Adu librarian attends e-Book forum

Date Posted: January 19, 2017 at 04:20 PM

         To upgrade the knowledge and skills of its staff, the Library Services Department sends them to conferences whenever the opportunity presents itself.

            Ms. Adoracion L. Ventura, Reference and Media librarian, was sent to attend an e-Book forum held last September 5-7, 2016 at the Rendezvous Hotel in Singapore. The goal of the forum was to equip librarians with the knowledge to fill in the gaps within the library’s resources through the gap analysis tool. Organized by Elsevier, the forum featured librarians from different colleges and universities in the ASEAN region as resource speakers. Eight librarians from various universities represented the Philippines.

            Among the many topics discussed in the gathering were e-Books at ECU: A Positive Journey So Far, But We Have A Dream!, by Jan Rutherford, Associate University Librarian of Edith Cowan University, Australia; Best Practices in Encouraging eBooks Usage  Among Patrons: Encouraging e-Books Use the La Salle Health Sciences Institute Way by Efren Torres, Jr., Director for Library Services, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Philippines; How Users View and Use Electronic Books by Dr. Augustus C. Ressurreccion, Associate Professor, UP Diliman Institute of Civil Engineering, Philippines; and, Development of E-book Collection at NTU by Ng Chay Tuan, Head & Deputy Director, Acquisitions & Collection Management, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

            Key points from the forum beneficial to the library touched on how to fill in the gap on e-Books. Jan Rutherford of ECU and Ng Chay Tuan of NTU pointed out a separate collection management strategy and policy on e-Books.  The sharing among librarians of methods and practices in e-Book acquisitions revealed that most libraries fill in the gaps in the collection of e-Books through selection by student and faculty-users. On best practices in encouraging e-Books usage, most participating libraries use the social media, create an e-book gallery, provide research guides by publisher and collection by subjects. The promotion of these resources must be a shared responsibility of librarians, academic staff and students.  Librarians and staff must have the expertise in the use of e-Books to be able to train students and library patrons on their usage. Challenges to ASEAN librarians were analysis of e-Book Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) selections, metrics to measure Return of Investments (ROI) and e-Books cost per use.

            Participants were also privileged to visit the Singapore Management University (SMU) Library. SMU is one of the leading research libraries that provide ubiquitous access to information using innovative strategies to drive intellectual exchange and creation of knowledge.  One of its missions is to provide seamless access to information using innovative and leading- edge technology.

            The forum was a great platform for both librarians and Elsevier to engage in discussion on topics and best practices such as collection development, e-Books purchasing strategies and patron engagements. Elsevier sponsored all forum-related travel cost and accommodation.

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