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Friday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
How Do We Report and Manage eBooks in Academic Libraries?

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Many libraries include eBooks in their catalog and book holdings, and report those holdings on “about the library” pages and to reporting agencies such as ACRL. Is it reasonable to report eBooks in the same way as physical holdings that libraries own and librarians can point to on a shelf? Yes, because users have access to them? Or no, because that access may be ephemeral (we are thinking particularly of large leased collections or PDA/DDA collection). Does reporting eBook collections artificially inflate library holdings? Should we differentiate “owned” eBooks, “leased” eBook collections and print books on holdings reports?

Publishers can add or withdraw titles from collections without notice, with no input from individual library subject selectors. What does that mean in term of permanent access and relevance to college curricula? What about uniqueness of library collections? How can vendors assist librarians in their selection and ordering process to reduce duplicate purchasing of content already owned or available via subscriptions or PDA/DDA. What about eBooks available to patrons via a consortium arrangement? How do we “weed” eBooks?

Finally, how students view the book chapters online? Do they treat these as journals or are they aware that these are coming from books.

We will share ideas from a librarian and vendor perspectives – but what are your thoughts? How do you handle and report eBooks and eBook records?


Sulekha Kalyan

Head of Acquisitions / Associate Professor, Seton Hall University
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Lisa Rose-Wiles

Science Librarian/Associate Professor, Seton Hall University Libraries
Lisa Rose-Wiles is the Science Librarian at Seton Hall University Libraries in South Orange, New Jersey.  She holds an MLS from Rutgers University and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to moving into the library field, Lisa conducted... Read More →
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Steve Sutton

Regional Sales Manager/New York, Subscription Services Division & GOBI Library Solutions, EBSCO Information Services
Steve has over thirty years’ experience working with academic libraries helping to create cost effective strategies for selecting, ordering, receiving, and cataloging print and digital content. He has worked closely with collection development staff in over one hundred libraries... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott