Building and Managing E-book Collections
A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians
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Offering multiple perspectives from electronic resource professionals at world-renowned libraries this book provides a comprehensive and well-rounded e-book education.
Beginning with a short history of e-books and a review of the e-book publishing industry and its effect on library's selection and budget process, this new text provides a thorough treatment of collection development issues, including the selection process and development policies, the use of approval plans, patron-driven acquisition, and practical solutions for creating your e-book collection policies.
Chapters on budgeting and licensing covers ownership versus leasing models, the differences in licensing options from the major publishers and aggregators including information on digital rights management, and strategies for success in retention, access, and budgeting.
This practical and realistic book covers all aspects of this complex area including:
e-book purchasing models
file formats and publisher/aggregator e-book platforms
an examination of display devices (e-readers)
best practices in cataloguing e-books to include metadata
insight on incorporating value added features such as adding excerpts from the text, book covers, and links to related resources
guidance on library web page and online catalogue access
assessment and evaluation strategies, circulation statistics, print collection selection and usage, and user satisfaction.
You'll also gain valuable insight into the e-book's impact on the publishing industry, scholarly communication, and its integration into future technologies and social media. Six practical case studies offer real world scenarios and helpful tips for implementation in a variety of settings.
Readership: This book is a ready reference source for any library and information professional with an interest in e-books and their development. It is essential background reading for library managers wishing to develop an e-book collection from scratch or for those responsible for maintaining an existing e-book collection. It will also have plenty to interest publishers, who need to be aware of the issues faced by libraries managing e-book collections, and will be of great value to students of librarianship and information studies, and those on publishing related courses.
Table of Contents
PART I: E-BOOKS IN CONTEXT 1. The electronic book - beginnings to the present - Fern M. Cheek and Lynda J. Hartel Introduction The Transition to E-Books Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Books Historical Perspective Current Variations of E-Book Readers E-Books in Today’s Libraries Public Libraries K–12 Libraries Higher Education Questions Abound—Forward to the Future Conclusion References 2. E-book publishing - a view from the industry - Meg White Introduction Solid to Liquid Core Competency and Required Skill Sets Evolving Customer Needs Publishing in Transition Economic Drivers Technology Drivers Customers Intimacy Issues Shift from Individual to Institutional Is Free Good Enough? Supply Chain The Myth of Disintermediation Increased Complexity E-Books and the Magic Bullet Great Expectations Apples and Oranges What’s Happening Now: Products and Strategies The Nature of Change References 3. E-book publishing - the view from the library - Nadia J. Lalla Introduction Some Background Information Purchase versus Subscription E-Book Models Cost Considerations Collection Sustainability: Perpetual Access versus Nonperpetual Access E-Book Models Multiple Formats of the Same Content Impact on Collection Sustainability The “Big Deal” E-Book Package Model Cost Considerations Impact on Collection Sustainability The Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) E-Book Model Trend: Digital Rights Management (DRM) Trend: E-Textbooks The Future of E-Book Publishing and Libraries: Economic Realities + Emerging Technologies + Cultural Shift References PART II: E-BOOKS IN DETAIL 4. E-books in public libraries - Rebecca Felkner Introduction Start Your E-Book Collection Gauge Your Patrons’ Needs Choose Formats Select Lending Methods Select the Genres Staff Functions Electronic Resource Management Collection Development Technical Services Publicity Staff Training Patron Training Set Policies Determine Who Makes the Policies Set E-Book Circulation Policies Set E-Reader Circulation Policies Budget/Allocate Funds Building and Managing E-Book Collections Start-Up Costs Ongoing Costs Shared Costs: Join an E-Book Cooperative Best Practices Get Staff Buy-In Keep Current