Bess Reynolds, Technical Services Manager, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Last week we had the pleasure of speaking at the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) education event: Going Digital – The Challenges of eBooks in Law Libraries. We discussed the current landscape of eBooks right now, the many vendors, publishers, and aggregators that are making these digital volumes available, the variety of pricing models employed, and criteria to determine which of these packages is right for your library. We tackled the current challenges and obstacles to be overcome by both private and academic law libraries interested in implementing an eBooks program. And finally we discussed what law libraries are doing to make eBooks available to their attorneys and patrons.
We then discussed an alternative option of accessing eBooks through a membership library. Ellyssa, who works for the New York Law Institute (NYLI), where they have just made 56,000 eBooks available to our members free of charge and Bess, who works at Debevoise, the first NYLI client to have integrated with the NYLI seamless catalog module discussed the benefits of leveraging all of NYLI’s eBooks to the firm’s OPAC. Now any law library that uses EOS and is a NYLI member can deliver a formidable e-book collection.
Here are our slides from the presentation: