Trends in E-content

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Evan Bend will present information to help OWLSnet libraries make decisions about e-content.

Location: Appleton Public Library Meeting Room C (Directions & Parking)

How can we build a better OWLSnet e-content collection? As part of the OWLSnet planning process, this workshop will provide a framework for setting priorities and deciding how to develop, fund, and promote e-content resources.

Review of current e-content subscriptions
Look at cost, usage statistics, technical and training issues related to currently available e-content.

  • Digital Buying Pool (OverDrive)
  • OWLSnet resources (OneClick, Ancestry, TumbleBooks)
  • APL resources (Zinio, Mango, ...)
  • BadgerLink updates

Overview of emerging trends in e-content
Discuss trends in publishing and e-content technology that impact library lending (e.g. DRM, streaming, purchasing models, costs, and new technologies).

  • What is OverDrive up to? 
  • What are competitors up to? (EBSCO, B&T, 3M, Amazon)
  • Overview of products available. What are other libraries subscribing to?

Planning for 2015
Based on current usage and emerging trends, how should we invest our resources?

  • Should we make any changes to our current subscriptions?
  • Should we spend more "Advantage" money?
  • Should we create a local digital buying pool for additional resources?
  • Should we piggyback on any APL resources?
  • Should we advocate for an increase in the statewide digital buying pool?
  • Ideas for creative financing?

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