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Getting to grips with e-books: an introduction to developing and managing e-book collections - Chris Armstrong & Ray Lonsdale
This introductory course opens the door to a new electronic format and is designed to support 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 Questia, Credo, MyiLibrary and Oxford University Press. The course will also facilitate consideration of the new opportunities e-books offer for librarians and users in academic, public and special library and information services, and will explore some of the significant collection management and promotional issues which challenge information and library staff.
The course is designed to offer delegates from all sectors:
- an understanding of the nature of e-books
- a familiarity with range of commercially-produced e-books from publishers and aggregators
- a familiarity with range of free e-books
- an appreciation of the collection management issues associated with bibliographical control, selection, acquisition, business models, licensing and archiving, as well as facilitating access to e-books
- a familiarity with the different ways of promoting awareness and use of e-books.
Chris Armstrong and Ray Lonsdale have been working and offering courses in the field of e-books, e-resources and collection management for the past 14 years, both in the UK and abroad. Up until recently, they were members of the Joint Information Systems Committee e-Book Working Group, which has been promoting the publishing and uptake of e-books in further and higher education and sixth form colleges. Ray is Reader in Information Studies at Aberystwyth University and a Director of Information Automation Limited. He has specialised in the field of collection management and, in particular, in the management of electronic collections. Ray has published extensively and has edited several national and international professional and academic journals. Chris runs a consultancy, research and training company, Information Automation Limited, which he set up in 1987. The company specialises in all forms of electronic resources and in electronic publishing, a topic on which Chris has taught a module in the Department in Aberystwyth. Chris is a regular writer, and sits on the editorial boards of two professional journals.
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