If you’re attending the 2015 ACRL Conference, be sure to add the "E-books and the Arts and Humanities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies" session to your event planner. You don’t want to miss this!
ProQuest will be represented on a panel with four leading institution librarians, for a discussion on how librarians can advocate for the research needs of humanities scholars, while also educating scholars on the changing nature of information in the 21st century.
Aiming to provide librarians with an understanding of how to make strategic decisions and build collections in the humanities today, the panel will present results from three user studies that address the preferences and attitudes of faculty and students in the humanities as well as the visual and performing arts. This session will explore how the user studies compare with the data collected through demand-driven acquisitions programs at universities, then evaluate this with the recent nationwide study of usage data in the ProQuest EBL and ebrary platforms, comparing usage across disciplines. The panel of experts will then share how to interpret this usage data and apply it to decision-making for collections.
The session will also dive into some of the challenges that faculty and students who use e-books have identified, and how they are being addressed by e-book content providers. Vendors and publishers similarly face obstacles and opportunities in developing and distributing e-books for the humanities, and the panel will explore the technologies that are currently available in e-book platforms for libraries, as well as technologies that are being considered.
With plenty of fun opportunities to network with your peers and more than 300 conference programs to choose from to help you stay at the forefront of the profession, we know that you will be busy at ACRL! But we hope that you will join us on Thursday, March 26, for this in-depth discussion on ebooks for the humanities.
• Stacy Brinkman, Art & Architecture Librarian, Miami University Libraries
• Jessica Evans Brady, Research and Collections Librarian, Harvard University
• Joe Clark, Head of the Performing Arts Library, Kent State University Libraries
• Sarah Buck Kachaluba, Humanities Librarian, Florida State University Libraries
• Sadie Williams, Director of Product Marketing, Ebooks & Workflow Solutions, ProQuest
Thursday, March 26, 2015
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Oregon Convention Center