New Wine in New Bottles:A Hong Kong Library’s Perspective on E-books and 21st Century Serials Management

Bill TANG, Owen TAM, Angus LAM

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Abstract

The trend of “print to e migration” in libraries not only has no sign of slowing down, but also has spread from journals to monographs. How to effectively acquire, organize, manage, and provide access (new bottle) to this increasingly important e-book collection (new wine) of the library has been and will continue to be critical for libraries worldwide. It also requires libraries to overhaul and redesign their existing business processes and workflows, reassess the job profiles and knowledge of existing serials staff to make sure that they can meet the skills required for managing and servicing their e-book collections to library users.

From 2006 to 2008, the libraries of the eight government funded universities in Hong Kong were awarded a special grant from their parent intuitions and the Hong Kong Government to jointly acquire over 15,000 titles of English monographs in electronic format. As a member library of this special project, Lingnan University Library was able to enhance our e-book collection in a very
short period of time. However, it also demanded us to act quickly in redesigning our business processes at the serials department to cater for this sudden surge of electronic books. In this paper, we will discuss how Lingnan University Library introduced a series of “new bottles” such as organizational restructuring and automation to embrace the new challenges generated by e-books acquisition, the “new wine”.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
EventWorld Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly: Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage - Milan, Italy
Duration: 23 Aug 200927 Aug 2009
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ConferenceWorld Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period23/08/0927/08/09
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TANG, B., TAM, O., & LAM, A. (2009). New Wine in New Bottles:A Hong Kong Library’s Perspective on E-books and 21st Century Serials Management. Paper presented at World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Milan, Italy.