If you are going to use the e-collar I would recommend finding a top notch mentor to help you as it is a tool that can really mess up a dog used improperly
Unfortunately I don't have any meaningful access to trainers.
I've been going through Steven Lindsay's 3-volume Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training
(http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Applied-Behavior-Training-Vol/dp/0813807387/). It has good information on training procedures, but to be honest it is mostly a dog behavior text. It goes into the gory details of the whats and whys of dog psychology, relevant research, and real-world examples. He is in favor of e-collars, from the perspective of kindness and building a strong human-dog bond. If a person has the patience to study it, it is very much worth the effort.
I consider it foundational knowledge. Undertaking dog training as I am is to learn and understand the underlying principles before applying cookbook training recipes, if that makes any sense.
I've had occasion to cover some sports psychology and personnel management recently too (e.g., http://www.amazon.com/One-Minute-Manager-Kenneth-Blanchard/dp/0688014291/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390154320&sr=1-1&keywords=one+minute+manager
). The parallels with dog psychology are almost scary.
But anyway, my main dog training deficits are about the specifics - the equipment, the protocols, the precise end goal, etc. I really appreciate the help available here.