Stretching Your Library’s E-Books Budget

On-DemandMultiple

PLA On-Demand Webinars logoWhat is the most effective way to spend your e-book budget? Should you focus on popular items or create a comprehensive collection? Should you join a consortium to increase your library’s buying power? How do you find one? Can you start one in your area?

Join Kathy Petlewski, electronic resources librarian at the Plymouth District (Mich.) Library, to get answers to these questions and more. Kathy shares ideas and tips for you to consider when making decisions about how to spend your library's e-book budget. You’ll gain insights on how to spend your budget effectively, where to find free or less expensive e-books, and hear about the pros and cons of starting or joining a consortium.

This archived webinar was originally presented April 24, 2012, as part of "Public Librarian’s Guide to E-Books: A PLA Webinar Series."

Running time: 58 minutes

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Learn ideas and tips to consider when making decisions about how to spend your library's e-book budget.
  • Learn where to find free or less expensive e-books
  • Hear a detailed discussion about the pros and cons of starting or joining a consortium

Who Should Attend

Librarians from small to midsize libraries who are interested in learning tips for using the library’s e-book budget more effectively and for those seeking less expensive options for obtaining e-books.

Instructor

Kathy Petlewski is the electronic resources librarian at the Plymouth District (Mich.) Library where she has worked for more than twenty-five years. Kathy also conducts training classes on "E-Reader Patron Support for Library Staff" for the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. She currently serves as the chairperson for the Michigan Digital Libraries Consortium, a group of twenty-five libraries located across Michigan sharing a collection of e-books and e-audio books through Overdrive. Her blog, “Thoughts from a Well-Rounded Librarian” (http://kpetlewski.wordpress.com), chronicles her experiences and musings on the world of libraries and e-books.

Registration

Cost

This on-demand webinar is available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. You'll have access to this on-demand webinar for one year from date of purchase.

Individual

  • $28 each (less 10% discount for ALA/PLA members)

Group

  • $119 each (less 10% discount for ALA/PLA members)

If access to this on-demand webinar will be shared with multiple people—viewing either on an individual basis or gathered together in a single location—then the group rate applies.

This on-demand webinar is intended for the sole use of the purchaser, whether an individual or group. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Register

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If access to this on-demand webinar will be shared with multiple people—viewing either on an individual basis or gathered together in a single location—then the group rate applies.

The purchase of this on-demand webinar will include instructions and a password to access the archived recording of the webinar. You'll have access to the on-demand webinar for one year from date of purchase.

This on-demand webinar is intended for the sole use of the purchaser, whether an individual or group. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

Tech Requirements

To playback this on-demand webinar you should have the newest version of Adobe Flash Player installed and Javascript enabled in your web browser. A fast Internet connection and computer is recommended.

We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the webinar recording. Groups will also want to have speakers capable of amplifying the webinar audio for the entire room.

Credits

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.

Contact

If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to plawebinars@ala.org, or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA.