Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2007

Abstract

This article examines access to electronic books as provided on theWeb sites of academic libraries in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Our goal was to discover the ways in which that access occurs and to analyze the merit of the various approaches. We found some common barriers to access, as well as many cases of exemplary access. Many libraries could improve access to e-books by providing guidance to the content of e-book packages, by including the word “book” in links from the homepage to the pages that provide e-books, by providing a one-step limit to e-books in the catalog, by explaining which types of resources are available through search structures outside the catalog, and by featuring e-books in library publicity and instruction.

Comments

Originally published in College and Research Libraries, 68, no. 1 (2007): 45–58, by American Library Association.

Copyright Owner

Andrea Dinkelman and Kristine Stacy-Bates

Language

English

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