Apple has sold more than 40 million iPads, and Amazon now sells more Kindle titles than print books. E-books have reached the tipping point. Libraries are watching the demand for e-book borrowing steadily rise and are responding by rolling out new e-book initiatives. Learn how to compare and evaluate e-book platforms, the ins and outs of pricing models-including demand-driven acquisitions, functionality unique to this format, and vendor types, as well as the questions you should ask about technical requirements. Become knowledgeable about the key challenges and benefits of launching an e-book initiative in your law library, as well as alternatives to purchasing e-books.
Takeaway 1: Participants will understand the various e-book vendor types, sales and pricing models- including demand-driven acquisitions, and functionality of major e-book packages.
Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to create an informed list of questions about content, functionality, and technical requirements of e-book packages to submit to vendors.
Takeaway 3: Participants will also become knowledgeable about alternatives to purchasing e-books.
Who should attend: Reference and acquisitions librarians; library administrators
Track(s): Library Management, Reference, Research and Client
Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as a writer, educator, and international speaker. In 2011, she won the ALA's Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature for 'The Tech Set', the ten book technology series that she created and edited. She's also the author of Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals, a well-reviewed book on Web technologies and libraries. She speaks at several conferences a year, mainly about new tech trends, digital strategy, and libraries. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute and blogs at iLibrarian.
Seasoned Law Library Director with extensive experiences in law firm, academic, bar association and research library environments. Meeting the varied challenges of these opportunities involved;
- Staff, develop and enhance services as the first library director hired by a law firm as it grew exponentially to meet client’s demands.
- Developing a strategic business alliance with commercial vendors towards the successful development of a Library Tech and Training Center underwritten by these business entities.
- Compile long-term business plans to modernize the operation of a library
Jacob Sayward is Head of Electronic Resources at Fordham Law Library. When not teaching legal research, assisting faculty, working the reference desk, or managing the library's Serials Department, he worries about collection development, budgets, usage statistics, license agreements, ERM, proxied URLs, A-to-Z Journal Lists, and ebooks. He loves it when other librarians come up and talk to him about these topics.
Jeremy Sullivan oversees the domestic research operations of the Research Services & Libraries department at DLA Piper, the world's largest law firm. Jeremy has extensive legal and business research experience spanning nearly 20 years supporting attorneys at several AmLaw 100 law firms. Jeremy's key areas of expertise include e-resource evaluation and virtual reference.