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ALCTS e-Forum: The State of eBooks in Libraries

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 7:00 am to Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:00 pm

ALCTS e-Forum: The State of eBooks in Libraries

August 15-16, 2017


Moderated by Mariah Harvey and Buddy Pennington


Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.


Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Libraries have been handling eBooks for quite some time now, but while libraries have time-tested workflows for online serials, e-books present complexities that may require new workflows. The online format provides many opportunities for libraries but also many challenges.


Join us for an engaging and informative discussion on these opportunities and challenges. This Forum will discuss the following topics:

  • Collection development and acquisitions models

  • Technical Services workflows

  • eBook licensing and metadata

  • Faculty outreach and user instruction and support

  • Usage and assessment



Mariah Harvey is the Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She manages electronic resources, acquisitions, and serials for the UMKC Libraries. She previously worked as the Electronic Resources, Resource Sharing and Copyright Librarian at the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Buddy Pennington is the Director of Information Technology and Strategy at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He previously worked as the Director of Collections and Access Management and as the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.


What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.


For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum


How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)


If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.