e-Books in Academic Libraries

e-Books in Academic Libraries

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Written from the perspective of a librarian, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the impact of e-books on academic libraries. The author discusses advantages to both researchers and librarians and provides current examples of innovative uses of e-books in academic contexts. This book reviews the current situation in e-book publishing, and describes problems in managing e-books in libraries caused by the variety of purchase models and varying formats available, and the lack of standardisation. It discusses solutions for providing access and maintaining bibliographic control, looks at various initiatives to publicise and promote e-books, and compares e-book usage surveys to track changes in user preferences and behaviour over the last decade. E-books have already had a huge impact on academic libraries, and major advances in technology will bring further changes. There is a need for collaboration between libraries and publishers. The book concludes with reflections on the future of e-books in academic libraries.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 16mm | 399.16g
  • Chandos Publishing (Oxford) Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 1843345862
  • 9781843345862
  • 1,229,932

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...the author is bringing to a reader a wide range of interesting problems and facts... This is a very useful introductory text for those getting acquainted with the issues of e-books., Information Researchshow more

About Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic

Ksenija Minc?ic?-Obradovic? has been the Cataloguing Manager at the University of Auckland Library in New Zealand since 2002. She has worked in libraries in New Zealand and Serbia since 1983, in many different areas, including: medieval manuscripts, early printed books, current serials and preservation. Her current focuses are electronic books, collaboration and improving catalogue usability. She has published journal articles and given conference presentations and public lectures on these topics both in New Zealand and abroad. Ksenija served twice as a convenor of the LIANZA's CatSIG Committee.show more

Table of contents

Dedication Acknowledgements List of abbreviations List of figures and tables About the author Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The (magical) world of-books Emergence of e-books What is an e-book? E-book features in the academic context Disadvantages of e-books Chapter 3: Between publishers and library needs E-book publishing Integration of e-books Chapter 4: Developing and managing e-book collections Selection and purchasing Providing access Bibliographic records De-selection Interlibrary loan Preservation Chapter 5: Connecting with users Bringing e-books to users What users say The University of Auckland Study Usage statistics Chapter 6: New opportunities New ways of teaching and learning A new kind of 'book' E-texts in the classroom Chapter 7: Future considerations Barriers to adoption E-books in relation to study and research Lack of relevant content The opportunities e-books bring to academic libraries The future of e-books in academic libraries Indexshow more