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Friday, November 6 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
50 Shades of eBooks

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Institutionally licensed eBooks have not quite lived up to users’ needs and libraries’ expectations. Patrons accustomed to the ease of accessing eBooks purchased via commercial sites such as Amazon and Google Play are sometimes thrown for a loop when they encounter eBooks via the library’s site and the myriad restrictions that seem designed to turn users away. Libraries struggle with managing the complexities of eBook licensing and access, and staying on top of the differences between vendor platforms. Add to that the rapidly changing landscape of the ebook business landscape (rocketing STL prices, conflicting access models for ebooks on the same platform, the list can go on), and it’s a wonder libraries manage to keep up in spite of limited staff and lean budgets. EKU Libraries has developed some coping strategies and some ideas on what needs to be done to make eBooks more user-friendly.
Objective: share EKU Libraries' strategies for managing eBooks and helping patrons effectively utilize institutionally licensed eBooks for their research needs
Audience: Q&A from audience strongly encouraged; audience members encouraged to share their own strategies.

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Laura Edwards

Associate Director - Discovery and Metadata, Eastern Kentucky University Libraries
Laura Edwards is Associate Director of Discovery and Metadata at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, where she leads efforts to optimize metadata and discovery in the Libraries’ web presence including library management systems, link resolvers, the EKU Encompass digital repository... Read More →
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Victoria Koger

Collection Management Librarian, Eastern Kentucky University Libraries
Victoria is an Associate Librarian in Collection Management and Leader of the Collections and Acquisitions team at Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her MLIS from Florida State University in 1997 and has a background in reference and instruction at academic institutions. Weeding... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 2:25pm - 3:10pm EST
Cypress Ballroom South, Courtyard Marriott