As a collection development/management librarian, I’m very interested in how faculty and students think about library resources, and these days I spend a lot of time wondering and worrying about e-books.  In particular, I’m curious to talk to other THAT-campers about attitudes toward e-books (specifically scholarly monographs) within various humanities disciplines.  A few questions we might consider:

  • How could the e-book format change scholarship in the humanities (both in terms of the kind of work you produce and the way you use the work of others)?
  • Are there significant differences in attitudes toward e-books between humanities professors and humanities students?
  • What features or options would make e-books more appealing to humanities scholars and students?
  • Is the stereotype of humanities faculty as e-book-averse true?  If so, what are the reasons behind the aversion?
  • Do existing e-book business models have the potential to support humanities research and education?  What other models might work better?
  • How can librarians and faculty have a productive conversation about e- books in the humanities?

I’ve enjoyed reading the creative and thoughtful proposals that have been put forth so far and look forward to meeting everyone on Saturday!