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Pru Mitchell
Education Services Australia

The challenge of cataloguing e-books raises a pile of questions. What defines an e-book? How many catalogue records do you need when a book is published in multiple formats? Is it the content or the container that is catalogued? Is it the catalogue’s job to link the user directly to their e-book?
The Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) has grappled with these questions and published a new Cataloguing Standard for e-books (2010).
This presentation will outline issues in cataloguing e-books, and attempt to answer questions school library staff ask about enhancing access to e-books through a standards-based cataloguing service.

Pru is SCIS Subscriber Coordinator Education Services Australia. She is a teacher librarian with experience across K-12 school libraries and a particular interest in technology in libraries. After many years as a subscriber to SCIS services, and as a member of the SCIS Information Services Standards Committee, she has recently joined the SCIS team in a role that supports school library staff to get maximum value from this national catalogue service. Education Services Australia was formed in March 2010 as the result of the merger between and Curriculum Corporation and has as its first object “researching, testing and developing effective and innovative technologies and communication systems for use in education.”