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Getting to Grips with Developing and Managing E-Book Collections: An Introduction

Course Details:

This introductory course opens the door to a new electronic format and is designed to support school librarians who are beginning to set up e-book collections. In the last ten years, there has been an unprecedented growth in the publishing of e-books with an increasing array of different types available for all sectors. The programme will give you the opportunity to explore different e-books including a range of commercially-published and free reference works, monographs, textbooks, and fiction. Examples will include individual titles and also collections of e-books, such as those offered by NetLibrary, Credo, MyiLibrary and Questia. JISC Collections for Schools will also be introduced. The course will also facilitate consideration of the new opportunities e-books offer for school libraries and their users, and will explore some of the significant collection management and promotional issues which challenge school librarians.

In addition to talks, the course includes practical exercises. One will allow delegates to explore examples of online e-books in a structured way. Others will comprise activities during which delegates will examine the major collection management, and marketing and promotion issues so as to enable delegates to compare their findings with current professional practice.

Trainer: Chris Armstrong and Ray Lonsdale

Chris Armstrong and Ray Lonsdale have been working in the field of e-book development for the past 11 years. They are members of the Joint Information Systems Committee e-Book Working Group, which has been promoting the publishing and uptake of e-books in higher and further education and sixth form colleges. Ray is Reader in Information Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a former editor of The School Librarian. For the past 20 years, Chris has run a consultancy and training company, Information Automation Limited, specialising in the field of e-publishing and e-resources. Chris and Ray have been conducting training courses in the field of electronic information nationally and internationally for some years.

Key Audience:

School librarians who are beginning to set up e-book collections

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.