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Beginning with a short history of e-books and a review of the e-book publishing industry and its effect on the library's selection and budget process, this how-to 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 your e-book collection policies. Chapters on budgeting and licensing cover ownership versus leasing models, the differences in licensing options from the major publishers and aggregators including information on digital rights management, and strategies for success in retention, access, and budgeting. The cataloging and selection chapters are the largest in the book. The "selecting e-books" chapter discusses

  • E-book purchasing models
  • File formats and publisher/aggregator e-book platforms
  • Differences and similarities between various display devices (e-readers)

The technical and access services section includes

  • 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
  • Assessment and evaluation strategies through circulation statistics, print collection selection and usage, and user satisfaction

You'll also gain valuable insight on the e-book's impact on the publishing industry, scholarly communication, and its integration into future technologies and social media. Offering multiple perspectives from electronic resource professionals at world-renowned libraries such as Harvard, the University of Michigan, Duke, and Northeastern, this book provides a comprehensive and well-rounded e-book education. Success stories highlight each chapter's lessons, giving you real-world examples of effective e-book implementation in both school and public libraries. 

Preface Acknowledgments
Part I: E-Books in Context
Chapter 1. The Electronic Book—Beginnings to the PresentFern M. Cheek and Lynda J. Hartel

IntroductionThe Transition to E-BooksAdvantages and Disadvantages of E-BooksHistorical Perspective Current Variations of E-Book Readers E-Books in Today's Libraries 
Public Libraries 

K–12 Libraries 

Higher Education 

Questions Abound—Forward to the Future Conclusion References 

Chapter 2. E-Book Publishing—A View from the IndustryMeg White

Introduction Solid to Liquid 
Core Competency and Required Skill Sets 

Evolving Customer Needs 

Publishing in Transition 

Economic Drivers 

Technology Drivers 


Intimacy Issues 

Shift from Individual to Institutional 

Is Free Good Enough? 

Supply Chain 

The Myth of Disintermediation 

Increased Complexity 

E-Books and the Magic Bullet 

Great Expectations 

Apples and Oranges 

What's Happening Now: Products and Strategies The Nature of Change References 

Chapter 3. E-Book Publishing—The View from the Library Nadia J. LallaIntroduction Some Background Information Purchase versus Subscription E-Book Models 

Cost Considerations Collection Sustainability: Perpetual Access versus Nonperpetual Access E-Book Models Multiple Formats of the Same Content Impact on Collection Sustainability 

The "Big Deal" E-Book Package Model 

Cost Considerations Impact on Collection Sustainability 

The Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) E-Book Model Trend: Digital Rights Management (DRM) Trend: E-Textbooks The Future of E-Book Publishing and Libraries: Economic Realities + Emerging Technologies + Cultural ShiftReferences 
Part II: E-Books in Detail
Chapter 4. E-Books in Public Libraries Rebecca Felkner

Introduction Start Your E-Book Collection 
Gauge Your Patrons' Needs 

Choose Formats 

Select Lending Methods 

Select the Genres 

Staff Functions 

Electronic Resource Management 

Collection Development 

Technical Services 


Staff Training 

Patron Training 

Set Policies 

Determine Who Makes the Policies 

Set E-Book Circulation Policies 

Set E-Reader Circulation Policies 

Budget/Allocate Funds Building and Managing E-Book Collections

Start-Up Costs 

Ongoing Costs 

Shared Costs: Join an E-Book Cooperative 

Best Practices 

Get Staff Buy-In

Keep Current with E-Book Technologies 

Share Information with Colleagues in Nearby and/or Similar Libraries

Review New Products from Vendors 

Assess Your E-Collection's Performance 

Conclusion References 

Chapter 5. Selecting E-Books Joanne Doucette and Amy Lewontin

Introduction: Collecting E-Books Defining the Collection 
The Nature of E-Books 

Subject Coverage 

Scope and Currency 

Minimizing Duplication 


Collection Development Policy 

Selection Process 

Establishing Selectors 

Choosing E-Books 

Selecting and Deselecting with the Help of Usage Statistics 

Understanding E-Book Purchasing Models 

Exploring Perpetual Access and Ownership versus Annual Subscription 

Protecting Your Purchases 

Selecting the Appropriate User Access Model 

Exploring the Swapping Model 

Exploring the Patron-Driven Acquisition Model 

Exploring the Pay-Per-View Model 

E-Book File Formats, Platforms, and Display Devices 

E-Book Formats 

E-Book Platforms 

E-Book Display Devices 

Budgetary and Licensing Concerns 

Cost Considerations That Impact Selection 

Licensing Issues That Impact Selection 

Conclusion References 

Chapter 6. Licensing of E-Books Becky Albitz and David Brennan

Introduction Licensing E-Books Platform Decisions 
Title-by-Title Access on Third-Party Platforms 

