Literature Review

Student: Sutana Riley

Course: LIS 698

Instructor: Dr. Tula Giannini

Internship Site: 67th Street Branch- New York Public Library (NYPL)

Site Supervisor: Jill Rothstein, Library Manager

Literature Review 

Bosman, J. (2012.). E-Reader Help From New York Public Library – and the Arts –       ArtsBeat Blog – Retrieved April 22, 2012, from public-library/

Bosman provided information on the free services that the New York Public Library (NYPL) was providing to meet the demands and interest in eBooks and eReaders. The article mention that the NYPL provided free instructional assistance at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and the Mid-Manhattan Library at 455 Fifth Avenue from 1/4/11 to 1/13/11. In addition, the article also provided a direct link to the online component which patrons can visit at This article support the claim that public libraries were conscious and proactive in this change.

E-books spur reading among Americans, survey shows – (2012). – Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. Retrieved April 10, 2012, from    gahran/index.html

The author of this article provided some statistics on eBook and eReaders. The results included “e-book users tend to read more often than people who read only print material. Currently 28% of Americans age 18 and older own at least one tablet or an e-book reader.” Therefore this article support the claim that there is an increasing popularity of e-books and e-readers.

Greenwalt, R. (2012). Developing an E-Book Strategy. Public Libraries, 51(1), 22-24.

Greenwalt provided the outline on which devices a public library on a budget should purchase and why. The article provided definitions and examples of the most popular e-readers, such as the Nook, Kindle and iPad. In addition he also provided a guideline on how a e-book class should be instructed. This article is a great reference for users and librarians that a curious about the different products and their usability.

Kelsey, E., Knapp, M., & Richards, M. (2012). A Practical, Public-Service Approach to E-Books. Public Libraries, 51(1), 42-45.

This article provided information on how  Ohio public library staff members handle the demand and questions pertaining to e-books and  e-readers.  This article included tips on staff training. Tips addressed how to educate staff on this issue so that they will be efficient in assisting patrons when asked. The authors of this article also provided solutions to address the rapid changing market of the e-books and e-readers, such as subscribing to feeds that focus e-books and e-readers.

Lebert, M. (2009). A Short History of EBooks. Project Gutenberg.

Lebert provided some basic historical information and timeline on the e-book. The paper focus on the “book” changing medium from physical to digital. The first digital book or e-Book was created during the 1971 Gutenberg Project. The leader of this project was Michael Hart. Lebert continues on to mention that in addition to and with the  improvement of the internet, bookseller sold books online and libraries began to create digital libraries.

Watson, L. (2010). The Future of the Library As a Place of Learning: A Personal Perspective. New Review Of Academic Librarianship, 16(1), 45-56. doi:10.1080/13614530903574637 Retrieved April 10, 2012, from  

The premise of this paper relies on the basis that there is a threat to libraries as a place of existence. Technology is developing rapidly and more efficiently. So efficiently technology is excelling, computers will be able to repair themselves and converse with humans within the next ten to fifteen years. Therefore the core activities that librarians do or the main functionality of providing a place to acquire resources will all become automated. Therefore, Watson argues that libraries should model and become an extension of the educational system to combat this fear.


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