with E-Book Technologies Share Information with Colleagues in Nearby and/or Similar Libraries Review New Products from Vendors Assess Your E-Collection’s Performance Conclusion References 5. Selecting e-books - Joanne Doucette and Amy Lewontin Introduction: Collecting E-Books Defining the Collection The Nature of E-Books Subject Coverage Scope and Currency Minimizing Duplication Audience Collection Development Policy Selection Process Establishing Selectors Choosing E-Books Selecting and Deselecting with the Help of Usage Statistics Understanding E-Book Purchasing Models Exploring Perpetual Access and Ownership versus Annual Subscription Protecting Your Purchases Selecting the Appropriate User Access Model Exploring the Swapping Model Exploring the Patron-Driven Acquisition Model Exploring the Pay-Per-View Model E-Book File Formats, Platforms, and Display Devices E-Book Formats E-Book Platforms E-Book Display Devices Budgetary and Licensing Concerns Cost Considerations That Impact Selection Licensing Issues That Impact Selection Conclusion References 6. Licensing of e-books - Becky Albitz and David Brennan Introduction Licensing E-Books Platform Decisions Title-by-Title Access on Third-Party Platforms Licensing Directly with a Publisher Subscription Packages Licensing and Permitted Uses Interlibrary Lending Course Reserves and Course Packs Preservation and Ongoing Access Conclusion References 7. Budgeting for e-books - Becky Albitz and David Brennan Introduction Purchasing Models E-Book Business Models Cost of Concurrent Users Print/Electronic Duplication Budgeting for Patron-Driven Acquisitions Finding the Money Conclusion References 8. Cataloging, locating, and accessing e-books - Betsy Eggleston Introduction To Catalog or Not to Catalog Factors Involving Acquisitions Records Factors Involving Circulation Records Factors Associated with Integrated Searching Evaluating Resources Needed for Cataloging Making E-Books Available to Users Dealing with License Restrictions Using Proxy Servers Managing URLs Records for E-Books in the Library Catalog Single versus Multiple Records for Electronic Version and Print Version Collection-Level Records Record Sets from Vendors Provider-Neutral Records MARC Standards for Cataloging E-Books Considerations for Batch Loading Providing Added Value Conclusion References 9. Assessment and evaluation of e-book collections - Karen S. Grigg Introduction Building and Managing E-Book Collections Methods of Assessment Usage Data Overlap Analysis Survey Instruments Benchmarking Focus Groups Balanced Scorecard Method Other Factors That Present Challenges in Making and Assessing Purchasing Decisions Lack of Impact Factors Issues with E-Book Readers Availability from Multiple Vendors Future Trends Conclusion References PART III: E-BOOKS IN PRACTICE Example 1. E-books in a high school library - Cushing Academy - Tom Corbett Introduction The Secondary School Library’s Two Main Roles: Support for Research and Reading E-Books Serving the Library’s Research Role E-Books Serving the Library’s Reading Role Conclusion References Example 2. Marketing e-books in a public library - Half Hollow Hills Community Library - Ellen Druda E-Books and the Public Library—Read, Pray, Love E-Book Demand Is Growing Reader Types in a Public Library Book Discussion Groups—P but Not E Encouraging the Use of E-Books Marketing E-Books E-Books into the Book Discussion Program Book Discussion Summit Publicity, Publicity, Publicity Conclusion Example 3. Circulating e-book readers - Texas A&M University at Qatar - Carole Thompson Introduction The Readers The iLiad The Kindle The Sony Reader Implementation Content Work Flow Conclusion Example 4. Changing library staffing models to manage e-collections - George Washington University - Kathe S. Obrig Introduction Changing Collection Formats—Changing Staffing Needs Staff Reorganization—New Skills Required Managing Electronic Resources Managing Print Resources Resulting Organizational Changes Successful Implementation Example 5. E-book access management using an ERM system - Oregon Health & Science University - Kristina DeShazo Introduction E-Resources at OHSU ERM—Development and Implementation ERM—From E-Journal Management to E-Book Management Staffing Changes Needed to Maintain an ERM System ERM—Moving Forward Example 6. Accessing and circulating e-Books with e-readers - Lesley University - Marilyn Geller and Linda Roscoe Background E-Reader Selection Selecting Content Access Decisions E-Reader Lending Research—Advice from Other Libraries Procedures for Checking in E-Readers Introducing E-Readers to Library Staff Marketing Lessons Learned Conclusion