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Saturday, June 11 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Concurrent Session D4 -- When There is No Magic Bullet: an Interlocking Approach of Managing Ebooks

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As academic ebook business grows rapidly, opportunities and challenges arise out of this change. A wide range of systems and tools spring up aiming to assist librarians to manage ebooks in an efficient and streamlined fashion. Proprietary vendors are acquiring new technologies and products to integrate into their existing product line. Some community developed open source systems and tools become the rising stars  due to the economic and budget pressures. Specific local needs result home-grown tools. Nevertheless, Librarians often find themselves get frustrated with the variety of choices presented in front of them, realizing that there is not a single magic bullet that can solve all their problems. Creative and critical thinking has become the norm as libraries seek an optimizing solution to mingle these options. And that is what’s essential to lego play!

This session demonstrates how an interlocking approach is developed that integrates ILS, ERM, open source tools and a locally developed database to manage ebooks. It starts with an examination of the lego building process from a lego workshop that the presenter has recently attended, followed by the analogy between lego building and ebooks management. It provides a quick overview of the mainstream systems that the presenter’s home libraries are using, discussing the pain points within these mainstream systems. It elaborates on how open source tools and local developed tools are brought into the “lego building” process.  

Ebooks are dynamic in nature. Entailing with creative thinking and problem-solving skills, the interlocking approach allows us to embrace the changes with innumerable fun which we find in lego play.

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Xiaoyan Song

Electronic Resources Librarian, NC State University Libraries
Xiaoyan Song is the Electronic Resource Librarian (ERL) at the Monograph Unit in the Acquisition and Discovery (A&D) department at NCSU Libraries. She mingles with all aspects of ebooks including acquisition, license negotiation, activation, ebook troubleshooting, and workflow mapping... Read More →

Saturday June 11, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
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