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Webinar: Ebooks in Corporate/Special Libraries

Ebooks in Corporate/Special Libraries: A Review — Taught by James M. Matarazzo & Toby Pearlstein
Date: February 27, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $25

Register information is here: http://alanis.simmons.edu/ceweb/registerinfo.php

Articles, conference presentations, and announcements on ebook usage in school, public, and academic libraries have become regular features in the literature. And this is by no means a U.S.-based phenomenon. In fact, in 2011, the global strategic management consulting firm Bain & Co. issued a report covering six countries (U.S., Japan, Germany, France, U.K., and South Korea) across three continents. This study focuses primarily on mass market publishing but provides some useful insight for corporate library purposes as well. Readers “tend to read more when equipped with digital readers” and in encouraging news for publishers, “the vast majority of those readers will pay for e-books.”

Despite the broadened base of ebook delivery channels and the growth in consumption of content via multiple devices, the impact does not seem to have greatly affected corporate libraries yet. The authors decided to look into this matter to answer the question of whether we have reached the point at which ebooks represent a necessary component of the corporate content portfolio. Do information services departments need ebooks to continue to contribute to their organizations’ success? Or, put another way, can corporate librarians afford to ignore the value of ebooks as a component of the services they provide their customers?

In this webinar the presenters will cover the following topics:

* Ebook Adoption in Special Library Settings
* Survey Results
* More Barriers (Customer Appetite [End User or Researcher]; Cost/Acquisition Models/Deployment)
* Incentives (Mobility; Cutting Edge; Cost Savings and Usage Measures)
* Putting It All in Perspective
* Mini Case Studies (The Insurance Company wants to give Ebooks a go; Fidelity Center for Advanced -Technology; The Vendor Perspective)
* Appendix (Survey Instrument)
* Recommended readings

James M. Matarazzo is a fellow of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). He received SLA’s Professional Award in 1983 and again in 1991 when he also received SLA’s President’s Award. Matarazzo was president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (2000-2001) and is the vice president of the H.W. Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Toby Pearlstein has 30 years of experience as an information professional in both the public and private sector; including state and regional organizations, as well as a global professional services firm.

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