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Alan Darnell, Director, Scholars Portal, Ontario Consortium of University Libraries
Scholars Portal, an initiative of the Ontario Council of University Libraries, provides technology support for OCUL member libraries in many areas, including virtual reference, citation management services, numeric and geospatial data services, and digital content management. Two of the largest repositories of digitial content managed by Scholars Portal -- an E-Journal collection of 32M articles and an E-Book collection of close to 500,000 texts -- provide an interesting study through contrast of the unique and daunting challenges of managing e-book content. The presentation will look at issues related to consortial acquisition, local loading, metadata management, digital preservation, usage drivers, and student and faculty adoption of ebooks compared to ejournals.