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SLA Solo Division and NY METRO Webinar on eBooks

Webinar: Frankenbooks – Understanding the eBook Opportunity

Discussion in the world of ebooks has been dominated in libraryland by the issues arising in public libraries withn the Big 5 or 6 Fiction and popular book publishers.  In many aspects the issues are quite different for non-fiction for the research needs of academic, research, and special libraries.    The ‘interesting’ positions of the Big 5/6 are quite a quagmire for libraries but things can be quite different in the world of historical books, business lit, research tools, and more.  I will attempt to balance the discussion a little in this free webinar.

Speaker Stephen Abram
Stephen Abram, MLS, has been a library futurist, technology innovator and strategist for decades. He is Past-President 2008 of SLA and the Past-President of the Ontario and Canadian Library Associations. He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June. He has worked for publishers, software venors and aggregators for many years including Cengage Learning (Gale), SirsiDynix, the SirsiDynix Institute, ProQuest, Thomson, IHS and Micromedia after managing several libraries. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honours and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook and Internet @ Schools. He is the author of ALA Editions’ bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram. His blog, Stephen’s Lighthouse, is a popular blog in the library sector.


Tue, Feb. 26, 2013
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much? FREE

Do ebooks change everything or are they just the same as print? Not by a long shot. What are the opportunities and what enhancements might we expect? Is this the final straw for libraries or the biggest opportunity since the web? Framing the ebook opportunity is one of the bigger challenges facing libraries of all types today. What is the future of the directory or reference book? Whither encyclopedia? What about textbooks? Is fiction different than non-fiction? What do we do about devices, apps, and more? What is the role for print? What will collections look like? This interactive webinar, led by Stephen Abram, will seek to build insight and understanding of the ebook opportunity.
Who should attend: Anyone who is struggling with the concept of ebooks in the workplace and how to implement this changing format and want to keep their eyes out for additional innovation in this space. This includes library management, acquisitions, and those who perform all these functions at the same time as solos.
By the end of this program, participants will: – Have a better understanding of the impact of ebooks on the workplace, as opposed to the high profile popular reading and fiction discussion that’s engulfing the publishing and library world at this time

Questions about registration or cancellation?  Visit METRO’s Registration Info page for policies and procedures.

Organizer SLA Solo Librarians Division

This event is co-sponsored by METRO and the SLA Solo Librarians Division.

Here’s the URL:

Look forward to seeing folks virtually then.  Registration is open now.



Posted on: January 14, 2013, 3:04 pm Category: Uncategorized

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