Slides of the NISO Forum “The e-book renaissance, part II” (held in October 2012) have been made available at http://www.niso.org/news/events/2012/ebooks/agenda/.
I found Suzanne M. Ward’s presentation, “The Ideal E-Book World: An Academic Librarian’s Dream”, particularly interesting.
Library patrons clamor for e-books. Librarians are ready and willing to provide their patrons with access to e-books whenever possible, but publishers don’t always make it easy. […] A collection manager from a large research library will discuss the current e-book landscape from a librarian’s perspective and suggest feature and service improvements to enable libraries and publishers to benefit and meet evolving user demands while remaining flexible in the new era of publishing, acquisitions and scholarly collection development. […]
From the limited experience I’ve gained so far managing e-book metadata, these two items are on top of my own personal wishlist:
1 – More stability of access (not take away the rights for over a hundred titles and make libraries delete their records and holdings only to announce about two weeks later that access has been restored…)
2 – Better management of deletes, i.e. a separate reliable file with the records that have to be deleted, and not mix them into one big file with changes and new records.