ALA TechSource webinar series – Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library

ALA TechSource has just opened registration for the upcoming webinar series on e-books and e-readers.  I hope you can join us.

Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
with Sue Polanka

Two 90-minute sessions
Thursdays 8/4/11 and 8/11/11
2:30 — 4:00 PM EDT | 1:30 — 3:00 PM CDT
12:30 — 2:00 PM MDT | 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM PDT

With the exploding popularity of e-books and e-reading devices, librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate them into their services and collections. Sue Polanka is back by popular demand to present this two-session ALA TechSource workshop on how to go about it. With her practical guidance you will learn how to begin purchasing and lending e-books for your library, and how to purchase e-reading devices for patron use.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

Session 1: Purchasing E-books for Your Library

  • Current trends with e-book ownership and lending, including the impact of the Harper-Collins lending limits, the new Amazon Kindle/OverDrive lending partnership, and vendor licensing
  • Comparing vendor offerings and interfaces (publishers and aggregators)
  • Choosing business models, including subscription, one-book checkout, and patron-driven acquisition
  • The challenges of archiving and accessibility
Session 2: Lending E-book Readers in Your Library
  • Examples of the more than 50 e-reading device options: dedicated e-readers, tablets, apps, and screen e-readers
  • Practical tips for lending devices
  • Navigating file formats, digital rights management, and compatibility
  • Sources for free and public domain e-books for easy loading onto e-readers
Sue Polanka is the moderator of No Shelf Required, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers, which won the 2010 Salem Press Library Blog Award for Best Academic Blog. She 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.