[Eril-l] Temporary e-book access for distance-learning mode during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Steve Oberg steve.oberg at wheaton.edu
Wed Mar 11 19:52:26 PDT 2020

This is indeed excellent reading. Thank you, Billie!


Steve Oberg
Assistant Professor and Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives
Buswell Library | Wheaton College (IL) | +1 (630) 752-5852
Make an appointment<https://wheaton.libcal.com/appointments/steveoberg>

From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org> on behalf of "Peterson, Billie" <Billie_Peterson at baylor.edu>
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:24 PM
To: "eril-l at lists.eril-l.org" <eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>
Subject: Re: [Eril-l] Temporary e-book access for distance-learning mode during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Steve, and others--  In case you haven’t see this elsewhere, here’s the perspective from Kyle Courtney (Copyright Advisor for Harvard University, working out of the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication): #COVID19, #Copyright, & #Library Superpowers (Part I): #FairUse and Exigent Circumstances<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/kylecourtney.com/2020/03/11/covid-19-copyright-library-superpowers-part-i/__;!!LEf3jpjHhfEyFKU!Os4BW8HhSiynakjepo9Aqsoa60YQiwt7NWHnfMA3uev8mz9vh3E8fL79s7-i7AcEH0ZSKw$>. Well worth the read. –brp

Billie Peterson-Lugo (Ms.)
Associate Professor/Assistant Vice President
Digital Library Services & Systems
Library & Academic Technology Services
Baylor University Libraries
254.710.2344 | billie_peterson at baylor.edu<mailto:billie_peterson at baylor.edu>


From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org> On Behalf Of Steve Oberg
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:13 PM
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We are in a similar situation (no surprise, Colorado College and Wheaton College (IL) seem to have some similarities). I don’t have an answer for humanities or fiction ebooks, although we have some Project Muse collections. We are contingency planning here as well and this includes all kinds of things, not just how/whether/if there is provision of physical books. Think also of ILL and how that might complicate things in terms of disinfecting, etc.

One concern I have is the idea expressed here at a higher administrative level that we can just scan print books into our LMS (Schoology). The concern is not just, um, who’s going to do that work, but copyright concerns as well. If anyone has thoughts on that aspect, it’d be good to receive them.

Thanks for starting this thread, Diane. I checked ALA yesterday and what I could find for this situation is at http://www.ala.org/tools/atoz/pandemic-preparedness<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http*3A*2F*2Fwww.ala.org*2Ftools*2Fatoz*2Fpandemic-preparedness&data=01*7C01*7CBillie_Peterson*40baylor.edu*7Cbf7ed11d21904c56675708d7c5df6caa*7C22d2fb35256a459bbcf4dc23d42dc0a4*7C0&sdata=eH4va0hrvDFX8tuPCULi*2BUQwjI9FVfOKp7ua1J0KrhU*3D&reserved=0__;JSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSU!!LEf3jpjHhfEyFKU!Os4BW8HhSiynakjepo9Aqsoa60YQiwt7NWHnfMA3uev8mz9vh3E8fL79s7-i7Aez03l8EA$>, but there is so much more to the situation that is uncertain for libraries.


Steve Oberg
Assistant Professor and Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives
Buswell Library | Wheaton College (IL) | +1 (630) 752-5852
Make an appointment<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https*3A*2F*2Fwheaton.libcal.com*2Fappointments*2Fsteveoberg&data=01*7C01*7CBillie_Peterson*40baylor.edu*7Cbf7ed11d21904c56675708d7c5df6caa*7C22d2fb35256a459bbcf4dc23d42dc0a4*7C0&sdata=*2B87PgMbJWeb*2F5u60ajhNhlHULw8TZ9HWjarZbdDOSEE*3D&reserved=0__;JSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSU!!LEf3jpjHhfEyFKU!Os4BW8HhSiynakjepo9Aqsoa60YQiwt7NWHnfMA3uev8mz9vh3E8fL79s7-i7AdAwL8BjA$>

From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org<mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org>> on behalf of Diane Westerfield <dwesterfield at coloradocollege.edu<mailto:dwesterfield at coloradocollege.edu>>
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:53 AM
To: "eril-l at lists.eril-l.org<mailto:eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>" <eril-l at lists.eril-l.org<mailto:eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>>
Subject: [Eril-l] Temporary e-book access for distance-learning mode during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hi all,

I wanted to broach the subject of campuses closing because of COVID-19 concerns, and how libraries are going to support distance learning.

My institution is a small residential liberal arts college. Our patrons have a preference for print books, at least for reading in depth. We are not really set up for unplanned distance learning, but here we are. https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/coronavirus/<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https*3A*2F*2Furldefense.com*2Fv3*2F__https*3A*2Fwww.coloradocollege.edu*2Fother*2Fcoronavirus*2F__*3B!!LEf3jpjHhfEyFKU!NP_Z3g_9dAEiNpih_n4TUQPYymllIUSlTwTY153X9WjHioQ_9zSG1jHbrt1HcGKvXFfv3w*24&data=01*7C01*7CBillie_Peterson*40baylor.edu*7Cbf7ed11d21904c56675708d7c5df6caa*7C22d2fb35256a459bbcf4dc23d42dc0a4*7C0&sdata=A3nLSmiRIbVs9FgS5qUfuLqn5cKM8O*2BjcROooeOQYSA*3D&reserved=0__;JSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSU!!LEf3jpjHhfEyFKU!Os4BW8HhSiynakjepo9Aqsoa60YQiwt7NWHnfMA3uev8mz9vh3E8fL79s7-i7AclFDzC6w$>

So my question is, how can we fill the gap for a month or three for books? We do have a lot of ebooks, but I can’t think of anything we have for modern literature/fiction (the only fiction ebooks are in special historical sets like Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Early English Books Online). We’re somewhat light on humanities, compared to all the science and social science e-books we get from Springer and Elsevier. Are there vendors who can serve fiction ebooks in an EZ Proxy/single-sign on environment? Who is good for humanities e-books?

On a side note - we have a few Project Gutenberg titles in our catalog. I’ve just asked our lead cataloger if we can update the MARC records; at least we can have out-of-copyright full text works linked from our catalog. This would flesh out the 1800s and early 1900s literature somewhat. We can also direct patrons to Google Books and Internet Archives.

On another note: There may be an increase in requests for book chapters to be scanned so that faculty can post readings to Canvas. As we are heavily reliant on student workers for Circulation, ILL, and book shelving, there may have to be a reshuffling of library staff/librarians to handle some of this work.


Diane Westerfield, Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian
Colorado College, Tutt Library
diane.westerfield at coloradocollege.edu<mailto:diane.westerfield at coloradocollege.edu>
(719) 389-6661

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