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Ebooks in Today’s Libraries – Understanding the basics & beyond

Location: Online
$275 (Simmons SLIS Alumni Price $220)
April 1 - May 12, 2013 - PDPs: 25

Please note: This is a six-week workshop.

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Recommended text:
Polanka, Sue. 2011. No Shelf Required: eBooks in Libraries. Chicago, Ill: American Library Association.
Please note: While not mandatory, the purchase of this text is strongly suggested.

These days conversations about ebooks seem to be everywhere. Libraries are responding -- trying to meet their patrons’ needs by purchasing ebooks and even ereaders in large quantities, but do we really understand what it means to have ebooks in our library? This workshop will explore various sides of what is shaping the ebook industry today. Each week we will cover a particular area of interest including the big issues facing the ebook industry and how libraries can fit into that picture. We will be looking at current ebook features and functionality as well as examples of ideas that will shape the ebook of the future. The goal of the course is to gain a better understanding of the major issues affecting adoption of ebooks so that library can make more educated decisions about the role ebooks can and should play in our libraries.

This workshop focuses on the issues affecting ebooks in libraries today such as:

  1. What is an ebook – varying definitions and what the term “ebook” means
  2. Who are the big players deciding the future of ebooks
  3. What makes ebooks different- technology, content and functionality
  4. Acquiring ebooks- who, what, where, when & how
  5. The future of ebooks

Participants will be given weekly assignments to submit for class discussion. Regular participation in class discussion is required for creating a high-quality learning environment for all participants.

Eve Miller: has over 25 years experience in the Library and Information Science field. She now works within the information industry’s corporate sector where she specializes in ebooks, information literacy, reader’s advisory and collection development.

Please note: While we try to be as accurate as we can be with our workshop descriptions, please contact SLIS CE or the workshop instructor to ensure that the class meets your expectations for content, format, rigor, etc.

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