Congrats to two fellow Ohioans (Cathy Anson and Ruth Connell) on the publication of an ARL Spec Kit – “E-book Collections“ Their research discusses the practice of ebook selection, acquisition, and marketing in major academic libraries, based on survey responses. According to Cathy Anson from John Carroll University, “Our findings present a behind-the-scenes look at the difficulties experienced by ebook librarians in an academic library. The ebook process doesn’t work like the model for print books or for electronic journals and requires libraries to create new interdepartmental work flows. Publishers, vendors, and aggregators offer a variety of complex licensing agreements for ebooks which must be carefully reviewed and negotiated. The most useful method of creating a new model of selection and acquisition is through the use of task forces.”
The press release and the executive summary for “E-book Collections” published by the Association of Research Libraries is available at http://www.arl.org/news/pr/spec313.shtml .