The Future of Academic Reading: E-books and E-readers
2010 marked the year that Amazon sold more e-books than print books for the first time. What does that mean for academic libraries and academic readers? In the morning, hear a focus group of e-reader users — undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty — describe how and why they use their e-readers, how it has changed their reading habits, and what they want from campus in terms of e-book offerings. In the afternoon, Sue Polanka and Amy Pawlowski, nationally recognized experts on e-books, will discuss e-books in libraries and the changing e-book landscape, followed by a general discussion among the audience and participants about the shift from print to digital books and the implications for academia.
Monday March 14th
Pallister Conference Room, Jerome Library
Morning Session: 10:30 am to 11:45 am (focus group panel)
Afternoon Session: 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm (e-book experts and open discussion)
For related information and resources leading up to the event, follow our Twitter feed at bglibrarian67! The hashtag for this event is #eFuture.
For more information, contact Gwen Evans (email@example.com, 419-372-8664)
Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries. Sue Polanka is the moderator of the award-winning blog, No Shelf Required. NSR focuses on the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers. Sue has been a reference and instruction librarian for over 20 years at public, state, and academic libraries in Ohio and Texas. She edited No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries from ALA Editions and is editing two forthcoming titles, No Shelf Required II: The Use and Management of E-Books and E-Reference Discoverability and Context in Libraries: Issues and Concepts. Her column on electronic reference, Off The Shelf, appears in Booklist quarterly.
Amy Pawlowski, Web Applications Manager, Cleveland Public Library. Currently the Web Applications Manager at the Cleveland Public Library, Amy Pawlowski manages the development, implementation, and maintenance of web based library services and the CLEVNET eMedia collection for the Library and the CLEVNET consortium. Amy has held several different positions in the library field, including Manager of Partner Services for OverDrive Inc. where she assisted libraries with training, marketing, outreach, and collection development for their digital library platform. Amy was a contributor to the recent ALA Editions publication “No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries” and regularly presents on the topic of eBooks in Public Libraries.
This event is part of the Tech Trends Series, coordinated by the Information Technology Committee and funded by the Office of the CIO.