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Thanks very much for your suggestion posted on the Nimitz Library’s web site:
Nimitz should begin lending ebooks so people can use their Kindle's and other devices to read. Many public libraries render this service. It is the future!
Nimitz Library does provide this service for books from the Ebrary Ebook Collection. Items may be downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions (freely available at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/) and will be available on most devices, except the Kindle. To download items from Ebrary, an account must first be created.
Additional information on downloadable ebooks may be found at on the Ebooks/Audiobooks library guide at: http://libguides.usna.edu/content.php?pid=134874&sid=1445112#8038324.
We hope to have this option available for other collections in the near future.
You will note that the majority of these titles are academic in nature to support the Academy’s curriculum. We have received other suggestions to loan ebooks via Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook, which we are investigating. These types of vendor-specific platforms present challenges for Libraries, especially in a government environment. Amazon and Barnes & Noble are both very proprietary about books for their devices, only allowing titles purchased from them to be used. This severely limits libraries from providing access to materials to a wide audience. We are learning from other libraries experience in this area.
We regularly consider ways in which to provide more electronic content, and will continue to do so, as it is the future.
I am a midshipman 4/C who is concerned about the recent paper shortage in Nimitz and would like to provide some proposals that may spur a realistic and adequate solution.
I learned recently that 350,000 pages were printed in Nimitz library in one month, and demand is going up. These "printing stations" are a nuisance, so we must either meet demand or curb demand.
Meet the Rising Demand: "Printer Usage Tax"
Small paycheck deduction of $3 per midshipman monthly paycheck.
If the Academy deducts $3 from each MIDN's monthly pay:
4,500 midshipmen x $3 = $13,500 in supplemental revenue for Nimitz Average cost of 500 sheets of printer paper = $10 $13,500/$10 x 500 sheets = 675,000 additional pages that Nimitz can buy every month, on top of the already-allotted printer budget.
And, most MIDN would not notice nor mind giving up $3 extra per month if it means open printing.
Option #2: Curb the Rising Demand
Impose Regulations on Printing
Set up a system that requires a name and password every time a MIDN prints.
Each MIDN is alloted x pages that they are allowed to print per month.
Once they print their allotted amount, they cannot print anymore.
These are just some suggestions. I will be happy to help shape any future suggestions or decisions if at all possible.