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Title: Ebooks and Econtent 2007


1
E-books and E-content 2007
  • Users and Usage
  • The Library Perspective
  • Chris Armstrong
  • Information Automation Limited

2
Issues The other stuff
  • The Google generation
  • The JUSTEIS Project
  • All other e-resources are understood in terms of
    the search-engine metaphor
  • e-content

e-journals e-books Databases OPACs
x
?
3
e-Books are
  • the result of integrating the familiar
    concept of a book, with features that can be
    provided within an electronic environment
    intended as an interactive document that is
    read on a computer.
  • Landoni, 2003

4
Readers

5
e-Books

Plain text
Multimedia
Reference
Desktop PC
T Y P E S
Sciences
Monograph
Issues
e-Book reader
Textbook
Literature
Free
Charged
Humanities
Discovery
Purchased
Licensed
User interface / Software
Publisher
Aggregator
Library supplier
6
Issues Management
  • Selection/Acquisition
  • Budget (e-resources vs. e-books)
  • Skills for evaluating e-books
  • Need for approvals / publisher trials
  • Passwords, timing duration, etc
  • Incorporation in library management systems
  • Cataloguing issues (MARC records)
  • Adequacy of Collection Development Policy to
    address e-book (and other e-resource) policy
    issues

7
Issues Management
  • Facilitating access
  • OPAC (link from Catalogue/ p- e- records?)
  • Web sites (ILS/department OPAC link?)
  • Easy password authentication
  • Lending / use of portable readers / loan of
    readers
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • Information Literacy / Training
  • E-Safety issues (acceptable use)

8
Issues Management
  • Evaluating use
  • Whose responsibility?
  • Publishers statistics
  • Adequacy? (Differentiate between levels of use
    i.e. by time spent on book per session
    differentiate between categories of users,
    ability to count failed accesses/turnaways
    knowledge shift)
  • Project COUNTER (www.projectcounter.org)
    compliant?
  • Library management systems (adequacy?)
  • Use of evaluation facilities of VLEs
  • Other evaluation (e.g. user citations of
    e-books)?
  • Qualitative evaluation

9
Issues Management
  • Promotion in the institution
  • Case for promotion of e-books (JUSTEIS)
  • Methods for promotion
  • Institutional
  • Library responsibilities
  • Academic staff/websites/VLEs/curriculum
  • Staff training programmes
  • Information Literacy
  • Role of publishers
  • National bodies e.g. JISC

IL programmes Orientation of new users Staff
information sessions E-book days Newsletters Dai
ly Bulletins Web, Intranet list
messages Surrogate e-books on shelves Posters and
exhibitions Bookmarks E-book champions Roadshows
Current awareness by e-mail T-shirts, etc! VLE
announcements Screensavers
10
Issues Management
  • Hardware and/or Networking
  • Intranet/LAN (security, password, bandwidth)
  • Firewalls
  • Physical security
  • Compatibility (w-stn/browser/software)
  • Workstations sufficient ergonomics
  • Printers access, devolved costs to students
  • Liaising with IT department/24hr support
  • Organisational change
  • Disenfranchised users

11
  • Chris Armstrong
  • Information Automation Limited
  • e lisqual_at_cix.co.uk
  • w http//www.i-a-l.co.uk/
  • b http//i-a-l.blogspot.com/

12
Issues Management
  • Discovering the existence of e-book titles
  • The bibliographic map
  • Publishers catalogues/Pubs advertising/web
  • Library Journals (reviews/announcements)
  • Subject gateways/lists
  • Discussion/mailing lists
  • Staff recommendations
  • Other library Web sites
  • Conferences/Exhibitions
  • Serendipity

and
13
Issues Management
  • Discovering the existence of e-book titles
  • Trade bibliographies GBIP, Nielsen Bookdata,
    Headfasts BooksoniX
  • Union Catalogues OCLC WorldCat
  • Internet bookshops and e-book suppliers
  • eBooks.com
  • The Assayer
  • Childrens eLibrary
  • Aggregators (netLibrary, Questia, EBL, Dawsons,
    Coutts)
  • National Bibliographies

14
Issues Management
  • Ways in which the discovery of titles can be
    improved
  • Need for legal deposit / national bibliography
  • Portal for bibliographical sources and services,
    single source for e-book publishers?
  • Free e-books remains a major bibliographical
    issue e.g. Two Cities, Project Gutenberg

15
Issues Management
  • Licensing
  • User groups (in library / in institution / remote
    / distance learners / professional/commercial
    users)
  • Number of concurrent users
  • Part-book access
  • Printing / e-copying / copying to laptops
  • Charging mechanisms
  • pay-per-view
  • banding (academic consortia)
  • optional bundling

16
Issues Management
  • Licensing
  • Administration of licences / legal issues
  • Consortia / National or regional licences
  • JISC Model Licence
  • Non-library licensing (e.g. Safari)
  • Licence may control archiving

17
Issues Management
  • Archiving
  • Does the licence allow archiving
  • Whose responsibility? Publisher?
  • Is there a library need?
  • If you never acquire but only licence
  • Right to use archived copy after cancellation of
    licence
  • Long-term archiving coping with
  • hardware/software/network ( obsolescence)
  • regular updates

18
Issues Management
  • Other
  • Special needs / disability access
  • Links with publishers to develop a critical mass
  • Need for national initiatives
  • Sensitise policy makers to new e-resources
  • Changes to workflow / impact on services
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