Earlier this year the Pew Internet & American Life Project released a study titled ‘Americans living with disability and their technology profile’ highlighting another aspect of how the digital divide applies to those with special needs.
So today I was heartened to see USA Today publish this article:
Over the years, public libraries have taken on various roles to address the digital divide, both to help provide access to technology and to help develop technology skills. With the prevalence of mobile access, what’s next for public libraries in this arena?
A recent study found that ebooks can boost print sales. Worthy of a study for sure, but in reality when the future is ebooks and electronic content, this would seem to be the wrong tactic. Why not offer free print books to increase ebook sales?
From the Digital Reader: Study shows that free ebooks boost print sales
A potential 30% minimum bump in sales would probably be welcome to the publishing industry. I’m all for a thriving industry that can support more authors and release more titles. Yet, to adopt this wide scale and expend great efforts to drive print sales with a tantalizing free ebook offer would negatively affect the perception of ebooks. Ebooks as weaker in sales and perfect freebies = perhaps profitable, surely not sustainable?
And, which is better for libraries?
Sometimes I have more questions than answers.
23 Things for Professional Development is a free online programme open to information professionals at all stages of their career, in all types of role, and anywhere across the world.
This really interests me and could fill in some gaps. May have to drop in for week 2!
Good luck to all the participants!
Operating with a stance of “Why not?” can be the perfect antidote to the beguiling, ever-tempting “No.”
“No” brings things to a halt, FAST. “No” reacts, rejects and forbids. “No” closes the discussion before the award-winning million-dollar idea can be shared.
Let’s consider some business uses for the “Why not?” approach. Why not..
- Decide to throw “Because we’ve always done it this way” to the wind?
- Switch gears mid-project to do the right thing?
- Try a pilot project with a new technology?
- Revisit the idea next week, next month, or next quarter?
- Invite others to the table and give them a chance to speak freely on any topic?
There will always, always be solid reasons not to do some thing. Why not feed optimism and hope, respond less cautiously, and change your entire operation?
The Moxie Librarian will be taking a break from blogging this summer and hopes to resume posts in September.
I have completed the hcplc=Lib 2.0 training program, the original purpose for this blog.
Thank you for reading and a happy summer to all!
100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials is a new list of 2.0 resources from the College@Home blog. Take a look!
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