E-book Management: e-Forum Summary

The ALCTS e-Forum “E-book Management: What Works, What Doesn’t” was held on November 13–17, 2018 and moderated by Heather Shipman (Cornell University Library) and Xiaoyan Song (North Carolina State University Library). Discussion topics focused on staffing and organizational structure, e-book acquisition and licensing, tools for e-book management, e-book discovery, promotion, and troubleshooting.

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Discussing a New Division: e-Forum Summary

A special joint ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA e-Forum “Discussing a New Division” was held on November 27–28, 2018. This e-Forum focused on getting feedback from the membership on the possible merger of the three divisions and was moderated by members of the new division Communications Working Group. The discussion saw more than 170 messages over the two-day e-Forum. Participants represented all three divisions and included individuals with a variety of experience, from new professionals to 40-year ALA members.

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New ALCTS Monograph Offers Guidance on Streaming Video Acquisitions

Streaming video at academic libraries is here to stay. In fact, a recent study shows about two-thirds of students use video as part of their academic study and three-quarters use it to supplement their reading. But as many libraries already know, video licensing can break your budget. Serving the needs of both students and faculty requires a balanced, strategic approach. “Guide to Streaming Video Acquisitions,” published by ALA Editions and edited by Eric Hartnett, offers guidance on how to meet your institution’s streaming video needs.

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New ALCTS Monograph Surveys Digital Preservation in Libraries

In today’s information landscape, few topics more urgently demand expansive discourse than digital preservation, which touches on everything from technology to copyright. ALCTS steps up to the challenge with “Digital Preservation in Libraries: Preparing for a Sustainable Future,” a comprehensive overview published by ALA Editions and edited by Jeremy Myntti and Jessalyn Zoom.

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The Write Stuff: e-Forum Summary

The ALCTS e-Forum “The Write Stuff: Strategies and Tools for Staying on Track from Start to Finish” was held on September 18–19, 2018. The discussion was moderated by Rebecca Nous (discovery services librarian at University at Albany), Wendy West (head of discovery services at University at Albany), and Stacey Marien (acquisitions librarian at American University). The e-forum’s 40 participants posted more than 90 messages during the two-day event. Participants came to the e-Forum with varying experience in writing, having been involved in a wide variety of writing projects, including zines, articles and books, journal editorial work, coursework, and grants.

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