I sat in on the EDUCAUSE webinar today on the eTextbook pilot project at NW Missouri State University. Some background:
NWMS University has been purchasing textbooks for their students for the last 100 years! They also provide notebook PC’s to students for a rather small fee. Testing the eTextbook plan with the SONY Reader was the logical next step. The pilot was last Fall. The campus library is a separate function on campus, they were not involved in this project. The presenters will be speaking at the EDUCAUSE conference in Denver this fall. Continue reading
UT-Austin Libraries has a huge eBook collection, about 600,000 titles in all. Lindsey Schell, Librarian for Journals, English Lit, and Women’s Studies, has had plenty of experience in acquiring eBooks for UT-Austin.
In this interview, Lindsey and I discuss the variety of eBook collections/platforms at UT, the successes and challenges of their eBook program, purchasing eBooks through Patron Driven Acquisition, and other neat and cool things about eBooks. So, if you have eBooks, want to expand your collection, or are on the fence about starting an eBook collection, give it a listen. You’re bound to learn something. And, hopefully you’ll be jazzed about eBooks!
Other NSR interviews can be found on our Interviews page.
I just returned from The Charleston Conference and was amazed by the sessions and general discussions relating to eBooks. I tried to get to most of them, but that was impossible due to the amount of sessions. If you attended or presented one of these sessions, I invite you to post your comments to No Shelf Required. I know we can all benefit from hearing more about ebooks.
Some highlights for me were Lindsey Schell’s discussion of patron driven purchasing at UT-Austin – a “platform agnostic” library, and the “banana” story told by Jason Price. I was also humbled by the number of people that attended my session – the debate between patron driven purchasing and traditional collection development. Thanks to all of you for attending, and for participating. We used the audience response systems to survey the attendees, so I’ll post those results on NSR.