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Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Edited by Richard Kaplan
Item Number: 978-1-55570-776-7
 
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
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216 pages
8.5" x 11"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-776-7
Year Published: 2012

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Beginning with a short history of e-books and a review of the e-book publishing industry and its effect on the library’s selection and budget process, this how-to provides a thorough treatment of collection development issues, including the selection process and development policies, the use of approval plans, patron-driven acquisition, and practical solutions for creating your e-book collection policies. Chapters on budgeting and licensing cover ownership versus leasing models, the differences in licensing options from the major publishers and aggregators including information on digital rights management, and strategies for success in retention, access, and budgeting. The cataloging and selection chapters are the largest in the book. The “selecting e-books” chapter discusses
  • E-book purchasing models
  • File formats and publisher/aggregator e-book platforms
  • Differences and similarities between various display devices (e-readers)
The technical and access services section includes
  • Best practices in cataloging e-books to include metadata
  • Insight on incorporating value added features such as adding excerpts from the text, book covers, and links to related resources
  • Guidance on library web page and online catalog access
  • Assessment and evaluation strategies through circulation statistics, print collection selection and usage, and user satisfaction
You’ll also gain valuable insight on the e-book’s impact on the publishing industry, scholarly communication, and its integration into future technologies and social media. Offering multiple perspectives from electronic resource professionals at world-renowned libraries such as Harvard, the University of Michigan, Duke, and Northeastern, this book provides a comprehensive and well-rounded e-book education. Success stories highlight each chapter’s lessons, giving you real-world examples of effective e-book implementation in both school and public libraries. 

Table of Contents

Preface 
Acknowledgments

Part I: E-Books in Context

Chapter 1. The Electronic Book—Beginnings to the Present
Fern M. Cheek and Lynda J. Hartel
Introduction
The Transition to E-Books
Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Books
Historical Perspective 
Current Variations of E-Book Readers 
E-Books in Today’s Libraries 
Public Libraries 
K–12 Libraries 
Higher Education 
Questions Abound—Forward to the Future 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 2. E-Book Publishing—A View from the Industry
Meg White
Introduction 
Solid to Liquid 
Core Competency and Required Skill Sets 
Evolving Customer Needs 
Publishing in Transition 
Economic Drivers 
Technology Drivers 
Customers 
Intimacy Issues 
Shift from Individual to Institutional 
Is Free Good Enough? 
Supply Chain 
The Myth of Disintermediation 
Increased Complexity 
E-Books and the Magic Bullet 
Great Expectations 
Apples and Oranges 
What’s Happening Now: Products and Strategies 
The Nature of Change 
References 

Chapter 3. E-Book Publishing—The View from the Library 
Nadia J. Lalla
Introduction 
Some Background Information 
Purchase versus Subscription E-Book Models 
Cost Considerations 
Collection Sustainability: Perpetual Access versus Nonperpetual Access E-Book Models 
Multiple Formats of the Same Content 
Impact on Collection Sustainability 
The “Big Deal” E-Book Package Model 
Cost Considerations 
Impact on Collection Sustainability 
The Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) E-Book Model 
Trend: Digital Rights Management (DRM) 
Trend: E-Textbooks 
The Future of E-Book Publishing and Libraries: Economic Realities + Emerging Technologies + Cultural Shift
References 

Part II: E-Books in Detail

Chapter 4. E-Books in Public Libraries 
Rebecca Felkner
Introduction 
Start Your E-Book Collection 
Gauge Your Patrons’ Needs 
Choose Formats 
Select Lending Methods 
Select the Genres 
Staff Functions 
Electronic Resource Management 
Collection Development 
Technical Services 
Publicity 
Staff Training 
Patron Training 
Set Policies 
Determine Who Makes the Policies 
Set E-Book Circulation Policies 
Set E-Reader Circulation Policies 
Budget/Allocate Funds 
Building and Managing E-Book Collections
Start-Up Costs 
Ongoing Costs 
Shared Costs: Join an E-Book Cooperative 
Best Practices 
Get Staff Buy-In
Keep Current with E-Book Technologies 
Share Information with Colleagues in Nearby and/or Similar Libraries
Review New Products from Vendors 
Assess Your E-Collection’s Performance 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 5. Selecting E-Books 
Joanne Doucette and Amy Lewontin
Introduction: Collecting E-Books 
Defining the Collection 
The Nature of E-Books 
Subject Coverage 
Scope and Currency 
Minimizing Duplication 
Audience 
Collection Development Policy 
Selection Process 
Establishing Selectors 
Choosing E-Books 
Selecting and Deselecting with the Help of Usage Statistics 
Understanding E-Book Purchasing Models 
Exploring Perpetual Access and Ownership versus Annual Subscription 
Protecting Your Purchases 
Selecting the Appropriate User Access Model 
Exploring the Swapping Model 
Exploring the Patron-Driven Acquisition Model 
Exploring the Pay-Per-View Model 
E-Book File Formats, Platforms, and Display Devices 
E-Book Formats 
E-Book Platforms 
E-Book Display Devices 
Budgetary and Licensing Concerns 
Cost Considerations That Impact Selection 
Licensing Issues That Impact Selection 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 6. Licensing of E-Books 
Becky Albitz and David Brennan
Introduction 
Licensing E-Books 
Platform Decisions 
Title-by-Title Access on Third-Party Platforms 
Licensing Directly with a Publisher 
Subscription Packages 
Licensing and Permitted Uses 
Interlibrary Lending 
Course Reserves and Course Packs 
Preservation and Ongoing Access 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 7. Budgeting for E-Books 
Becky Albitz and David Brennan
Introduction 
Purchasing Models 
E-Book Business Models 
Cost of Concurrent Users 
Print/Electronic Duplication 
Budgeting for Patron-Driven Acquisitions 
Finding the Money 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 8. Cataloging, Locating, and Accessing E-Books 
Betsy Eggleston
Introduction 
To Catalog or Not to Catalog 
Factors Involving Acquisitions Records 
Factors Involving Circulation Records 
Factors Associated with Integrated Searching 
Evaluating Resources Needed for Cataloging 
Making E-Books Available to Users 
Dealing with License Restrictions 
Using Proxy Servers 
Managing URLs 
Records for E-Books in the Library Catalog 
Single versus Multiple Records for Electronic Version and Print Version 
Collection-Level Records 
Record Sets from Vendors 
Provider-Neutral Records 
MARC Standards for Cataloging E-Books 
Considerations for Batch Loading 
Providing Added Value 
Conclusion 
References 

