Nothing but E-Stuff
This issue is about everything “e,” which, these days, does indeed take in just about everything … almost.
We solicited articles about how to use mobile devices, ebooks, and smartphones, and we are pleased to be publishing a couple of excellent examples in this issue: One involves a test of Sony ebook readers in an academic library setting, and the other is “Using the iPhone and iPod touch@Work.”
We also called for green stories this month, but we were a bit surprised that the best “e-initiative” we received was actually about coping with the high demand for print. I guess it only goes to show that despite all the talk to the contrary, print endures.
Marshall Breeding alludes to this very paradox in the opening paragraphs of his column this month. He goes on to ruminate about the consequences of assuming that the future that we see now will be the way the future actually turns out.
Going forward? In his column this month, Terence Huwe encourages you to know your users and to consider how they are adjusting and adapting before you make your moves.
There’s lots of other practical advice in this issue, including some good tips from Dan Chudnov for project procrastinators (Who? What? He couldn’t be talking about us!). Janet Balas tells you where to find out what’s happening with ebooks, and Donna Ekart points you to some free titles for your ebook readers.
The issue also includes a preview of Computers in Libraries 2010. If you're coming to the conference in Arlington, Va., next month, be sure to catch the presentation by Michael Porter and David Lee King on their somewhat controversial (but highly popular) Library 101 experiment. Computers in Libraries magazine helped to sponsor the production video, and in this issue, we provide a view from its creators about both their message and their motives, with some tips on how to do it yourself.
See you at Computers in Libraries!
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor