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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 […]

Transition to e-formats

A year ago it all seemed so certain: print-on-paper was outdated and would soon be replaced by e-content. However, since then, there are signs that the pundits may have overestimated public enthusiasm for e-books, at least. Aaron Pressman reports on a levelling-off of sales of e-books ( and the ongoing disagreement between publishers and suppliers, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Knowlead Course – Managing the Integration of E-Resources into Library Collections (KL-MIER)

The transition to electronic sources of information has recently gathered momentum and is affecting all subject areas and services to all levels of user: scientific and technical sources, community information, reading materials for children. The acquisition, provision and management of these e-resources leave librarians in all library and information sectors with a new and wide-ranging set of challenges. How can one find this material, how should it be managed in a modern library service? Come and find out.