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What is the most effective way to spend your e-book budget? Should you focus on popular items or create a comprehensive collection? Should you join a consortium to increase your library’s buying power? How do you find one? Can you start one in your area?
Join Kathy Petlewski, electronic resources librarian at the Plymouth District (Mich.) Library, to get answers to these questions and more. Kathy will share ideas and tips for you to consider when making decisions about how to spend your library's e-book budget. You’ll gain insights on how to spend your budget effectively, where to find free or less expensive e-books, and hear about the pros and cons of starting or joining a consortium.
This archived webinar was originally presented April 24, 2012, as the second of four webinars in “Public Librarian’s Guide to E-Books: A PLA Webinar Series” (Spring 2012).
About the Authors
Kathy Petlewski is the electronic resources librarian at the Plymouth District (Mich.) Library where she has worked for more than twenty-five years. Kathy also conducts training classes on "E-Reader Patron Support for Library Staff" for the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. She currently serves as the chairperson for the Michigan Digital Libraries Consortium, a group of 25 libraries located across Michigan sharing a collection of e-books and e-audio books through Overdrive. Her blog, Thoughts from a Well-Rounded Librarian, chronicles her experiences and musings on the world of libraries and e-books.
The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.