E-Books and E-Textbooks: Are Universities Ready for Them?
On April 21, 2011 the CLA Academic Interest Group conducted a one hour webinar on e-books in libraries and e-textbooks used as university course materials.
Speaker Martha Hruska, Associate University Librarian for Collection Services at UC San Diego, described the concerns that libraries are experiencing with e-book licensing and access solutions. She described the need to support library values in negotiations with vendors (i.e. importance of being able to share materials (ILL), preservation and permanence of materials in library collections, importance of standards, and more). She discussed patron demand driven acquisition of e-books and how it is working at UC San Diego.
Jason Lorgan, Book Department Manager, UC Davis, discussed the UC Davis Digital Textbook program, students’ tepid interest in purchasing e-textbooks, and their issues with them. The faculty’s expectations for e-textbooks were much higher while the textbook industry’s expectations for e-textbooks have yet to materialize. This is a time of transitions for e-books/ e-textbooks and for libraries and publishers as they develop new guidelines for these products.
What attendees are saying about this session:
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