Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
With the recent explosion in the popularity of eReading devices, many librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate these devices into their services and collection. In two 90-minute sessions on Thursdays, February 14th and 21st, 2013, Sue Polanka will provide practical guidance on how to begin purchasing eBooks for your library to lend electronically and how to purchase eReader devices for patron use. The first session will provide a basic primer on acquiring eBooks, while the second will provide an overview of the issues surrounding library lending of eBook readers.
Topics covered will include:
Session 1: Purchasing E-Books for Your Library
- Selecting content
- Evaluating vendor offerings and interfaces (publishers and aggregators)
- Choosing the most cost effective business models
- Monitoring the workflow
Session 2: Lending E-Book Readers in Your Library
- Examining legal issues
- Selecting devices
- Purchasing content
- Establishing policies and procedures
Sue Polanka is Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries. She has provided reference and instruction services in public, state, and academic libraries for nearly 20 years. Her passion for reference and electronic resources spawned her eBook blog, No Shelf Required, a discussion of ebooks for librarians and publishers. She is Chair of Booklist's Reference Books Bulletin (RBB) Advisory Board and maintains her column, Off The Shelf, for RBB. Sue is a frequent contributor to Booklist and presents at many state and national conferences, usually on her favorite topic - eBooks.