The Transition to E-Text


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Bob Kieft's MSCS Advisory Board presentation, May 23, 2013 at Colby college, Waterville, ME.

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  • The Transition to E-Text

    1. 1. The Transition to E-TextBob KieftMaine Shared Collections StrategyMay 23,
    2. 2. The Tyranny of Print-or-The Transition to E-Text
    3. 3. The Empire of Print-or-The Transition to E-Text
    4. 4. The Hegemony of Print-or-The Transition to E-Text
    5. 5. Kicking the Print Habit-or-The Transition to E-Text
    6. 6. Give Me Print or Give Me Death-or-The Transition to E-Text
    7. 7. Cellulose Forever-or-The Transition to E-Text
    8. 8. Well, maybe….if…..-or-The Transition to E-text
    9. 9. In any case, NOT EASY!• Vexed• Uneven• Unpredictable• Inevitable• Controversial• Necessary• Desirable• Money-saving
    10. 10. Why do we care?• Shared collections (old, new), resourcesharing, preservation, access• Reader demand (or lack of it)• New modes of/channels for publishing• Changes in scholarship and scholarly comm.
    11. 11. Shared Collections:Predications• Real estate• Shift from p to e in publishing/text use• A large parallel digital library• Collective responsibility/sharability• Roles in library community• Info and delivery systems; data aboutholdings/circ• Retro-/pro-spective, collection slices, disciplines• Body count—what’s the right number; what is acollection
    12. 12. Shared Collections:Impediments• Local vs. collective sensibilities/trust• Easily gathered and used data about holdings and circ• Legal issues around Gbooks and Hathi copies• E-text use experience/devices/platforms• Business models for serving fewer copies/licensing for e-• Uncertainty about how many copies are needed to servedemand; dynamic drawdown effects• Sorting our roles among libraries; size of partnershipneeded• Phase issues, staging of a shared print program• Cost studies and logistics• Methods for divesting of books
    13. 13. Types and FormatsP to E?Yes•Born digital•Indexes and bibliographies•Reports, working papers, etc.•Journals•Narrative reference works•Reformatted special collections•Gov docs?•Stats?Maybe or No• Newspapers/mags• Manuals, cookbooks, etc• Trade fiction/nonfiction• Textbooks• Academic monographs• Image-intensive texts
    14. 14. E-text facilitates• Publishing• Distribution• Revision• Collaboration/social dimensions ofreading/scholarship• Repurposing• Searching/evaluation
    15. 15. But…….• What people say they prefer and what they dounder certain circumstances may be different• Digital use vs. digital delivery• Digital divide, print accessibility for free• “Reading,” cognition, attention• Stability of products• Navigation within text• Privacy
    16. 16. Use cases for books•Decorative/display•Gift•Ambience/pile-up (a lot of books around me makes me feel studious;represents my identity; gives me security that I have choices, abundance)•Immersive or extensive (cover-to-cover reading)•Segmented (a chapter)•Discovery•Evaluative•Indexical or precision•Negative use•Interactive (leave marks/notes)•Bibliographic (relationship to other books/book as member of a class)•Artifactual (unique/rare, unusual in some way, art object;personal/affective/identity importance is a major subcase)
    17. 17. Work needed to support the e-role inshared (print) collections• Remake relationship between author and reader• Model demand for p- and ebooks• Sales and licensing models• Reading device/software improvement• Settle legal issues around digitized books• Different conditions for supporting HathiTrust