SPEC Kit 313: E-book Collections · 53
of products for librarians.
Webinars or on-site training for e-book platforms, demos of reader functionality.
Please enter any additional comments about educating librarians/library staff about e-books. N=8
Enthusiasm for e-books varies widely among librarians here. There is a lot of uncertainty about their necessity,
functionality, content ownership, etc.
Library committee work on science e-books in 2008/2009.
More training and additional online materials are being developed. For the latter, time is being devoted to creating a
librarian portal that may include relevant policies, procedures, training materials, checklists, etc.
Some librarians, especially those in branches, fear that e-books will mean that users will no longer have a reason to
visit their branch libraries.
Subject specialists need to be involved the old theory of having specialists look only at monographs in print just
doesn’t work they cannot have the option of not being educated about e-books. That’s tough politically.
Varies by unit library: Informal review with staff on an as-needed basis. Staff are alerted to useful new e-book titles.
We also host a Vendor Fair each October. While it focuses primarily on science and engineering content and
providers, companies that visited last year included Books24x7 this event is primarily for patrons, but librarians are
also welcome to attend.
We plan to speak with users within 3 to 6 months to get their feedback and plan renewals and future purchases
Equipment for Reading e-Books
21. Which of the following types of equipment can be used to read the e-books in your collections?
Check all that apply. N=70
Computer (laptop, desktop, or tablet) 70 100%
PDA 17 24%
Mobile phone 14 20%
Proprietary e-book reader (e.g., Kindle) 12 17%
MP3 player 3 4%
Other 8 11%
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