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What’s a Library to do with Ebooks?

What’s a Library to do with Ebooks?



overview of library issues integrating ebooks with collections

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  • Design and marketing aimed directly at the user and his/her device…
  • Cliff Lynch The Battle to Define the Future of the Book in the Digital World, http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/864/773
  • And keep current!! As options changeDescribe 1st patron driven experience
  • eBraryOCLC & Ingram partner for interlibrary loans for e-books in MyiLibrary through WorldCat Resource Sharing & ILLiadHathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than fifty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

What’s a Library to do with Ebooks? What’s a Library to do with Ebooks? Presentation Transcript

  • What’s a Library to do with Ebooks?Drawing some lines in the (quick)sand
    CLA webinar
    April 21, 2011 Martha Hruska
  • Today’s Overview
    What we’re good at
    What are ebooks?
    Inserting Library values in the mix
    Experiment, play, stay in the fray
  • What we’re good at
    Intermediation: Facilitating Discovery
  • We’re good at… but now:
    Managing the large collection for community use
    Acquiring books when they’re available for the community’s benefit
    Storing all these books for potential use and the cultural legacy
    There’s Amazon and Google and …
    Smartphones and Kindles
    Can easily hold personal libraries
    Easy personal access to information
    What is the role of a library?
  • What are ebooks?
    Digital versions of books, complete with page flips
    Books plus enhancements? Links? Notation support?
    Content vs. Platforms
    Access Issues
    All the many flavors and still in flux
  • Whatever they are… they are popular
    UCSD 512,804 ebooks 2009/10 and growing
    Sales up 202% Feb 2011 over Feb 2010
    53% Libraries surveyed by Duke University Press have increased budget for ebooks from 2010 to 2011
  • Lots to explain...
  • Inserting Library values in the mix
    Sharing: Circulation & ILL
    Fair use
    Preserving the cultural legacy
    Version control and citation management
  • From University Press eBook Options: Research Project Process and Outcomes
    October Ivins, Informed Strategies. ARL Member Meeting, April 30, 2010 http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/mm10sp-ivins.pdf
  • UC Libraries Statement on E-Book Access in Libraries
    As the UC Libraries explore options for the increased acquisition of e-books, we reaffirm the importance of fair use and equitable access to information, the principles on which all libraries stand. As we work to define suitable e-book licensing terms and models which reflect these principles, we have been struck by the highly restrictive terms under which HarperCollins is making its e-books available to libraries. We’ve also been dismayed by the policies of other publishers that do not allow libraries to make their content widely available to readers in digital formats. The UC Libraries join with the American Library Association and our public library colleagues in deploring such restrictive policies. In this complex digital arena now taking shape, we are in critical need of business practices that support the role of libraries as core democratic and educational institutions. We urge all publishers to develop e-book licensing policies that recognize and actively support the essential role that all libraries play in advancing knowledge, promoting civil discourse and fostering an informed citizenry.
  • http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/cdsc/ebooks
  • Users Rights: from a librarian’s perspective
  • eBook models
    Eric Helman’seBook Carrots for Libraries
    Durability: ePub and PDFs without DRM
    ‘Pretend it’s Print’
    eBook rentals without DRM
    Lots of buzz just yesterday about Amazon's plans for library lending of Kindle books. See their Press Release.
    And now this post suggesting the ability to whispersync your own notes from a library checkout as the clincher for Amazon. Kindle Library Lending: ePub Is Dead
  • Experiment!!
    Adding ebooks from CIPA
    Connecting writers & readers
    Purchase & ‘pretend it’s a print book’
    Red Rocks Community College & Douglas County libraries plan to launch click-through links so interested patrons can purchase an e-book title from the catalog record.
  • Experiment, negotiate, stay in the fray
    Demand Driven Acquisitions
    Expose everything? Or everything you’re prepared to buy
    Pay for uses… purchase what gets used enough
    Print on Demand
    Espresso machines
    Through publishers
    Open Library
    PDF’s and eBrary’sDASH
  • Questions?
    Thank you!