[Libs-Or] Pew Internet Releases Report "Libraries, ...."

Pierina Parise pparise at emporia.edu
Fri Jun 22 16:15:29 PDT 2012

Maybe a QR code?

From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] on behalf of Sarah Hood [slhood26 at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 4:06 PM
To: Pierina Parise; libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Pew Internet Releases Report "Libraries, ...."

Thank you for forwarding that report. Very insightful! The statistics regarding the general public's knowledge of e-book lending at their library really gave me some food for thought:

It makes me wonder if perhaps public libraries might learn something from the food packaging industry: Is there any way libraries can affix some icon-like sticker inside the print version of a book letting the patron know that title (or other similar books), are available in e-reader format, much like the green check-mark icon that is used on food packaging to denote a healthy-choice food.

That would be a great way to target those who are already using the library, but what about those in the general public who are not? What might be really interesting is to develop an app that mobile device users can download that will tell if the Amazon (or Barnes & Noble, etc.) book/e-book they’re getting ready to purchase is available (for free!) at their local public library. Does such an app already exist? Anyone know?

Sarah L. Hood
Reference/Instructional Librarian
LinkedIn Profile<http://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahhood1>
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