Scholarly E-Book Packages: New Trends in Access to Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Submiited by Sean Swanick
Presenters: Gregory Little and David Macaulay
The afternoon session discussed two topics shaping the future of (academic) libraries via-a-vis the publishing industry and libraries’ collection development. David Macaulay and Geoffrey Little of Concordia University discussed Concordia Library’s recent acquisition of e-book packages and the decision process involved. The presenters focused their talk on several large e-book packages, namely Palgrave Connect, Project Muse eBooks, and ACLS Humanities E-Book. In addition they examined processes for evaluating and comparing e-book packages and collections as well as a library’s need to consider an outright purchase or an annual subscription as part of the selection and collection development process.