For immediate release | August 20, 2012

Building and managing e-book collections

CHICAGO — Beginning with a short history of e-books and a review of the e-book publishing industry, “Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, 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 e-book collection policies. Editor Richard Kaplan and his contributors address such topics as budgeting, licensing, cataloging and selection and technical and access services, including:

  • E-book purchasing models;
  • File formats and publisher/aggregator e-book platforms;
  • An examination of display devices (e-readers);
  • Best practices in cataloging 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 catalog access and marketing e-book collections through social media;
  • Assessment and evaluation strategies through circulation statistics, print collection selection and usage and user satisfaction;
  • Case studies from a variety of school, public and academic libraries.

Kaplan is the dean of library and learning resources at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has overseen the conversion of the college library and two branch campus libraries into a predominantly electronic collection. He has more than 30 years' experience, also working in libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Buffalo (SUNY). He has been published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Medical Reference Services Quarterly and the Journal of Library Administration.

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"Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians"

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