For immediate release | December 14, 2010

New ALA TechSource workshop: Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library


CHICAGO—ALA TechSource announces the latest in its series of Online Workshops--Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library with Sue Polanka.

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 Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 2011, 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 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 e-book blog, No Shelf Required, a discussion of e-books 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 - e-books.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop at 4 - 5:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 2011 can be purchased at the ALA Store. To learn more, please refer to the ALA TechSource Workshops Frequently Asked Questions.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

ALA TechSource is a publishing imprint of the American Library Association. ALA TechSource publishes Library Technology Reports and the ALA TechSource Blog.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.


Dan Freeman