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NASIG 29th Annual Conference
Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers
May 1-4, 2014
Ft. Worth, Texas

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG welcomes anyone interested in the serials information chain. Inspired by the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), NASIG held its first conference at Bryn Mawr College in June 1986. The annual conference, usually held in late May or June, offers a premier opportunity to meet others representing the diverse interests of the serials community and to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of scholarly communication.
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Saturday, May 3 • 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Confessions of a late bloomer: Use and acceptance of an eBooks program adopted in an undergraduate library

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Although eBooks existed in the 1990s, the peak of academic adoption was in the early to mid 2000s. At the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic year, the Franklin & Marshall College Library, which caters to 2400 students, had roughly 500,000 print volumes cataloged. In juxtaposition, the library held only 12 eBooks. By the end of that year, the catalog contained approximately 120,000 eBooks. A majority of these came from Springer, Readex/NewsBank, EBSCO, Coutts, Project MUSE, and JSTOR (both collection purchases and DDA/PDA). Implementation revealed some clear parallels (and some surprises!) to similar experiences with e-journals. This is a relevant comparison for academic eBooks, which are typically used as a chapter-based resource rather than read cover-to-cover.

During adoption, we learned a few lessons to share with NASIG attendees in a session combining presentation and moderated discussion. Specifically, we will present statistics on adoption, a survey showing patron attitudes toward eBooks (compared to print), and best practices for marketing eBooks. We will compare our results to those presented previously by other early adopting institutions (such as Wellesley). A key question to address is whether waiting to adopt this newer technology colored the opinions of patrons more familiar with eBooks in non-academic contexts (e.g. Overdrive, Kindle, etc.)

Discussion Topics:
-- Should we buy eBooks, and what problem(s) do they solve?
-- Do patrons accept eBooks? If not, how can we effect change?
-- What are best approaches to informing patrons of the increasing role of eBooks in our collection development plan?
-- What are sensible approaches to weeding a collection that takes up no physical space?
-- Which models of eBook purchasing and licensing are best for libraries, and how can we influence publishers to meet our needs?
-- Which models of eBook purchasing and licensing are best for library patrons, and how can we influence publishers to meet their needs?


Laura Eiford

Science Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College
Laura is the Science Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College where she works with science faculty and students. She is responsible for the Martin Library of the Sciences and for its the services, facilities, technology, and collections. In addition, she runs usability testing each semester and works with patrons through instruction and reference services. As Head of the F&M Library Twitter Group, she also coordinates library marketing on... Read More →

Molly Olney-Zide

Content Services Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College, Shadek-Fackenthal Library
Molly has worked as the Content Services Librarian at the Franklin & Marshall College Library (Lancaster, PA) since August 2012. Her responsibilities include overseeing Cataloging, Acquisitions (both print books and electronic resources), Serials, Statistics, and Materials Budgeting. The implementation of a solid eBook collection for the F&M Library was one of Molly's first major projects. Although this e-collection hasn't quite reached... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 3:50pm - 4:50pm
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