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On 12 September 2012, due to strong interest during the EIFL General Assembly in Yerevan, Arnold Hirshon graciously agreed to repeat his presentation on ebooks to a wider EIFL audience. Arnold Hirshon is an Associate Provost & University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, USA. He is also a member of EIFL's Management Board.
Sixty-six participants from 17 countries participated in the webinar, making it one of EIFL's most successful webinars. Many participants described the presentation as 'informative', 'interesting', 'comprehensive', and 'enjoyable'. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session where participants asked thought provoking questions to the presenter.
The presentation provided an overview of the key issues that librarians and consortium managers need to consider concerning the adoption of e-books. The presentation explored the current e-book marketplace, centering around four key topic areas: (1) e-book platforms (types of devices, publication formats and standards, operating systems, and infrastructure), (2) content (focusing primarily on purchased scholarly e-books, with some discussion of trade and other e-book publications, including a discussion of language of content, usage statistics and preservation issues), (3) purchasing (including purchase options such as commercial and university press aggregators, title-by-title purchase, demand-driven acquisitions, licenses and ownership, and annual subscriptions), and (4) policies and practices (such as e-book and device lending and reserves).
If you missed the e-book webinar, links to the recorded session and slides are listed below. In addition, a wiki has been created so that people can ask questions and provide answers on this topic.
View the recording of the 12 September session - Please note we had a technical difficulty in recording the full 1 hour 15 minute presentation. Thus only the last 45 minutes, which includes the full 15 minutes of Q&A session were recorded and can be viewed here.)
View Arnold Hirshon's full EIFL General Assembly presentation on ebooks - This is the same presentation on e-books but given during the EIFL General Assembly in July 2012.