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Librarians e-textbook forum: sharing and developing best practice

November 28, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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E-textbooks have been around for a decade now and have provided a lot of value to a lot of students. However, they are still often messy and frustrating for librarians to licence and administer. As libraries have become more experienced some good practice has started to emerge to manage both the content and the suppliers involved. There is a feeling that there is not enough opportunity for librarians to talk to each other openly and honestly about their approaches to e-textbooks. This online forum will provide librarians with a ‘safe space’ away from publishers and suppliers to speak as candidly as they are comfortable to. We’ll discuss where libraries have already found good practice and we’ll also look at developing good practice where little exists. We’ll start the ball rolling with two short presentations to inspire thought and discussion from libraries with something interesting to share. We will then open the discussion to attendees with perhaps a little guidance to identify potential outcomes where support could be offered. Our speakers are: Andrew Knight (Imperial College London): Andrew has been Acquisitions and Content Services Manager at Imperial College London since May 2020. He sits on a number of regional and national committees, and has particular interests in electronic collection development, Open Access monographs and supplier relationships. Andrew's presentation looks at Imperial's model of using usage data to help predict the number of e-textbook licences they need year on year, and how it was recently torpedoed by a surprising admission from their e-textbook supplier. David Peacock & Sarah Halliday (University of Hertfordshire): David Peacock is Content and Collections Manager, and Sarah Halliday is Information Manager (Content and Collections) at the University of Hertfordshire. The University of Hertfordshire has extensive experience of developing electronic resource collections, and has been an early adopter in many areas including an "e" first resource strategy, blended approaches to learning, and demand driven acquisition.  Their presentation has been created with input from Caroline Tume, Contracts Licensing and Copyright Consultant, and looks at the development of Hertfordshire's relationship with their e-textbook provider from the contract and licensing stage, involving closely working with the University's legal team, to ongoing Supplier Relationship Management and day to day workflows. Gavin Phillips (Category Manager: Academic Services, SUPC) will lead the ‘lightly guided’ discussion   Please note that the forum will be conducted under Chatham House Rule. We don’t expect anyone to share confidential information but we do want people to be able to discuss their experiences candidly. For that reason there will be no recording, minutes, or sharing of slides. In order to restrict access to this session to library staff only, online bookings have been restricted to NAG Members (Non-Corporate, Public Library and Individual) only however any member of library staff is welcome to join the session.  Please contact us from your work email address and we will add you to the ticket holders.  All online bookings will also be individually checked by NAG staff, so please expect a short delay before your Zoom ticket arrives. NAG members please login to the website using your email address and the usual "Get Tickets" button will appear at the bottom of this page.