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Syllabus for electronic books in libraries

  1. 1. Electronic Books in Libraries: Their Acquisition, Cataloging and Management Richard Sapon-White, Instructor Syllabus for Fulbright Grant at University of Warsaw1 DescriptionBooks in electronic form have been around for over 25 years, yet in the past few yearstheir availability individually and in package deals has skyrocketed. Many librariesinvest more of their financial resources into e-books than in print. The impact on allaspects of library service has been rapid and profound. This course will explore variousaspects of the e-book boom and critically assess its impact on libraries now and in thefuture.The course will be taught in American seminar style, i.e., with emphasis on studentpresentations and discussions based on articles in the current library literature. Allstudents will be expected to read the articles and be prepared to discuss them in class.Students will be assessed on the quality of their oral and written presentations as well asin-class participation.The language of instruction will be English.2 ObjectivesBy the end of the course, students should have a thorough understanding of theacquisition, cataloging and management of electronic books in libraries. Students’ choiceof topics will determine the specifics of the course. Learning objectives may include, butare not limited to:a. understanding the market for e-books and the process of license negotiation with e-book vendorsb. describing the challenges of cataloging e-books, including recent changes to catalogingrules and the variability in cataloging quality in vendor-provided bibliographic recordsc. managing demand driven acquisition of e-books and consortium e-book programsd. the ability to read primary library literature criticallye. improvement of oral and written presentation skills3 Topical Outline The topics covered in the class beyond the first two sessions will depend on thetopics that students choose to study. Below are potential topics. Chapters from the textfor the class are shown in parentheses after each topic and are suggested starting pointsfor exploring each topic.
  2. 2. Data Topic 8 pazdz. Introduction - Definitions and Basic Concepts 15 pazdz. Historical Background on E-Books (chap. 1); Giving Effective Presentations 22 Acquisition of E-Books (chap. 6) pazdz. 29 Use and Preservation of E-Books (chap. 7) pazdz. 5 listop. E-book Standards (chap. 8) 12 listop. E-books and Student Learning (chap. 2) 19 listop. E-books in School Libraries (chap. 3) 26 listop. E-books in Public Libraries (chap. 4) 3 grudz. E-books in University Libraries (chap. 5) 10 Accessibility Issues with E-Books (book 2, chap.3) grudz. 17 grudz. Academic Publishing and E-Books (chap. 9) 7 stycz. E-readers and IPads in Libraries (book 2, chap. 12 and 15) 14 stycz. Selection of E-Books (Kaplan, chap. 5) 21 stycz. Assessment and Evalution of E-Book Collections (Kaplan, chap. 9)4 Course Work Students will be expected to attend all class sessions, participate in class discussions, read assigned articles and book chapters. After the first two class sessions conducted by the instructor, students will be giving presentations and leading discussions for the remainder of the semester. Emphasis will be placed on critically evaluating the readings in class discussions as well as working on presentation and writing skills. Guidelines for preparing the presentations and reports will be provided during the first two sessions.5 Grading Presentation 40% Written Report 40% Class participation 20%6 Required Text (provided)No Shelf Required: e-Books in Libraries. Sue Polanka, editor. Chicago, Ill.: AmericanLibrary Association, 2011.7 Supplementary Texts and Readings
  3. 3. *Algenio, Emilie, and Alexia Thompson-Young. 2005. “Licensing E-books: The Good,the Bad and the Ugly.” Journal of Library Administration 42 (3): 113-128.Ball, Rafael. 2009. “E-books in Practice: The Librarian’s Perspective.” LearnedPublishing 21 (1): 18-22.* Blummer, Barbara. 2012. “Best Practices for Integrating E-books in AcademicLibraries: a Literature Review from 2005 to Present.” Collection Management 37: 65-97.**Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.Richard Kaplan, ed. Chicago, Ill.: Neal Schuman, 2012.Bush, Vannevar. “As We May Think.” Atlantic, July,*Christianson, Marilyn, and Marsha Aucoin. 2005. “Electronic or Print Books? Whichare Used?” Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services 29 (1): 71-81.Cox, John. 2009. “Developing an E-book Business Model: Too New forStandardization?” Presentation to the Book Industry Study Group, American LibraryAssociation, 2009,, John. 2007. “Making Sense of E-book Usage Data.” Acquisitions Librarian 19(3/4): 193-212. (BUW Wolny Dostęp)Culbertson, Becky, Yael Mandelstam, and George Prager. 2009. Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide. Washington, D.C.: Program for CooperativeCataloging,*De Jong, Maria T., and Adriana G. Bus. 2002. “Quality of Book-Reading Matters forEmergent Readers: An Experiment with the Same Book in a Regular or ElectronicFormat.” Journal of Educational Psychology 94 (1): 145-156.*Genco, Barbara A. 2009. “It’s Been Geometric! Documenting the Growth andAcceptance of eBooks in America’s Urban Public Libraries.” Paper presented at theWorld Library and Information Congress, 75th IFLA General Conference and Council,August 23-27, Milan, Italy. *Gregory, Cynthia L. 2008. “But I Want a Real Book: An Investigation ofUndergraduates’ Usage and Attitudes Toward Electronic Books.” Reference and UserServices Quarterly 47 (3): 266-273.*Littman, Justin, and Lynn Silipigni Connaway. 2004. “A Circulation Analysis of PrintBooks and E-Books in an Academic Research Library.” Library Resources andTechnical Services 48 (4): 256-262.
  4. 4. *Mugridge, Rebecca L., and Jeff Edmunds. 2012. “Batchloading MARC BibliographicRecords: Current Practices and Future Challenges in Large Research Libraries.” LibraryResources and Technical Services 56 (3): 155-170.**No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Electronic Books. Sue Polanka, ed.Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association, 2012.Ruland Staines, Karen. 2008. “Electronic Resources and Libraries.”*Slater, Robert. 2009. “E-books or Print Books, “Big Deals” or Local Selections: WhatGets More Use?” Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services 33 (1): 31-41.*Smith, Shelley L. 2011. “Creating Provider-Neutral Records for E-books.” Cataloging& Classification Quarterly 50: 304-315.*Mr. Sapon-White has copies of these articles for borrowing.**On reserve in the library.