Kindling an interest in e-books: supporting access to e-content on multiple platforms

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The growth in uptake of e-book devices and apps for leisure reading has led to increased challenges and opportunities for academic librarians as their users seek similar features from the e-content their libraries license to support learning, teaching and research. Alison discusses how librarians can manage their user expectations in relation to their subscription e-content and the range of platforms available to “read” from. The issues of availability, accessibility, affordability, and licensing will be discussed and together with the need for an ongoing librarian – publisher dialogue.
Presentation delivered at Online Information 2011 on Thursday 1 December 2011 in the session: Insights into user behaviours and implications for future content delivery session, part of Track 1 - Going mobile: information and knowledge on the move.

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  • KINDLING AN INTEREST IN E-BOOKS: SUPPORTING ACCESS TO E-CONTENT ON MULTIPLE PLATFORMS Alison McNab, Academic Team Manager, De Montfort University, UK Kindling an interest in e-books: supporting access to e-content on multiple platforms Learning Points How to harness enthusiasm for leisure e-reading and utilise it in the academic community Identify practical ways to support library users who wish to access e-book content on multiple platforms Manage the expectations of university staff and students in the light of the availability, accessibility, affordability, and licensing of academic e-book content
  • Kindling an interest in e-books: supporting access to e-content on multiple platforms

    1. 1. KINDLING AN INTEREST IN E-BOOKS: SUPPORTING ACCESS TO E-CONTENT ON MULTIPLE PLATFORMS Alison McNab De Montfort University Twitter: @AlisonMcNab Track 1: Going mobile: information and knowledge on the move Thursday 1 December 2011
    2. 2. OUTLINE <ul><li>Harnessing enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting library users </li></ul><ul><li>Managing expectations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>affordability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>licensing of academic e-book content </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. E-BOOKS EVERYWHERE
    4. 4. THE CHALLENGE <ul><li>Normalising the e-book experience while promoting the benefits </li></ul>
    5. 5. E-BOOKS <ul><li>May be: </li></ul><ul><li>Current or out-of-copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription or one-time cost </li></ul><ul><li>PDF or interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Primary texts </li></ul><ul><li>Textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Reference books </li></ul>
    6. 6. (SOME) STUDENT EXPECTATIONS <ul><li>e means: </li></ul><ul><li>“ martini” access: anytime, anyplace, anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>“ free” </li></ul><ul><li>it is worth quoting </li></ul><ul><li>text is available for cut-and-paste </li></ul><ul><li>....“but how do you cite an e-book?” </li></ul>
    7. 7. EXPECTATIONS OF ACADEMIC STAFF <ul><li>E-textbooks should be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>affordable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>available in the latest edition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>purchased title by title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>purchased chapter by chapter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>accessible on University and personal computers, and handhelds </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. THE LIBRARY VIEW (1) <ul><li>Return on Investment </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development issues </li></ul>
    9. 9. THE LIBRARY VIEW (2) <ul><li>Work with publishers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration with OPAC / VLE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chapter-level purchase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore mobile access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scrutinise your licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Try PDA </li></ul>
    10. 10. CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Normalise e-books </li></ul><ul><li>Provide advice at point of need </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss issues around referencing </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the conversation going! </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Thank you for listening </li></ul>Alison McNab @AlisonMcNab [email_address]

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