EIFL webinar: E-books - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

An overview of key issues that librarians and consortium managers need to consider when thinking of the adopting of e-books

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ABOUT THE RESOURCE

TYPE:
Webinar
PRESENTER:
Arnold Hirshon
DATE:
September 2012
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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Arnold Hirshon is an Associate Provost & University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, USA. He is also a member of EIFL's Management Board. 

The presentation provides an overview of the key issues that librarians and consortium managers need to consider when thinking of e-books. It explores the current e-book marketplace, centering around four key topic areas:

  • E-book platforms (types of devices, publication formats and standards, operating systems, and infrastructure)
  • Content (focusing primarily on purchased scholarly e-books, with some discussion of trade and other e-book publications, including a discussion of language of content, usage statistics and preservation issues)
  • Purchasing (including purchase options such as commercial and university press aggregators, title-by-title purchase, demand-driven acquisitions, licenses and ownership, and annual subscriptions), and
  • Policies and practices (such as e-book and device lending and reserves)
  • Slides in PDF format