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Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124
Incorporates: Librarian Career Development

Online from: 1979

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Ebooks in libraries: an overview of the current situation

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Title:Ebooks in libraries: an overview of the current situation
Author(s):Linda Ashcroft, (Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)
Citation:Linda Ashcroft, (2011) "Ebooks in libraries: an overview of the current situation", Library Management, Vol. 32 Iss: 6/7, pp.398 - 407
Keywords:ebooks, ejournals, e-resources, Libraries, Library suppliers, United Kingdom, United States of America
Article type:Literature review
DOI:10.1108/01435121111158547 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overview of the current situation regarding ebooks in both academic and public libraries

Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes the form of a review of the literature, drawing together findings from various published ebook surveys conducted over the past three years

Findings – It was found that there is a need for libraries to raise awareness about the ebooks they offer and how they offer them.

Practical implications – The paper points up the importance of librarians having accurate knowledge about their users' concerns, which can be complex over the spectrum of ebooks, in order to obtain the “best deal”.

Originality/value – The paper draws together viewpoints from academic libraries, public libraries and ebook suppliers.

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