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Wednesday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Showcasing Ebook Platform Features

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Faculty and students are making increasingly nuanced use of eBook collections, but the variance in eBook attributes between publishers and platforms necessitates much more specific information about the various features of eBooks in order for patrons to make informed decisions. Librarians have been increasingly tasked to field questions ranging from the stability of links in syllabi, the number of simultaneous users, download formats, software requirements, and support for assistive technology. These new information needs have led the NCSU Libraries to develop a public facing web tool designed to help make the features, permissions, and use of our collection a little more transparent and accessible to patrons and library staff.

The virtual poster will demonstrate the functionality of this tool, a web-based dropdown menu of providers that highlights the different capacities of eBooks in our collection and provides answers to the most common patron questions about the use of the collection that we field. All of the underlying information can also be downloaded to provide a more holistic summary view of the composition and characteristics of the collection, for use by library staff needing an overview of the general characteristics of our eBook collection as a whole. We will accompany the demo of the tool with text describing our design process and considerations.

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Shaun Bennett

University Library Technician, North Carolina State University
Demand-driven acquisition, usage statistics, digital humanities, 3D printing, large-scale visualization.
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Danica Lewis

Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences, NC State University Libraries
I'm the Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences at the NC State University Libraries. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with an MSLIS, and from Knox College with a BA in Biology. Recently my work has included learning the programming language... Read More →
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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 →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Outside Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401