E-Book Management: A Multiple Access Points Approach
Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries
Currently no dedicated electronic-books (e-books) management system exists that effectively and consistently searches across different e-book databases. The University of South Alabama Biomedical Library has explored multiple ways to improve accessibility to its e-book collection, including federated search engines, WorldCat Local QuickStart, an Electronic Resource Management system, the online catalog, and alphabetical/subject lists.
Despite exploring numerous tools and approaches, biomedical librarians have yet to discover a single process to effectively and efficiently manage their e-book collection. Therefore, multiple methods are employed, including enabling title searches by uploading the e-book collection to Serials Solutions, listing e-books by subject and alphabetically, using WebFeat for cross-platform content searching, and employing location limits for e-books in the online catalog.
Although requiring disparate tools and methods, a multiple access points approach has currently proven the best e-book management system for the Biomedical Library's patrons.
Li, Jie; Robertson, Justin; Wright, Andrea L.; and Britton, Robert M., "E-Book Management: A Multiple Access Points Approach" (2012). University Faculty and Staff Publications. 20.