We are pleased to announced that Sacred Heart patrons now have access to a wonderful collection of theological e-books through the TLELP consortium. The Theological Libraries E-book Lending Project is an exciting cooperative adventure in which each participating library has licensing agreements with publishers that allow us to purchase our own e-books, and loan them to consortial members.
Sacred Heart students, faculty, and staff can use their SH login information to access the collection. More details about using the collection are in our LibGuide.
TLELP was launched in July 2016 by 13 ATLA libraries. According to Donna Campbell, project leader and technical services/systems librarian at Westminster Theological Seminary, “Libraries have the ability to buy e-books on a title-by-title basis rather than huge packages.” One item that makes TLELP unique is that the publishers are allowing member libraries to loan their e-books within the consortium, an almost-unheard-of development at this stage of the digital game.
It was a busy and robust time in Charlotte for theological libraries. After all, with the NASCAR headquarters 1 block from the hotel, what could the theme be but “Theological Libraries: The Speed of Change”.
Among the many sessions I attended, the ones that will have the most impact here at SHST included the 1/2 day workshop led by Kevin L. Smith, M.L.S., J.D., Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications, Duke University (“Copyright Law Inside Out — A Participant-Driven Workshop”); and “E-books: Nuts and Bolts”, with Patsy Yang and Matthew Thiesen from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. And, for the first time, I participated in the poster session, with “I Love What You’ve Done With The Place!”, demonstrating the make-over which created the Lux Center from an under-used section of the reference area.
In our small theological library, the question of ebooks management seems somewhat distant. The format is not available for much of our interest areas and our patrons don’t ask for them. But the world of a state university in California and others like it appears to be much different. San Jose State University is spending 85% of their materials budget on e-resources. They saw a 200% increase in ebook searching last year and each of their ebook titles has averaged 7 uses. I have heard other libraries speak of moving most of their print resources to storage. Is the library without physical books closer to reality than I thought?
Blackboard, D2L, Moodle–the LMS is making a difference in the resources students use, or at least in what they choose to check on a regular basis. Librarians shared that students don’t check email anymore; they go straight to Blackboard to find out what they need to know. Related to this reliance on the LMS is the redundancy of having the same materials available on e-reserves that are loaded onto an instructor’s Moodle site. Libraries are saving themselves the work of setting up and maintaining e-reserves and instead offering faculty the resources to help them make these materials available on their LMS course pages. Then we worry about copyright compliance. A session I attended was entitled “Confounded by Copyright?” A real present danger, I say.