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Friday, June 10 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Concurrent Session C4 -- To Lead to Learning, Not to Madness: eBooks and eSerials at the Library of Congress

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Building comprehensive collections of textual published material is a key function of any library and of the Library of Congress in particular.  Over the past decade, the impressive increase in the amount of books and serials which are electronic has offered a new challenge in carrying out this work.  But there is nothing in the collecting mission of the Library of Congress which allows it to forgo works simply because they are not issued on paper.  To handle this, the Library has worked to adapt some of its current programs, such as Copyright Mandatory Deposit and the Cataloging in Publication program, to encompass the acquisition of electronic as well as paper publications, with notable success.  Along the way, it has identified certain primary difficulties unique to acquiring and managing these electronic publications.  It is developing solutions to them while being very cognizant of the challenges ahead as the Library attempts to build its collection of electronic publications and provide the appropriate level of service to its patrons and stakeholders as it does with its paper publications.  This presentation covers the scale of the problem, the Library’s responses to it, the lessons learned in building a collection of electronic publications and the bigger issues still to be resolved.


Theron 'Ted' Westervelt

Section Head, Library of Congress
Dr. Westervelt has worked with serials at the Library of Congress since 2001 and currently manages the cataloging and processing of serials acquired via copyright deposit. Since 2009, he has been managing the eDeposit program for Library Services within the Library of Congress. Under... Read More →

Friday June 10, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
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