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Elizabeth mchugh

  1. 1. eBooks: Purchasing Challenges in HE BOURACH OR BONKERS? (MESSY) A PRACTITIONER’S PERSPECTIVE Elizabeth McHugh, University of the Highlands and Islands, for JIBS Event: “The joys and perils of Ebooks, we thought it would be easier!” 26/11/2013
  2. 2. Consider the following…  Location, location, location – where to find out if a book is available as an eBook e.g. Neilsen, Swetswise Library,  Are you standing on the right platform? How does the user platform perform?  How many people can you fit on an eBook? Credits, “single” or “multiple” users…  To download or not download – that might be the question… Downloading to mobile devices might be difficult Elizabeth McHugh, University of the Highlands and Islands 26/11/2013
  3. 3. Then think about…  How you credit it… - how many credits do you want?  Metadata for discovery – quality is important  Go big or go single - big deals or individual purchases?  Letting the users decide? PDA or Evidence Based Selection Elizabeth McHugh, University of the Highlands and Islands 26/11/2013
  4. 4. Not forgetting…  To rent or to buy – eBooks, as opposed to houses – if the course only runs for a short time or credits are due to be renewed soon  The cost of access – platform admin. or access fees, cost of Adobe Digital Editions  The mechanics of access: Shibboleth, EZProxy, Open Athens…  If companies go bust – what access will you have to your stock? Think about costs for Portico Elizabeth McHugh, University of the Highlands and Islands 26/11/2013
  5. 5. And finally…  Does the ordering platform work well?  What are their support systems and back up systems like?  How good are their reps? A good rep can be worth their weight in gold  Is it all about the money? Elizabeth McHugh, University of the Highlands and Islands 26/11/2013
  6. 6. So, what do you think?  Will it ever get any easier?  eBooks purchasing: bourach (messy) or bonkers?  Thanks for listening   elizabeth.mchugh@uhi.ac.uk Elizabeth McHugh, University of the Highlands and Islands 26/11/2013

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