Chapter 9. Assessment and Evaluation of E-Book Collections 
Karen S. Grigg
Introduction 
Building and Managing E-Book Collections
Methods of Assessment 
Usage Data 
Overlap Analysis 
Survey Instruments 
Benchmarking 
Focus Groups 
Balanced Scorecard Method 
Other Factors That Present Challenges in Making and Assessing Purchasing Decisions 
Lack of Impact Factors 
Issues with E-Book Readers 
Availability from Multiple Vendors 
Future Trends 
Conclusion 
References  

Part III: E-Books in Practice

Example 1. E-Books in a High School Library—Cushing Academy
Tom Corbett
Introduction 
The Secondary School Library’s Two Main Roles: Support for Research and Reading 
E-Books Serving the Library’s Research Role 
E-Books Serving the Library’s Reading Role 
Conclusion 
References 

Example 2. Marketing E-Books in a Public Library—Half Hollow Hills Community Library 
Ellen Druda
E-Books and the Public Library—Read, Pray, Love 
E-Book Demand Is Growing 
Reader Types in a Public Library 
Book Discussion Groups—P but Not E 
Encouraging the Use of E-Books 
Marketing E-Books 
E-Books into the Book Discussion Program 
Book Discussion Summit 
Publicity, Publicity, Publicity 
Conclusion 

Example 3. Circulating E-Book Readers—Texas A&M University at Qatar
Carole Thompson
Introduction 
The Readers 
The iLiad 
The Kindle 
The Sony Reader 
Implementation 
Content 
Work Flow 
Conclusion 

Example 4. Changing Library Staffing Models to Manage E-Collections—George Washington University 
Kathe S. Obrig
Introduction 
Changing Collection Formats—Changing Staffing Needs 
Staff Reorganization—New Skills Required 
Managing Electronic Resources 
Managing Print Resources 
Resulting Organizational Changes 
Successful Implementation 
Conclusion 

Example 5. E-Book Access Management Using an ERM System—Oregon Health & Science University
Kristina DeShazo
Introduction 
E-Resources at OHSU 
ERM—Development and Implementation 
ERM—From E-Journal Management to E-Book Management 
Staffing Changes Needed to Maintain an ERM System 
ERM—Moving Forward 
Conclusion 

Example 6. Accessing and Circulating E-Books with E-Readers—Lesley University
Marilyn Geller and Linda Roscoe
Background 
E-Reader Selection 
Selecting Content 
Access Decisions 
E-Reader Lending Research—Advice from Other Libraries 
Procedures for Checking in E-Readers 
Introducing E-Readers to Library Staff 
Marketing 
Lessons Learned 
Conclusion 

References 
About the Editor and Contributors 
Index

About the Editor

Richard Kaplan is the Dean of Library and Learning Resources at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has overseen the conversion of the College library and two branch campus libraries into a predominantly electronic collection. He has over 30 years' experience, also working in libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Buffalo (SUNY). He has an MLS from the University of Albany (SUNY) and has published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, and the Journal of Library Administration.
Reviews

"This title features a wealth of useful information ... the concepts and issues covered are applicable to all libraries. This book provides a solid snapshot of the current best practices in the world of e-book collecting."
--CHOICE

"Every librarian and library dealing with e-books should have a copy of this work, as it is a one-stop guide to most issues concerning e-books. It is not just the content but also the language and practical examples that make this book especially valuable."
--Australian Library Journal
 
 

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