Licensing Directly with a Publisher 

Subscription Packages 

Licensing and Permitted Uses 

Interlibrary Lending 

Course Reserves and Course Packs 

Preservation and Ongoing Access Conclusion References 

Chapter 7. Budgeting for E-Books Becky Albitz and David Brennan

Introduction Purchasing Models 
E-Book Business Models 

Cost of Concurrent Users 

Print/Electronic Duplication 

Budgeting for Patron-Driven Acquisitions 

Finding the Money Conclusion References 

Chapter 8. Cataloging, Locating, and Accessing E-Books Betsy Eggleston

Introduction To Catalog or Not to Catalog 
Factors Involving Acquisitions Records 

Factors Involving Circulation Records 

Factors Associated with Integrated Searching 

Evaluating Resources Needed for Cataloging 

Making E-Books Available to Users 

Dealing with License Restrictions 

Using Proxy Servers 

Managing URLs 

Records for E-Books in the Library Catalog 

Single versus Multiple Records for Electronic Version and Print Version 

Collection-Level Records 

Record Sets from Vendors 

Provider-Neutral Records 

MARC Standards for Cataloging E-Books 

Considerations for Batch Loading 

Providing Added Value 

Conclusion References 

Chapter 9. Assessment and Evaluation of E-Book Collections Karen S. Grigg

Introduction Building and Managing E-Book CollectionsMethods of Assessment 
Usage Data 

Overlap Analysis 

Survey Instruments 


Focus Groups 

Balanced Scorecard Method 

Other Factors That Present Challenges in Making and Assessing Purchasing Decisions 

Lack of Impact Factors 

Issues with E-Book Readers 

Availability from Multiple Vendors 

Future Trends Conclusion References  

Part III: E-Books in Practice
Example 1. E-Books in a High School Library—Cushing AcademyTom Corbett

Introduction The Secondary School Library's Two Main Roles: Support for Research and Reading 
E-Books Serving the Library's Research Role 

E-Books Serving the Library's Reading Role 

Conclusion References 

Example 2. Marketing E-Books in a Public Library—Half Hollow Hills Community Library Ellen Druda

E-Books and the Public Library—Read, Pray, Love E-Book Demand Is Growing Reader Types in a Public Library Book Discussion Groups—P but Not E Encouraging the Use of E-Books Marketing E-Books 
E-Books into the Book Discussion Program 

Book Discussion Summit 

Publicity, Publicity, Publicity 


Example 3. Circulating E-Book Readers—Texas AandM University at QatarCarole Thompson

Introduction The Readers 
The iLiad 

The Kindle 

The Sony Reader 



Work Flow 


Example 4. Changing Library Staffing Models to Manage E-Collections—George Washington University Kathe S. Obrig

Introduction Changing Collection Formats—Changing Staffing Needs 
Staff Reorganization—New Skills Required 

Managing Electronic Resources 

Managing Print Resources 

Resulting Organizational Changes Successful Implementation Conclusion 

Example 5. E-Book Access Management Using an ERM System—Oregon Health and Science UniversityKristina DeShazo

Introduction E-Resources at OHSU ERM—Development and Implementation 
ERM—From E-Journal Management to E-Book Management 

Staffing Changes Needed to Maintain an ERM System 

ERM—Moving Forward 


Example 6. Accessing and Circulating E-Books with E-Readers—Lesley UniversityMarilyn Geller and Linda Roscoe

Background E-Reader Selection Selecting Content Access Decisions E-Reader Lending Research—Advice from Other Libraries Procedures for Checking in E-Readers Introducing E-Readers to Library Staff Marketing Lessons Learned Conclusion 

References About the Editor and Contributors Index

Richard Kaplan

Richard 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 over 30 years' experience, also working in libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Buffalo (SUNY). He has an MLS from the University of Albany (SUNY) and has published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, and the Journal of Library Administration.

"This title features a wealth of useful information ... the concepts and issues covered are applicable to all libraries. This book provides a solid snapshot of the current best practices in the world of e-book collecting."

"Every librarian and library dealing with e-books should have a copy of this work, as it is a one-stop guide to most issues concerning e-books. It is not just the content but also the language and practical examples that make this book especially valuable."
--Australian Library Journal