Document Type


Publication Date


Conference Name

NASIG 26th Annual Conference

Conference City

St. Louis, MO

Conference Dates

June 2-5, 2011


For many libraries e-books are now the preferred format in a wide variety of subject areas. In some cases, it is still a challenge to streamline their selection and acquisition since e-books and print books are rarely released simultaneously and there is typically scant information available on forthcoming e-books. In this session, Gabrielle Wiersma from the University of Colorado, and Sarah Forzetting from Coutts Information Services discussed their recent experiences incorporating e-books into print approval plans. Topics discussed included determining subject and publisher preferences, setting wait times for e-books, patron satisfaction/dissatisfaction when libraries choose to wait for an "e" version instead of a "p" version, selecting purchasing models including patron selection, and assessing outcomes.