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March 16–19, 2014

Austin, Texas

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The stories we can tell: ebook usage in academic libraries

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM–11:40 AM CDT
Room 105
Conference Track

2. Collection Development & Assessment


assessment, usage, ebooks

Learning Objectives

Following this session, participants will be able to describe the complexities of the ebook marketplace, gain an understanding of the options available for purchasing/leasing ebooks, understand the challenges with current metrics available for ebook usage, learn how to evaluate ebook purchases based on usage and other data.


The uptake of ebooks is increasing in academic libraries despite myriad complexities. Providing perspectives from university libraries and consortia, this presentation will explore the evaluation of ebooks. Topics include usage by acquisition method and intended purpose, ebook management complexities and their effect on usage, and analysis of consortial purchases.


Jane Schmidt, Ryerson University Library
Klara Maidenberg, Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries
Pamela Jacobs, University of Guelph Library