[Air-L] Electronic Textbooks

gerrymck gerry.mckiernan at gmail.com
Sun Feb 5 10:06:52 PST 2012


Thanks for your posting Michelle !

Since late November 2010, I have been actively involved in identifying
and documenting major/minor cites/sites relating
to  DigitalTextbooks, first through my blog _DT > Digital Textbooks_

[ http://digital-textbooks.blogspot.com/ ]

and more recently through a Mendeley bibliographic database [
http://www.mendeley.com/ ]. This database currently
contains ~ 1,500 records.

While the blog is public, the database currently is not. However, I do
post the most significant cites / sites in Facebook; Please feel free
to 'Friend' me.

Within the next week or so, I will be reviewing the blog and datasbase
for resources to identify major themes for a library presentation on
DTs that I will give at the end of this month.

At this time I plan an overview of major platforms, major initiatives,
and library-related projects.

I will self-archive the PPT slides and let the list know when the
presentation is available.

BTW: If there are any institutions / organizations interested in
hosting / sponsoring a presentation / workshop on DTs, I plan to
travel to Europe in mid-September 2012 to give a workshop (or two) in
France and Italy, and could be available to present in other venues.

I also can be available to present in North America this Spring / Summer / Fall.



Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
152 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011

gerrymck at iastate.edu

On Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Michelle Everson <gaddy001 at umn.edu> wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I know this is a topic that comes up a lot, but I'm ashamed to say I
> haven't been as good as I should be in terms of carefully following
> discussions about this topic.   I'm now teaching a course that is all about
> becoming a teacher of statistics, and my co-instructor and I would like to
> discuss alternatives to the traditional textbook.  We were hoping to share
> some readings or web material with students that might give them some good
> ideas about the issues to consider when adopting electronic textbooks.  Do
> you know of particularly good articles we might share with our students, or
> any websites or even blogs that might debate the pros and cons of e-books?
>  I am also doing my own searching, but if you have particular references
> you are fond of, I'd love to hear about them.
> Thank you for your time and for any suggestions you might have!
> Michelle
> --
> Michelle Everson, Ph.D.
> Senior Lecturer
> Quantitative Methods in Education
> Department of Educational Psychology
> University of Minnesota
> gaddy001 at umn.edu
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