E-Book Management for Academic Libraries
Instructor: Erin Crane
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
This course provides guidance on all aspects of managing e-books in an academic library. Participants will learn about the different methods of e-book acquisition, including perpetual purchase, subscription, and patron-driven (or demand-driven) acquisition. The course will also cover how to decide what method(s) to choose for e-book discovery, including the library catalog or discovery service such as Summon, and how to assist users once they have discovered the e-books. Participants will learn about the workflow considerations that are unique to e-books and understand how to make informed decisions at each point.
After taking this course, participants will be able to:
- Evaluate e-book acquisition options and determine the best method for his/her library context
- Identify and negotiate the licensing terms which are unique to e-book acquisitions, such as perpetual access and interlibrary loan
- Determine the best avenue for providing e-book discovery
- Assess e-book acquisitions using usage statistics such as COUNTER reports and other data as available
- Create a plan to provide training (workshops, tutorials, etc.) to staff and users in the use of library e-books
This course can be taken as one of eight courses needed to earn our Certificate in Cataloging and Technical Services, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Erin Crane is the E-Resources and Instruction Librarian at Germanna Community College. In the past, she was the E-books Librarian for a large, primarily online university for 5 years. Her primary responsibilities included acquiring e-books, managing the demand-driven acquisition program and budget, negotiating licenses, and gathering and assessing usage statistics. In her new position she handles the management of e-resources of all types. She received her master degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her research interests include the contribution of e-resources to library value, the effectiveness of demand-driven acquisitions, and copyright and scholarly communication.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.