The Growing Importance of Ebooks in U.S. Library Collections

Some preliminary findings from a large survey of ebooks in US libraries is avialable at the
Libray Journal website

Most respondents agreed that ebook circulation will be on the rise over the next year. Large majorities of public (84%), academic (77%), and school libraries (65%) believed it would increase, while only 1% in each category believed ebook circulation would decrease.


“The traditional function of a library, of being a place where people can come to get information, to learn, to relax, to kind of lose themselves in books, is going to continue,” says Tonjes, of the D.C. Public Library. “It’s just not going to be constrained by physical boundaries.”

– from this good article by Associated Press on the NPR website on libraries adapting to technology.

Love poetry wanted by someone (with a wistful eye)

Weeding your collections, or got any spare books, maybe consider giving them to prisoners.

They would like:

  • English dictionaries and thesauruses
  • Textbooks
  • How to start a small business.
  • Law books
  • Health
  • Trades (i.e. woodworking, automotive, etc.)
  • Mysteries and thrillers
  • Westerns
  • Love poetry
  • Art books

Australian prison libraries are rarely meeting the ALIA minimum standard guidelines.

For more information on how to assist with improving collections see the National Prison Book Program website or contact your local prison library.


If you have e-books, do you also have Calibre – the ebook management tool?

It’s not very stylish looking but it is effective. It manages your ebooks, converts files so that they can be read on any device, feeds you news content to view on your reader and is open source.

See the demos here.

calibre task bar image

Banned Books Week

Banned books week
Starting now in the US is banned book week. This is primarily to campaign against censorship in libraries, as in the US individual library boards or local authorities are prone to demand the removal of books which they don’t think suitable.

Libraries in Australia are not prone to such challenges, and as librarians are not directly employed by local politicians they can easily resist attempts at coercion.
However there is still censorship in Australian libraries, as elsewhere, we just don’t talk about it, as it is normally done by librarians themselves without any prompting by anyone else.

If anyone knows of any work which an Australian library has been forced or asked to withdraw in the last year, I would be interested to know more.