Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

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Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Edited by Richard Kaplan. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2012. 197p. Paper $75 (ISBN: 978-1-5557-0776-7).

The addition of digital formats to libraries has led to major shifts in collection management. The challenging process of selecting, acquiring, and effectively maintaining e-books is made more practicable with the recommendations provided in this how-to resource.

This manual is a practical collection management tool for librarians who work with e-books. It provides a comprehensive treatment of management issues associated with each phase of the process: developing evaluation and selection policies, managing the economic implications of budgeting, negotiating licenses, cataloging, providing access, and assessing e-books use and impact. The book's overall structure is particularly helpful. It is divided into three sections, covering e-books in context, in detail, and in practice.

In the first section, contributing authors provide an introduction to and history of e-books to establish a framework for the rest of the book. The current state of e-book publishing is also examined. Especially useful is a discussion of the publishing industry's role in the evolution of e-books and how this shift affects the economic realities of library budgets and collection sustainability. …

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