Your Name and Title: Donna Frederick, Metadata and cataloguing librarian

Library, School, or Organization Name: University of Saskatchewan

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Canada

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Academic and special library employees, LIS students and faculty, electronic resource vendors, library managers

Short Session Description (one line): This session outlines and discusses the intricacies of managing an eBook collection in an academic or research library 

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

The presence of eBooks in academic and research libraries has created new possibilities for learning and research.   Ebooks can also help to overcome existing and potential challenges for libraries.  While libraries and the vendors who serve them have spent decades developing practices and perfecting procedures for acquiring and managing their print collections, eBooks have presented a whole new set of challenges. 

This session will use a real-life example of a small special library to demonstrate the complexities of eBook acquisitions and management.  The example will help to illustrate that the library community and society in general sometimes hold a view of the "ease" of managing eBooks which has been shaped by many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings.  This will be followed a general discussion of the current reality of ebook management in academic and research libraries.

The concluding section will include some suggestions on how activities which are already undertaken by libraries such as consortia purchasing, evidence based library and information practice, and the use of KBART metadata for eBooks could improve the overall effectiveness of eBook management for all academic and research libraries.

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