Cindy Orr takes a look back—and forward—in her monthly column:
This is the time of year for looking back on where we’ve been and wondering about what the New Year will hold. My guess is that most of us, if asked to think of significant events in the digital world over the past year, would remember that around this time in 2010, libraries began experiencing a huge spike in eBook lending as the gift of the year—eReaders—were opened and put to use immediately following the holidays.
Here are a few other highlights of the year:
February – HarperCollins institutes 26 checkout loan cap and eBooks become the top selling category of all formats.
July – Hundreds attend Digipalooza in Cleveland (video)
So what about 2012? What can we expect? Here are a few general predictions from various sources:
Software is eating the world, according to Marc Andreessen, and more and more people in the world now have a smartphone, which means they have a computer in their hands and are available as customers to companies who have the software.
So what does this mean for libraries? We need to be prepared to serve mobile customers even more than we are now. Oh, and we can expect statistics to spike again next week, as forecasts point toward high eReader sales again for this holiday season.