I found Sue Polanka’s presentation to be interesting and I am continually amazed about how little I know about ebooks in the library context. From Sue’s No Shelf Required blog the introduction to her summary:
Last Friday at ALA I was part of a NISO/BISG panel on the changing standards landscape. There were many speakers, each discussing various aspects of eBook standards like business models, ISBNs, epub, DRM, and the standards and features needed by librarians (which was my part). I’ve summarized my presentation here and would welcome additional suggestions and ideas from librarians. Sue
The Changing Standards Landscape:
Creative Solutions to Your Information Problems
Use of E-Books in a Library Context
Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University
As e-books become more popular in today’s library, librarians are discovering challenges in finding the best ways to acquire, catalog, access and read the format. This presentation will describe the e-book standards librarians need in MARC records, cataloging and purchasing to improve the dissemination of e-book data throughout a library’s workflow. It will also unpack the necessary “standard” interface features most requested by end users.