Building an E-book Library: Creating a Platform for Everything

By Kate Davis and Bartek Kawula.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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The Scholars Portal Book Platform was launched in January 2010 to allow university libraries in Ontario to locally host their e-book collections in one location rather than relying on numerous publishers for content delivery. The goal of the platform was twofold: first to provide participating institutions with a means for archiving their digital monographs, and second to create a platform that, by bringing together e-book collections, would make it easier for users to access and adopt e-books as a vital resource in their research. This paper will discuss what the project team has achieved so far, as well as the challenges associated with developing a platform that meets users expectations, publishing DRM requirements and legislated accessibility guidelines. It will also address the challenges associated with accommodating a variety of e-book formats, models for sustainability, the current state of digital scholarly publishing and a glimpse into the future as seen through the lens of the Scholars Portal library.

Keywords: E-books, Libraries, Alternate Formats, Accessibility, Digital Technologies

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.143-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 744.149KB).

Kate Davis

Assistant Director (Collections & Digital Preservation), Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Kate Davis has recently been named the Assistant Director for Collections & Digital Preservation at Scholars Portal. Prior to this, she had been the coordinator of the Scholars Portal Ebooks project. The aim of the e-books project is to provide a single point of access to current e-books from a variety of scholarly publishers and digitized library material in the public domain. Kate has worked as a librarian with Scholars Portal since 2006 providing support to OCUL libraries for various SP services.

Bartek Kawula

Information Architect, Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Bartek Kawula has been working for Scholars Portal since early 2009, first as a Client Services Librarian and more recently as an Information Architect. His primary role has been to design the user experience of Scholars Portal’s in-house services and to develop new applications for OCUL members. Prior to this, he worked as a Digital Projects Librarian for York University Libraries.


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