Colleagues from the University of California, Irvine Libraries have shared with me their chart (PDA Vendor Chart) for evaluating the patron driven offerings from e-book aggregators. Please have a look and use if you can. If you have any questions about the chart please contact Tony Lin at the UCI Libraries.
Charleston Conference – eBooks, Not just another binding preconference
Session 2 – eBooks and Libraries: Workflow & Cataloging Issues
Implementing ebooks in a traditional print environment presents different challenges and opportunities. Cataloging, workflow integration, content discovery, vendors and licensing agreements, budgeting, and patron driven acquisition issues will be discussed along with practical advice from librarians.
Supplier-provided MARC records-with-purchase have become the norm for aggregated ebooks as libraries cope with large title sets and limited resources. While this appears to be an extension of the general trend toward shelfready new purchases and outsourced cataloging, the ebook model is not a parallel to the print paradigm. Deb Silverman will discuss some of the issues that both libraries and vendors face as they try to integrate ebook records from vendors into their locally curated catalogs, and how the cataloging community is addressing some of these issues to insure that the catalog functions as an integrated effective discovery tool.
Deb Silverman, Manager of Technical Services, Coutts Information Systems presentation
If you are headed to Charleston next week and have Wednesday free, please consider attending the preconference. The full program is listed here. Summaries/highlights will be posted to the blog after the event.
EBOOKS: NOT JUST ANOTHER BINDING
XXIX CHARLESTON CONFERENCE – ISSUES IN BOOK AND SERIAL ACQUISITION
CHARLESTON, SC, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009:
eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing ebooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: ebook standards, such as epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; ebook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans and catalog records; ebook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding the discoverability and visibility of ebooks.
While at ACRL, I met a Librarian at Wellesley College by the name of Deborah Lenares. She was in the midst of evaluating ebook aggregator platforms and shared with me her comparative spreadsheet. It’s quite thorough and I thought it could be a great community project to work on it together. So, Deborah has posted this spreadsheet to google docs and it is open and available for editing by anyone.
Document is available here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtHuZMbGK8S1dGpsZHdhYmZsLUhqbW50STZlcTZPT3c&hl=en_US#gid=0
The University of California – Irvine also did a comparison spreadsheet. It is available for download here: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/2010/01/06/checklist-for-evaluating-patron-driven-business-models/
Finally, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom maintains an academic database assessment tool for e-books. Users select vendors and the comparison data is displayed based on user choice. It is available here: http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl