E-books and consortia - HEAL-Link

E-books and consortia:
business models, access issues, etc.
Some ideas for a general discussion
SELL meeting, Fiesole, May 23rd 2014
Session E
Why ebooks in academic libraries?
 Students are used to digital information and portable
 The most important academic publishers are digitizing
their books
 Expansion of access availability (24x7, unlimited users, etc.)
 In theory:
• New editions easier to update than print books
• Attractive features: multimedia content, links to related data, etc.
 Maybe ebooks are more suitable for undergraduates than
E-books at CBUC/CSUC: consortial purchases
Started in 2004: 1.200 titles from NetLibrary
(now in EBSCO eBook Collection)
Nowadays > 17.500 ebooks
 Springer ebooks, including LNCS = 12.000 titles
 Elsevier ebooks, including textbooks = nearly 1.500 titles
 Wiley ebooks = nearly 400 titles
 Others are: Ebrary/E-Libro, MyiLibrary, Gale
 Recent acquisition
• Ebooks UPC: 150 titles (in Catalan, Spanish, English)
But ... are they used? are users/libraries happy?
Main issues involved (besides price…)
Huge universe of ebook titles!!!!
• In all disciplines/languages?
Formats (html, pdf, epub, etc.)
Download options / mobile device compatibility
DRM and permited uses
InterLibrary Loan
Long term access and preservation
Example of a very detailed list:
Business models and acquisition issues
 Directly to the publisher, or via an aggregator?
• Full collection, subject collections, title selection?
• One-time payment, annual subscription or temporary loan?
• On-demand digitization of selected print textbooks?
 Who selects?
• User: evidence-based models, PDA
• Library: traditional method (recommended bibliography lists, desiderata, etc.)
 Consortia ebook acquisitions
• How many copies of the selected titles must be paid in order to gain
access for all consortia members?
• Unlimited users available? Or limited concurrent users per ebook?
• Usage statistics
• Link resolvers, MARC records
Suggested topics for discussion
Technical issues
Business models
Selection criteria
Usage levels and impact on users
Núria Comellas
[email protected]

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