When it comes to exploring new terrain, it always helps to gather insight from others facing the same kind of decisions. Currently, librarians are examining eBooks: the international trends, business models, and their own role in implementing eBooks at their libraries.
On October 4-5 in Bangkok, Elsevier hosted more than 20 librarians and library directors from Australia, Brunei, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. During the "Understanding the eBooks Phenomenon" forum, they were able to discuss the current and future state of eBooks, exchange experiences and build networks for future collaborations.
The program included several librarian-led sessions on eBooks:
- Strategies — Greg Anderson, University of Newcastle
- FAQ and overview — Aaron Tay and Cheng Ean Aun, National University of Singapore
- Library activities — Watinee Khemakarothai, Kasetsart University
- Collections — Amir Hussain Md. Ishak, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Attendees found the event to be informative and productive. "An inspiring discovery event for a regional niche of warm fellow librarians that shared openly their insights with respect to their eBooks collection development and users' reading trends," commented Lin Lin Tey, Principal Librarian, National University of Singapore Libraries. For presentations from the eBook forum, visit: http://asia.elsevier.com/eBooks2011bkk.