eBooks for Schools A Collection Development Odyssey Sue Smith, Library Director The Harker School August 7, 2012
Today’s Journey Why E-Books? Key considerations for schools Content (often determines the other 2) Format DRM Where to begin? For further reading . . A tour of our LibGuide
Why eBooks? Embedded content Space-savers (more space for collaboration, maker spaces) More engaging Time-savers (processing, Instant & remote use shelving, inventory, weeding) Hyperlinks to source material No wear-out/replacement issues Differentiated learning (text-to- Environmentally friendly (?) speech, font size, etc.) Simultaneous multi-use Virtual bookshelf; project features Patron-driven acquisition
Our Story . . . Harker K-12 Independent school on 3 campuses 1:1 Laptops, 6-12; Chromebooks 4-5, iPads, K-3 Toe-in-the-water approach Began in 2006 with 10 Gale eBooks Own 1688 titles K-12, Subscribe to approximately 30K titles through Gale’s QuestiaSchool.com
Some Stats . . . At least 20% of all book sales come from e-books, and the numbers are rising fast. Total e-book sales in January 2012 came in close to twice those of a year previously, and were more than ten times the figure for January 2009. The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that 21% of all Americans have read an e-book in the past year, with the proportion predictably higher among the young. Millions of free books in the public domain have been digitized by Google Books. Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell hundreds of thousands of copyrighted titles for a price usually lower than print.From “The Bookless Library” by David Bell; The New Republic, Aug 2, 2012 issue
But What Does this Look Like forSchool Libraries? EX: 17 VOYA-reviewed books from Jan-June 2012 with 5 Q scores; 14 fiction & 3 non-fiction: Only one is available as eBook for purchase thru Ingram or Follett (not the same title!) All but one available for Kindle at 20-25% of hard cover Amazon price. All but 4 available from iBooks at approx. 60% of the MSRP Current models favor individual use
“If you talk to ONE school librarianabout eBook strategies you’ll hearone school’s story.” Consider your users Consider the available technology Consider your collection needs
Four Key “Dualities” Fiction v. non-fiction Single v. multiple user Device download v. web-based access Ownership v. lease (annual subscriptions)
Collection DevelopmentQuestions How do I start? Should I jump in now or wait? Where will the $$$ come from? How will eBooks affect my print collection? What if I make a bad decision? Is there duplication with database content? How will my students find the eBooks? (“discovery”) Are the answers different for elementary? Middle school? HS?
Collection Development PoliciesMust Change! Increasingly centralized Not as responsive to diverse populations Balance e-collections with purchase of individual titles Duplication of E- and print makes sense E- may stimulate print and vice versa Patron-driven vs. balanced collection
Everything you always wanted toknow about eBooks and wereafraid to ask. . . . .