NISO Two-Part Webinar: E-books for Education

Part 1: Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn

Date: September 10, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

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Part 2: Open Textbook Initiatives

Date: September 17, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

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NISO will be holding a two-part webinar on September 10 and 17 to explore
E-books for Education, the nascent world of electronic textbooks and how
publishers, students, and librarians are dealing with these new products.

The most rapid developments in the world of e-books have taken place in the
popular market for fiction and non-fiction monographs. However, with the
development of new standards such as EPUB 3 that support multimedia and the
improvements in reading devices, the penetration of electronic versions of
trade books has advanced quite rapidly. The market for digital textbooks,
however, has grown at a more modest rate for a variety of reasons while
electronic textbook marketplace works through some very complex
technological, business model, and cultural issues.

Part 1 of the webinar will discuss Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn.
In Part 2, speakers will explore Open Textbook Initiatives. You can register
for either or both parts. There is a 25% discount to registrants of both

ABOUT PART 1: Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn

In Part 1, we will explore the notion of just what an electronic textbook
is. Are e-textbooks an interactive “courseware” website, an application for
mobile devices and tablets, or self-contained digital files? Or is there a
place for all of these and if so, how do they fit together and combine with
a course syllabus? Also addressed will be issues of affordability and usage.

Topics and speakers are:

* Advocating for Change: Open Textbooks and Affordability – Nicole
Allen, Director of Open Education, Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources
Coalition (SPARC)
* Open Your Books and Turn to Page 10: Getting Students to Use Their
E-Textbooks – Reggie Cobb, Biology Instructor, Nash Community College
* A Proof of Concept Initiative: The Internet2/EDUCAUSE Etextbook
Pilots – Monica Metz-Wiseman, Coordinator of Electronic Collections,
University of South Florida Libraries

ABOUT PART 2: Open Textbook Initiatives

Just as open access has revolutionized the world of journal literature, so
too is it increasingly being advocated in the e-textbook world. Part 2 of
E-books for Education will focus on the efforts to make textbooks
electronically available under free open copyright licenses as part of the
broader open educational resources movement.

Topics and speakers are:

* The Library Publishing Landscape for E-Textbooks – Faye Chadwell,
Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and Press Director, Oregon
State University
* Student-Funded Textbook Initiative at Kansas State University –
Brian Lindshield, Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, Kansas State
University and Beth Turtle, Associate Professor/Head, Scholarly
Communications & Publishing, Kansas State University Libraries
* Using Open Resources to Expand Access to Education – Molly Lindsay,
Vice President of Content, Boundless


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm
Eastern on September 10 for Part 1 and September 17 for Part 2 (the days of
the webinars). Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and

NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free connection as
part of membership and do not need to register. (The LSA member webinar
contact will automatically receive the login information. Members are listed
<> . If you
would like to become an LSA member and receive the entire year’s webinars as
part of membership, information on joining is listed here:

All webinar registrants and LSA webinar contacts receive access to the
recorded version for one year. You can register for either or both parts.
There is a 25% discount if registering for both. Visit the event webpages to
register and for more information:
Part 1:
Part 2: