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From Otzar Ha Hochma To Google Booksa[1]


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PPT on Ebooks in jewish Studies. Presented at AJL 2007 conference in Phoenix, arizona.

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From Otzar Ha Hochma To Google Booksa[1]

  1. 1. From Otzar Ha-Hochma To Google Books Jewish Books on the Internet Sara Spiegel
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Ebooks were produced already the </li></ul><ul><li>Project Guttenberg, since 1971. </li></ul><ul><li>Still, it did not became popular as </li></ul><ul><li>E-Reference and E-serials </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction: <ul><li>The purpose of this presentation is to introduce ways to search for </li></ul><ul><li>E-books in Jewish Studies. </li></ul><ul><li>The question of the place of ebooks in our library collection. </li></ul><ul><li>Questions of how to deal with them from the technical services point of view. </li></ul>
  4. 4. E-Publications <ul><li>Three major players </li></ul><ul><li>1. Publishers / Vendors </li></ul><ul><li>2. Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>3. Readers </li></ul>
  5. 5. E-Serials <ul><li>Success from the productions to the </li></ul><ul><li>application of its business model </li></ul><ul><li>Individual versus aggregator of serials </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages: fast retrieval, accurate, </li></ul><ul><li>convenient. </li></ul>
  6. 6. E-Reference <ul><li>Any publication type which the reader has to retrieve: </li></ul><ul><li>factual or specific information and </li></ul><ul><li>need to read a limited amount of information </li></ul><ul><li>Will be successful in an online environment. </li></ul>
  7. 7. E-Books <ul><li>1. The publisher world embraced it quickly as most books are published/created online before going into paper form. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Libraries, among many reasons, could not handle the parallel acquisitions of print and electronic at same time, it was not justified. </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries were afraid that it will threaten their existence and people won’t come to the library to browse. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Readers still need the paper format to read. And there is still no substitute to the print book format. </li></ul>
  8. 8. E-Books in Jewish Studies <ul><li>There is no one ultimate aggregator of e-books in Jewish Studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Otzar ha-hochma is as close to what we now get to a large collection of e-books in Hebraica. </li></ul>
  9. 9. A list of some of the E-Books collection in Jewish Studies <ul><li>Otzar Ha-Hochma </li></ul><ul><li>Netlibrary (Subject collections) </li></ul><ul><li>JNUL – digitized books </li></ul><ul><li>Google Book </li></ul><ul><li> (Microsoft project) </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish Theological Seminary –digital Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Online Books – University of Pennsylvania list </li></ul><ul><li>DigitalBookIndex </li></ul><ul><li>Yizkor Books at New York Public Library </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cont. <ul><li>Yeshiva University </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew Union College </li></ul><ul><li>Varda Books </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Sacred Jewish texts at Snunit </li></ul><ul><li>Seforim online </li></ul><ul><li>Mechon Mamre </li></ul><ul><li>Project Ben Yehuda </li></ul><ul><li>and many more </li></ul>
  11. 11. Otzar Ha-Hochma <ul><li>1. Is a major library in Hebraica (22,000 titles of Hebrew books). </li></ul><ul><li>2. We get keyword searching as well as Author and title browse option </li></ul><ul><li>3. Authority work, there is a link to the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Google Books and Live Books (Microsoft project) <ul><li>1. This is a major library of books online. </li></ul><ul><li>2. There is not subject analysis or any authority work. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Google books and Live Books are virtual browsing and keyword searching. </li></ul><ul><li>4, Our readers can search within books that many time we won’t acquire. 5. Google Book will give you bibliographic Information </li></ul>
  13. 13. Netlibrary <ul><li>1. One can order a specific file of netlibrary books that will match its collection. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Searching is superb and the book can be searched and one can add note and use the book as a reference book. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Netlibrary is part of OCLC which gives it a stable technology base. </li></ul>
  14. 14. JNUL Digitized Book Collection : <ul><li>1. A project done by the Jewish national Library digitzing Judaica Treasures. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Mostly rare books. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Ability to turn pages and get a feel of the book. </li></ul><ul><li>4. This project has an historical importance. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Yizkor (Memorial Books) at New-York Public Library <ul><li>1. Specific collection in a subject matter. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Special genre of publication. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Has significant hisrotical importance </li></ul>
  16. 16. The above examples: <ul><li>Each of the above examples represents a different way of producing e-books. From the commercial aggregator to the unique digitization of national treasures. From Specific genre to the general digitization project of Google and Microsoft that may include many books in Jewish Studies. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Creating a collection of E-books in Jewish Studies : <ul><li>1. What are the guidelines for collection development of e-books within the collection development in Jewish Studies? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Do we know which titles exist in the different datasets? How many are duplicates? </li></ul><ul><li>3. What percentage of our budget should we allocate to e-books? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Cont. <ul><li>2. Integrate individual books in the library online catalog within the online catalog we should look into cataloging each book as a separate item or </li></ul><ul><li>adding a field (famous MARC 856 $$u) within the cataloging record of the print version that will link to the electronic. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Technical processing issues: <ul><li>1. Library web site – link project or dataset to the library web site. </li></ul><ul><li>In order for it to be successful, we need some kind of a federated search engine that will help retrieve titles occurs set of web sites. Or at least some kind of a-z listing ot the titles. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Currently <ul><li>We should be creative and explore: </li></ul><ul><li>1. What our expectations from e-books as far as our collection and our readers? </li></ul><ul><li>2. How our e-books collection will par with our print collection? </li></ul><ul><li>3. The change will start when the library will purchase new titles in E-format and not in print format. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Cont. <ul><li>4. Track and examine how our readership use and benefit from our e-books collection? </li></ul><ul><li>5. What is the affect on our open stacks? </li></ul>
  22. 22. In Conclusion <ul><li>In away we are looking for clues not from the publisher end of the triangle but from the readership. </li></ul><ul><li>The more our readers rely on accessing the library from out side the library, the more they except to use virtual information, the more our collection will change from the print books to electronic books. </li></ul>
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