A number of recent posts have caught our eye including one discussing student surveys; one on usage statistics and another on e-book policies – as well as a couple of others.

This report from Inside HigherED on a Library Journal survey suggests that while “students are satisfied overall with the role academic libraries play in their lives, … more than a third of them do not see the libraries as crucial to their academic success…”  Admittedly, the library gets pretty good grades generally, however  the report raises some alarm bells as the authors note “librarians might want to consider the implications of 40 percent of their students seeing no correlation between the presence of the library and their own academic success…”

Book Business notes a new Simba Information report titled “The iPad and Its Owner 2013” that finds “1 in 5 U.S. adults owns an iPad, along with projections that within five years tablet owners will outnumber print book buyers… According to Michael Norris , Senior Analyst at Simba Information’s Trade Books Group, ebook reading has come a long way since 2009…

Norris is firm, however, that he does not predict a death knell for print books, ever.

“There are certain things about print that are incredibly valuable to consumers,” says Norris. “I have a book on my shelf at home that is nine decades old. It was published by Popular Mechanics in 1919, I think. It will work when I open it up. Print books are something you can pass on, and give as gifts. That is something where the physical book has had a big strength…”

This post finds Gabe Rivera “high priest of the tech and media world whose websites, Techmeme and Mediagazer, use algorithms to pluck headlines and shape news coverage” singing the praises of the New York Times and explaining “why algorithms will never be able to curate as effectively as humans…”

Information Today’s Josh Welker admits that “COUNTER and SUSHI have helped libraries come a long way toward improving the adoption and availability of usage statistics for library market vendors.”  However he insist that a lot more needs to be done regarding usage statistics to give libraries the necessary data required “to make critical collection development and database budgeting decisions.”

According to the abstract this comprehensive 70 page report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) “provides background on e-book markets and examines various policy issues related to e-books. These include differing tax rates in countries between physical books and e-books, consumer lock-in to specific platforms, limitations on how users can read and share their purchased content, and a lack of transparency about how data on their reading habits is being used.”

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