get a trial and see what you think, you know your patrons best

  • Cataloging
    • Just recently there have been a number of posts on the ListServ about this issue, I am going to stir the pot by wondering how RDA will affect the cataloging of e-Books ( and before anyone asks I don't know the answer).
  • Finally remember a rose is a rose is a rose....
    • whatever the format,apply the same standards in selection and cataloging that you would to a print version.
    • don't expect miracles it might take a little while to get the program in place and running like silk
    • best advice make sure that you understand all the terms that eBook publishers throw around...
      • Simultaneous users or not
      • Fee for access ( do they charge you to keep a site where your books are stored?)
      • Overdrive has several ways to buy books be careful of the one which gives you rights to lend the book for a specific number of times. After that you have to buy the access again.
      • Here is one last link to a survey about e-book use in public libraries
        • as a disclaimer this is part of the publicity for Overdrive,nevertheless the findings are interesting