Clifford A. Lynch
Coalition for Networked Information
CNI held two sessions of an Executive Roundtable on “E-book Strategies” just prior to the start of this Membership Meeting; this limited registration event was wildly over-subscribed and this briefing will allow a wider group to learn what we heard from the participants at those sessions. Lynch will review the major themes that surfaced as well as the opportunities and challenges presented by e-books.
E-books are being deployed at scale; libraries are acquiring them as significant parts of their collections and textbooks are moving to digital formats in a variety of settings and models. At the Roundtable, we explored the myriad questions that these new directions raise for institutions, the strategies that institutions are using to make choices among the paths available, the stakeholders involved, and the new programs and projects that our members are planning or have implemented.