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  • Ebooks for Schools

    1. 1. eBooks for Schools A Collection Development Odyssey Sue Smith, Library Director The Harker School August 7, 2012
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. “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
    8. 8. Four Key “Dualities” Fiction v. non-fiction Single v. multiple user Device download v. web-based access Ownership v. lease (annual subscriptions)
    9. 9. 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?
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. Everything you always wanted toknow about eBooks and wereafraid to ask. . . . .