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The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries

“For the past few years, both the California State University and the University of California libraries have been experimenting with packages that replace paper books with e-books. The advantages are obvious. With e-books, you no longer have to schlep to a library to take out a book. You just log on from whatever device connects you to the web, at whatever time and in whatever state of dress, and voila! the book appears on your screen. But the real attraction is price. Library budgets, along with university budgets, have been slashed, and such companies as Pearson and Elsevier offer e-book packages that make it possible to gain access (I’ll explain the awkward syntax in a moment) to lots of books at what seems like a minimal cost. The savings are multiplied when the package serves the entire system. So instead of each campus buying a paper book, all 23 CSU’s, for instance, share a single e-book. That’s the theory, at least. The reality is very different.” (via Times of San Diego)

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Library launches alternate reality game ahead of Comic-Con

“The Downtown Central Library is getting gamers geared up for Comic-Con in a unique way.  The public library has launched an alternate reality game that participants say is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming four-day expo. “An alternate reality game is an interactive story that takes place in real time, in a real world setting such as here in Central Library, which involves players solving puzzles and perfuming activities,” said Erwin Magbanua, Special Events Librarian. Magbanua said the Central Library is one of just a handful of libraries across the country that has ever tried something like this.  The clues appear in email form and online as well as in the library.” (via KSWB)

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Proposed Library Budget Shifts $500K Away from Books Fund, to New Tutoring Program

“San Diego City Council members praised the mayor’s proposed budget for libraries Wednesday, but expressed concerned about a fund for acquisitions being reduced by $500,000. The same amount was redirected to pay for a pilot program offering after- school tutoring  at 18 branches in areas where students scored poorly on standardized tests. (via Times of San Diego)

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San Diego Central Library use soaring

“The newly opened downtown Central Library is a big hit. On its first day of business, the nine-story, $196.7 million landmark drew 8,000 visitors. That’s roughly 10 times the average 700-800 daily users at the old 1954 library on E Street, the Board of Library Commissioners were told at their first monthly meeting in their top-floor commission room.” (via UTSanDiego.com)

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City of San Diego libraries open on a Monday for first time since 2007

760kfmb – “The city of San Diego’s 35 branch libraries opened on a Monday for the first time today in five years. Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office used part of a $17.8 million budget surplus in the current fiscal year to add to library hours, along with the amount of time recreation centers stay open. Those hours are set to expand further when the new fiscal year begins July 1. “For a lot of people, the library is a window to the world,” Sanders said. “With these additional hours, more residents will have more opportunities to study, learn and expand their horizons.”

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