|Date & Time:||Thursday, October 11, 2012|
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
|Location:||Corning Museum of Glass|
|Registration:||Free! But please register.|
Lunch will be on your own.
Registration deadline: Friday, October 5th
|Funding:||This training is funded in part by Federal Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the NYS Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).|
1:30 - 2:30 Digital Textbooks: A Perfect Storm for Higher Learning
While not currently widely adopted, an increasing number of colleges and universities are providing campus-wide access to digital textbooks or piloting their use for specific courses. This presentation will provide an overview of a number of major local, state, regional, and national initiatives by institutions of higher learning as well as by primary and secondary schools in the U.S. and elsewhere. It will also profile select e-textbook platforms and features and the associated costs and benefits of digital textbook use.
Speaker: Gerry McKiernan currently has primary responsibilities for Collection Development, Instruction, and Reference and Research Services in Aerospace Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; Alternative Energy; Environment Sciences; Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering with the Library of Iowa State University, where he has been employed since April 1987. Prior to joining ISU, Gerry served as the Museum Librarian at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, and as an Assistant Librarian with the Library of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.