MCLS eBooks & Libraries Series



Join MCLS as we present a six part series focusing on eBooks and their impact on libraries. All events will be available online either as a webinar or via streaming video. See below for event descriptions and registration links.



Session 1 • MCLS Annual Meeting: eBooks and Emerging National Libraries

Date:  Friday, October 5
Time:  10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Lansing Community College-West Campus, Lansing, MI   (map)

Join MCLS as we welcome IMLS director, Susan Hildreth, as our keynote speaker. Susan will be speaking about the Digital Public Library of America, and its efforts to create a way to distribute eBooks more widely. As a board member, Susan has been involved with creating DPLA and will share her view of the project. In addition, we are pleased to welcome Robert Miller from the Internet Archive. Robert will discuss their efforts to make eBooks more accessible. Rounding out the day, we will hear from Ed O'Neill from OCLC's Office of Research about their recent project to examine use of legacy print materials in Ohio academic libraries, and Mark Springer will speak about e-textbooks and the impact they are having on education.

This program has been approved for 4 (four) Technology Library Education Units (TLEUs)!!!


Session 2 • Do Buildings Matter? The Impact of eResources on Bricks and Mortar

Date:  October 26, 2012
Time:  10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN   (map)

What will eBooks, eJournals, and other digital content do to library buildings? Join us as we consider this question with several experts including library directors, a leading researcher on library buildings, and an architect.

This program has been approved for 5 (five) General Library Education Units (LEUs)!!!


Session 3 • eBook Licenses

Date:  December 5, 2012
Time:  11:00 am to noon
Location:  online

What are you getting for the amount the eBook vendor wants you to pay? In this one-hour webinar Ruth Dukelow, a nationally known speaker about copyright and licensing topics, will present information about eBook licenses. This lively and enlightening session will cover (1) sales models for eBooks, (2) the differences between copyright law and contract law for eBooks, and (3) the importance of reading the license before buying.

This program has been approved for 1 (one) General Library Education Units (LEUs)!!!

Session 4 • HathiTrust

Date:  February 6, 2013
Time:  11:00 am to noon
Location:  online

The HathiTrust is a vast aggregator of eBooks created to ensure their wide-availability. Attendees will learn all about HathiTrust and where it is headed. Our speaker on HathiTrust will be Jeremy York from the University of Michigan.

This program has been approved for 1 (one) Technology Library Education Unit (TLEU)!!!


Session 5 • eBooks & Publishing

Date:  March 21, 2013
Time:  9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Lansing Community College - West Campus, in Lansing, MI
More info and registration:  Click here

With the advent of the eBook, the self-publishing world has exploded with a handful of writers producing best-sellers and many more writers wanting to do the same. Libraries of all kinds can become a great resource for those patrons and students interested in self-publishing. In part 5 of the MCLS eBooks and Libraries Series, we learned how eBooks and publishing will impact libraries! Our day began with Sue Polanka, Head of Reference & Instruction at Wright State University as well as author of the award-winning blog “No Shelf Required.”  Sue spoke on “21st Century Publishing and the Impact of the eBook.”  Next, we had the pleasure of having Smashwords Founder and CEO, Mark Coker present “The Future of Publishing”. After lunch, Mark presented “eBook Publishing 101” where he explained the step-by-step process authors follow to create, publish and distribute professional-quality eBooks to global retailers and libraries alike. Mark then concluded his presentations with “Best Practices of Successful eBook Authors.” The day concluded with a panel of academic publishers who will discuss the impact of eBook publishing in an academic environment.

This program has been approved for 5 (five) General Library Education Units (LEUs)!!!

Session 6 • The Digital Library Now & Future

Date:  June 5, 2013
Time:  10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Lansing Community College - West Campus, in Lansing, MI or online via streaming video
More info and registration:  Click here

Wrapping up our year-long look at eBooks, this workshop will look at all things "e" and the ways that libraries are coping. It will be a wide-ranging and thoughtful look at how libraries can adapt and thrive in the new e-world.

Our day will begin with Joseph Janes, Associate Professor and Chair of the MLIS Program, University of Washington Information school who will present the keynote address, "Is There a Library in 20 Years?" Joseph will discuss the future of libraries, where we are, where we might be going and where we'd like to be.

Rick Lugg, from Sustainable Collection Services, LLC will present "Rethinking Library Resources: Sustainable Print Collections in a Digital Age." In this presentation, Rick will discuss The Changing Value of Local Print Collections, Alternatives to Local Print Collections, and Managing Down Local Collections.

After lunch, Greg Provevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System, Inc. will describe the Massachusetts Pilot Project to launch eBook servers for 50 multi-type libraries in 2013. He'll discuss the processes and steps that are required to launch this project, e.g., consensus-building, industry service, request for proposal, contracting, staffing, technology, implementation, and plans for a statewide roll out in 2014.

Our day will conclude with presentations from Frank Cervone, Vice Chancellor for Information Services at Purdue University Calumet and Jo Anne Mondowney, Executive Director at the Detroit Public Library who will discuss the impact of all things "e" in the academic and public library community.