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Success Strategies for Electronic Content Discovery and Access

This is the title of a new cross-industry white paper from the e-Data Quality Working Group in the States. It stresses that – as library users conduct an increasing number of information searches online without the help of a librarian – discovery and access systems play an important role in helping users sift through an increasingly […]

Independent UK review of e-lending in public libraries published

Last autumn the UK government commissioned an independent review of e-lending in public libraries in England. The panel took evidence from selected individuals and organisations representing a range of views, from publishers, librarians, booksellers, authors and so on, as well as an open call for evidence. The review has just been published (press release and actual review) and […]

International debate on e-books in libraries

A recent event co-sponsored by IFLA MLAS (Management of Library Associations Committee) and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) featured presentations by experts about the ebook situation in libraries around the world. All the presentations are available at Of particular interest to readers who may be planning to attend the KLA Electronic […]

IFLA Guide: Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries

“…to help develop an awareness of the key issues that every library will need to consider and address in developing an e-portfolio… A guide that addresses an evolving subject area, such as electronic resources” Available here. It could be describing the KLA course: Library Collection Management and Policies for e-Publications. Now you KNOW why you should […]

e-Resources in Libraries: there’s more to it than acquisition!

Including e-resources in library collections sounds deceptively simple! Most libraries are adding e-journals and e-books with some degree of success. What is less straightforward is the long-term management of a format that is constantly changing. Librarians have to consider the relative importance and size of their print collection. How can libraries acquire the best and […]

Published Guide to free e-books

The UK eInformation Group (UKeiG) – a special interest group of CILIP – has just published The 2011 Guide to Free or Nearly-Free e-Books – a 177-page annotated guide by Chris Armstrong (a KLA trainer). The guide lists over 230 sites offering either single titles or collections of titles, search engines and gateways for e-books. Each site […]

Call for Nominations for the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award

UKeiG – the UK electronic information Group – is a part of the UK Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). UKeiG is now seeking nominations for 2010 for this prestigious international award. The UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of […]