E-Books in the Academic Library: Perceptions vs. Reality
A Librarians' Roundtable Hosted by ACLS Humanities E-Book.
As the demand for e-books is growing, academic libraries are wrestling with the challenge of meeting this need while budgets for purchasing are often being constrained. Cost and quality were ranked as the top two factors in e-book acquisitions by librarians surveyed while researching HEB's white paper "Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level." (Lee Walton and Edward Reiner, New York, 2013). At the same time, librarians' perceptions of e-books don't always match the reality.
Topics to be discussed in the roundtable include:
. Does your library have a digital content strategy? If not, why not?
. Licensing v. "purchasing" -- can libraries "own" e-books?
. When making an acquisition decision, how does your library assess the quality of e-books?
. Subject areas covered by e-book collections--are they important to you? How do you assess your patrons' needs?
. In which subject areas is the most immersive reading of e-books taking place?
. Backlist vs. frontlist--is backlist being used? What do the numbers say?
. Are e-books more broadly useful than some librarians believe?
After a brief introduction we will turn the floor over to our librarian attendees and we anticipate a discussion that will be informative and hopefully helpful to libraries considering how using e-books as part of their digital strategy can help them to meet the needs of their patrons. Snacks and caffeine will be provided, so please join us!
Library Type: Academic, Community College, Consortium, Library School, Museum, Regional System, Research Library, Special, State Library