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This workshop is co-sponsored by Infopeople and Califa.

Libraries have offered e-books for years now. But many librarians are still not sure what to do with them. More recently, libraries have started adding downloadable audio books, streaming animated picture stories, downloadable music, and now downloadable video.

  • Is your library considering e-books, e-audio, or downloadable video?
  • Are you trying to figure out how these formats fit into your collection development plan?
  • Are you looking for the vendor with the best technology? Or should your choice be based on the best content?
  • Do you already have e-books that are not being used?
  • Could you use some help with e-content promotion or staff training?

Come find out how you can take best advantage of e-formats to deliver top quality, on-demand content to your users at home, at work, or anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Workshop Description: This all-day hands-on workshop will provide a thorough overview of the state of e-books, e-audio, and other e-formats in libraries. Through individual and group exercises you will be exposed to various e-content platforms that can be used to improve your library users' access to information. The instructor will provide cheat sheets as well as practical, useful tips that can be applied immediately.

Pre-workshop assignment: Find a library (it could be your own) that offers e-books or e-audio. Find an e-book or e-audiobook that interests you and start reading it or listening to it.

Preliminary Course Outline

  • What Are E-books, E-audio, and Other Types of E-content?
    • What e-content is available to libraries?
    • What are the pros and cons of e-content versus other formats?
    • What is the current state of e-content technology in libraries?
  • How Should E-content Be Incorporated into Library Collections?
    • Who is the audience?
  • Pros and cons of different e-content platforms and vendors
    • Functionality
    • Content
    • Ownership models
  • Best Practices for E-content in Libraries
    • Collection development
    • Access configuration
    • Cataloging
    • User support
    • Staff training
    • Promotion
    • Usage statistics

Workshop Instructor: Anthony Costa