ALA Session – Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries, and End-Users

You are cordially invited to the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group ALCTS/LITA meeting at ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

  • Program: Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries and End-Users
  • Date: Friday, June 25th, 2010
  • Time:  4:00pm—5:15pm
  • Location: Hilton Washington-Fairchild Room
  • Speakers: Aaron Wood, Director of Software Product Management, Alexander Street Press. Former Metadata Librarian and Assistant Head of Technical Services at the University of Calgary and  Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries

Aaron’s presentation summary and bio:
To provide as much immediate online access as possible, and to overcome increasing constraints in physical space, libraries have dramatically increased their acquisition of ebooks and ebook packages. However, the sheer number of titles involved has made providing digital access to and discovery of ebooks through traditional methods extremely challenging.
At the same time, cataloging and technical services departments are increasingly constrained by shrinking budgets and fewer staff.  This session will review the approach taken by the University of Calgary to manage ebook discovery and access. The results of a broad survey of discovery and access management techniques in academic libraries across Canada and the United States will also be reported. The results of this survey will be discussed in terms of how the discovery and access challenges of today can be met and how the future landscape may be formed to better meet users’ needs.  Underlying all discussion is the growing need for libraries to work with vendors to align library discovery and access systems with external knowledge bases and services in order to maximize ebook, and other electronic resource, use with a minimum of effort. By thinking about and implementing multiple methods of discovery and access, including those outside of traditional catalog search, libraries can better position themselves to meet the current and future needs of library users

Formerly, Aaron Wood was a cataloging specialist and web applications designer for Canadian federal government agencies. Until very recently, he was Metadata Librarian and assistant Head of Technical Services at the University of Calgary, a position which allowed him to have his hands in almost every aspect of technical and information technology services, from EDI setup and catalog management to unified discovery platforms and OAI metadata harvesting.  And now he has taken up a position with Alexander Street Press as Director of Software Product Management, a position which will see him championing the user perspective for discovery projects (openURL, federated search, library discovery
services, Google, product-to-product linking between vendor systems) and overall search functionality and leading developments in these areas.

Sue’s presentation summary and bio:
eBooks have come to the marketplace in full swing and brought with them many challenges for publishers, libraries and end users.  During this session, several of these challenges will be discussed and debated including, eBook formats, access to and use of eBook content, eBook readers, digital textbooks, and future directions for eBooks.

Sue Polanka is the moderator of No Shelf Required, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers.  NSR received 1st place, academic blog category in the Salem Press Library Blog Awards, 2010.  Sue has been a reference and instruction librarian for 20 years at public, state, and academic libraries in Ohio and Texas and is currently the Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio.  She has served on Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin Advisory Board for 10 years, serving as Chair from 2007- 2010 and writes a column for RBB, Off The Shelf, discussing electronic reference issues. Her first book, No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, will be published in summer 2010.

Ronna A Davis
Ronna Archbold Davis, M.Ed.  Sales Manager – North America
Co-Chair Electronic Resources Management Interest Group

Chan Li, Data Analyst, California Digital Library
Co-Chair Electronic Resources Management Interest Group