Integrating eBooks and eReaders into Your Library

(ALA TechSource Workshop)

Due to the demand from Texas libraries for training on eBooks and eReaders, we offered 50 libraries around the state an opportunity to host this 2-part series of webinars. 

Would you like to attend these webinars? 

View the Host Sites (excel) and contact the site coordinator for more information regarding attending at that location.  Note: please contact the site coordinator beforehand in order to give them an idea how many will ultimately attend.

Event Details:
Integrating eBooks and eReaders into Your Library (ALA TechSource Workshop)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:30-3:00pm central: Session 1 Purchasing eBooks for Libraries
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 1:30-3:00pm central: Session 2 Lending eBook Readers in Libraries

Description: With the exploding popularity of e-books and e-reading devices, librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate them into their services and collections. Sue Polanka is back by popular demand to present this two-session ALA TechSource workshop on how to go about it. With her practical guidance you will learn how to begin purchasing and lending e-books for your library, and how to purchase e-reading devices for patron use.

Session 1: Purchasing E-books for Your Library
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

You want to buy e-books for your library, but where do you start? This session will provide a basic primer on acquiring e-books, covering the following topics with examples from both public and academic libraries:

  • Current trends with e-book ownership and lending, including the impact of the Harper-Collins lending limits, the new Amazon Kindle/OverDrive lending partnership, and vendor licensing
  • How vendors can support your e-book content selection
  • Comparing vendor offerings and interfaces (publishers and aggregators)
  • Using sample matrices to compare vendor offerings
  • Choosing business models, including subscription, one-book checkout, and patron-driven acquisition
  • The challenges of archiving and accessibility

Session 2: Lending E-book Readers in Your Library
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Is your library considering lending e-book readers? This session will provide an overview of the issues and step-by-step advice for establishing a lending program, covering the following topics with examples from both public and academic libraries:

  • Examples of the more than 50 e-reading device options: dedicated e-readers, tablets, apps, and screen e-readers
  • Practical tips for lending devices
  • Navigating file formats, digital rights management, and compatibility
  • Sources for free and public domain e-books for easy loading onto e-readers
  • How librarians are interpreting legal questions around licenses written for consumers rather than libraries
  • Setting a budget for devices and accessories
  • Institutional purchase of e-books and sharing across multiple devices

The terms for hosting libraries:
1. Libraries hosting the event must have 3 or more people viewing at one location
2. Libraries must designate one site coordinator for both webinars
3. Report back to TSLAC on the total number of library staff that attend each group viewing
4. Print the sign-in sheet form that TSLAC will send site coordinators. Then, have attendees sign-in at the beginning of each webinar. Send sign-in sheets to TSLAC once the events are over.
5. Fill out a short online evaluation via email after the event in order for us to evaluate the impact of providing this content.
6. Reach out to area libraries to invite them to watch at your library.
7. Have reliable and decent access to the internet and be willing to set up a computer to run Webex (relatively simple process) to view the live webinars.

All participants listed on sign-in sheets with legible and accurate email addresses listed will receive a statement of CE credit within 2 weeks of the last webinar.

Technical Requirements for Viewing At Your Library Using Webex
If your computer was purchased in the last 4-5 years, it is likely that it can run the Webex software. Webex runs smoothly on both Windows and Mac OS and common browsers. You can run a systems test here ( to ensure that you are able to run Webex. If you’re not sure you’ve participated previously in a WebEx webinar, run this test  in advance of the Event. You may need to download and install a browser plugin.

Questions?  Contact Henry at 512-463-6624.

Page last modified: March 7, 2012