2016-07 – No Library Catalogue for Ebooks
Today I thought it was time to conduct a library catalogue search for the 55 publications I have published since 6 March 2014 and deposited at the State Library of Queensland and the National Library of Australia. An ISBN search of the SLQ & NLA catalogues revealed only 1 catalogue listing for 1 of the 55 publications. The relevant listing was for a special concept print book that was published called ‘An Australian on a Baltic Cruise’. The other 54 publications were published in the eBook format only. It appears these may never obtain a library catalogue listing. I am not too much concerned about this situation but the general public might – some of my eBooks are for purchase and if they were catalogued they could be viewed (for free) in the library. Some library cataloguing policies might need to be reviewed in light of this article so that Queensland and Australia remain at the forefront of the digital revolution.
As at 15 January, it appears the catalogues have been updated:
NLA (entries found via ISBN search)
An Australian on a Baltic Cruise (3) – [including 1 PRINT]
SLQ (entries found via ISBN search)
National Library of New Zealand