E-books in Higher Education: a View from Three Perspectives. For the Virginia Library Association ’ s VIVA User ’ s Group Meeting Discussion Panel by Terry Metz University Librarian, Washington and Lee University October 25, 2012. Reflections on What an Academic Library Should be Doing.
For the Virginia Library Association’s VIVA User’s Group Meeting Discussion Panel
by Terry Metz
University Librarian, Washington and Lee University
October 25, 2012
The library—as a provider, creator, and curator of information resources for learning, teaching, and research—fosters an informed community of global citizens. We create both physical and virtual environments conducive to intellectual vitality, exploration, discovery, and critical thinking. Our library staff adjusts library services and operations through continuous—and cooperative—planning, assessment, and prioritization.
services, resources, and staff expertise are closely aligned with mission of the college
is both usefuland used; usefulness extends across library’s physical facilities and ambiance, its virtual presence, and its intellectual presence
functions as collaborator and a catalyst
University Store & Text Books—text books and more course content
Curriculum/Faculty and Students—culture and habits
Librarians and Technology—both front line and behind the scenes
University Store/Text Books
Curriculum/Students & Faculty
Librarians & Technology
Course Content—more than text books; analytics
Feels like Serials Control—complexity of business model
Limited Opportunities—at least thus far
Faculty Teach Habits—hard to change unless they want to change; preference for control
Student Culture—tablet reading devices slowly gaining acceptance
Acquisition—need to overcome habit of hard-copy firm orders
Digital Rights Management—murky and complex
Culture—clinging to the physical vessel? analytics?