Virtual Book Collection Question for Group
We have been working on evaluating our print book collection at Allina and we are investigating the issues around moving towards a completely virtual book collection.
We have added a significant number of e-books this past year from Rittenhouse (R2Library) and Proquest (myiLibrary), to an already existing collection of e-books, but we are still faced with updating core texts in print or not. I have seen discussion on the HLS-List and Medlib-L, but I wondered what was happening closer to home.
Has anyone moved to a completely electronic e-book collection?
Do you anticipate doing so in the next 3-5 years?
Are there gaps of coverage availability in the medical e-book market that you have noticed?
Are your e-books getting used? What are your usage statistics looking like?
What types of extra promotion have you done or do you think is necessary to get the word out on e-books?
Anything you might want to share on this topic would be appreciated!
Pamela Barnard, MSLS, AHIP
Allina Hospitals & Clinics