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The Ebook, The Whole Ebook, and Nothing But The Ebook: A Holistic View of Ebooks for Undergraduate Academic Libraries

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Presentation given at the 24th annual COMO 2012 Conference in Macon, GA by Sofia Slutskaya and Tessa Minchew. A bird’s-eye view of academic library ebooks, outlining how different considerations can …

Presentation given at the 24th annual COMO 2012 Conference in Macon, GA by Sofia Slutskaya and Tessa Minchew. A bird’s-eye view of academic library ebooks, outlining how different considerations can affect the decisions that libraries make regarding this format.

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  • 1. The Ebook, The Whole Ebook,and Nothing But The Ebook:A Holistic View of Ebooksfor UndergraduateAcademic LibrariesSofia SlutskayaCatalog LibrarianTessa MinchewSystems & ElectronicContent LibrarianGaCOMO – October 5, 2012http://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/6457180637
  • 2. Finding Balance
  • 3. Ebook Surveys• Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)• Ebooks - The Georgia Academic Librarians Perspective (Unpublished Survey)• ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey – http://www.ebrary.com/corp/newspdf/ebrary_student_survey_report.pdf• HighWire Press 2009 Librarian eBook Survey – http://highwire.stanford.edu/PR/HighWireEBookSurvey2010.pdf• Primary Research Group. Library Use of eBooks. 2012 ed.
  • 4. Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)
  • 5. Ebooks - The Georgia Academic Librarians Perspective (Unpublished Survey)
  • 6. E-Resource Acquisitions @ GPC• 5 campuses, so major e-resource purchases are committee-based & annual only• Trial selection in January/February• Trials in March• Decisions in mid-April• Adds/drops take place on July 1
  • 7. Ebook Acquisitions @ GPC• Ebooks part of annual process until recently – Mixed bag of purchase & access models• Early CY11: Tentative pilot of campus-level ebook purchases didn’t gain a lot of ground• Early CY12: Subcommittee formed to research purchase models and make recommendations• FY13: Piloting a PDA project with EBSCO
  • 8. Ebook Acquisition Models• Purchase with perpetual access• Subscription• Pay‐per‐use• Lease to own• Patron‐driven acquisition• Bundled with other content (e.g., print copy)• Bulk purchasing (i.e. a collection of ebooks)
  • 9. Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)Ebooks - The Georgia Academic Librarians Perspective (Unpublished Survey) HighWire Press 2009 Librarian eBook Survey
  • 10. Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)Ebooks - The Georgia Academic Librarians Perspective (Unpublished Survey)
  • 11. Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)
  • 12. Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)
  • 13. Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)
  • 14. Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)
  • 15. Ebooks in GPC Libraries: An Opinion Survey (Unpublished)
  • 16. Preference For Ebooks Over Print 2011 2008 48 % very often or often 51 % very often or often 32 % sometimes 32 % sometimes 20 % rarely or never 17 % rarely or never Reasons for Never Using Ebooks 2011 2008 I do not know where to find ebooks 47 % 58 % I prefer printed books 44 % 46 %ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey
  • 17. How important are the following ebook features? Characteristics 2011 2008 Anytime access 91 % 86 % Search 88 % 87 % Off-campus access 88 % 82 % Ability to download to 86 % 80 % workstation Multiple user access 83 % 81 % Zoom and scale 75 % 65 % Copy and paste 73 % 75 % Highlighting 70 % 62 % Printing 69 % 75 % Automatic citations 63 % 56 %ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey
  • 18. E-Resources Statistics @ GPC• Statistics compiled monthly & manually using vendor reports & Excel.• LibGuides used to relay statistical data, trial information, etc. to the selection committee.• ERMes used to manage: – Database information – Vendor data – Admin/stats URLs and logins – Payment history & renewal dates
  • 19. ICOLC• International Coalition of Library Consortia• 150 international library consortia• Created vendor guidelines for statistical measures (numbers of sessions, searches, menu selections, full- content units accessed, and turnaways)• Guidelines are not mandatory & somewhat open to vendor interpretation
  • 20. COUNTER• Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources• Standards to facilitate recording and reporting of online usage statistics in consistent, credible and compatible way• http://www.projectcounter.org
  • 21. SUSHI• Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative• Joint project between COUNTER and NISO• Protocol to facilitate the automated harvesting and consolidation of usage statistics from different vendors• http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi
  • 22. COUNTER v. ILS Stats• Both stats help assess usage of certain areas and areas that need more coverage• 1 charge /= 1 request or search• COUNTER gives a more detailed view of usage such as chapters & entries viewed• COUNTER allows more in-depth collection analysis and picture of cost-per-use
  • 23. Ebooks - The Georgia Academic Librarians Perspective (Unpublished Survey)
  • 24. To Classify or Not to Classify• Our Perspective: – Pro: Collection development & assessment – Con: Added time & effort for an item that doesn’t require a shelving device• Our Patron’s Perspective: – Pro: Some of them still use call # browse – Con: Confusing to patrons who might look for the resource on the shelf (we should always use a shelving prefix or suffix)
  • 25. Ebooks - The Georgia Academic Librarians Perspective (Unpublished Survey)
  • 26. Misc. Techie Issues• MARC records in catalog? – Provider neutral? Take what you can get?• Separate locations? – By vendor? By collection?• Item records? – Don’t circulate through ILS – Is it worth it just for display?• Local subject/genre headings? – Enhanced access for low effort (if using MarcEdit)
  • 27. What’s Next?• Address technical issues – No in-house programming expertise, so we are trying to minimize number of platforms• Learn more about patron perspective – Survey GPC faculty, staff, & student population• Create standardized collection development policy for ebooks – Address needs of all groups, internal & external• Step up marketing & training for existing resources – For both internal & external groups
  • 28. Questions?
  • 29. Slides:http://www.slideshare.net/tminchew/Sofia Slutskayasofia.slutskaya@gpc.edu678.891.3674Tessa Minchewtessa.minchew@gpc.edu678.891.3671http://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/6457180637

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