The State of eBooks in Libraries

Tuesday, 8/15/2017 - Wednesday, 8/16/2017
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)
Libraries have been handling eBooks for quite some time now, but while libraries have time-tested workflows for online serials, eBooks present complexities that may require new workflows. The online format provides many opportunities for libraries but also many challenges.
Join us for an engaging and informative discussion on these opportunities and challenges. This Forum will discuss the following topics:
  • Collection development and acquisitions models
  • Technical Services workflows
  • eBook licensing and metadata
  • Faculty outreach and user instruction and support
  • Usage and assessment

This e-Forum was presented on August 15-16, 2017. For a complete summary of this session, view The State of e-Books in Libraries: e-Forum Summary.

Learning Outcomes

This forum will serve as a discussion on current challenges facing libraries that purchase and provide access to eBooks as part of their collection development. Attendees will develop an understanding of how to manage eBooks including aspects involving collection development, technical services workflows, and end user instruction and support.

Who Should Attend

Librarians and library staff who are responsible for selecting, acquiring, cataloging, providing access to, or supporting the use of eBooks in their library.


Mariah Harvey is the Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She manages electronic resources, acquisitions, and serials for the UMKC Libraries. She previously worked as the Electronic Resources, Resource Sharing and Copyright Librarian at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Buddy Pennington is the Director of Information Technology and Strategy at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He previously worked as the Director of Collections and Access Management and as the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. 




How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online.

Once you have registered for one e-Forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for unsubscribing.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection with email address. You can manage your subscription to this list following the online instructions.




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