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    • Exploring Patron Driven E-Books in the Health Sciences: UNCG-R2 Pilot
      Lea Leininger, Health Sciences Librarian
      UNC Greensboro
      11/5/2010
    • UNC Greensboro
      Carnegie Classification – Doctoral Intensive Univ. I
      17,000 FTE
      Health and Life Sciences
      Over 3,500 FTE students in Nursing, Bio, CSD, Public Health, NTR, etc.
      Online and distance education programs
    • R2 Digital Library – Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc.
      Medicine, Nursing, Allied health e-books
      Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, McGraw Hill, etc.
      Web based (not pdf)
      IP authentication for off-campus use
    • UNCG-R2 PDA Pilot Test Goals
      Use established library-vendor relationship to safely explore patron-driven acquisitions
      Provide an additional avenue for patron input
      In short – make e-books available to patrons and let them decide.
    • Primary Librarian Concerns
      Book collection
      Allow “popular” titles?
      Allow textbooks?
      Allow older editions?
      Money
      Potential demand/impact?
      Price Cap?
      Funding source?
      Book image retrieved from: http://www.r2library.com/default.aspx
    • Pilot Test Parameters
      2 month trial – Mid-Jan through Mid-March 2010
      “Modified patron select” – Titles preselected based on subject criteria
      Mid-project review of use and potential costs
      Unlimited use, no obligation to purchase
    • PDA Titles Added to Catalog
      Approx. 700 MARC records were added for PDA
      No publicity (just routine library instruction)
    • Results
      Out of ALL 750+ R2 e-books (owned & PDA)
      Only 22 titles had full text uses
      The most used title had 48 full text hits
    • Purchases
      12 of the PDA titles were purchased ($2,698)
      Prices ranged from $99-$499 (median $164)
      Publication dates ranged from 2005-2009
    • Fall Update on Spring PDA Pilot
      Some books have languished…
      Some bets have paid off…
    • Outcomes
      Patrons had immediate access to a wide range of health and medical e-books
      Patrons used books that we would not otherwise have made available online
      Consumer health, advanced clinical texts, etc.
      Interdisciplinary
    • Lessons Learned
      Safeguards are essential – price caps, periodic reviews, contingency plan
      Vendor flexibility and responsiveness is important
      A “PDA approval plan” could provide some safeguards and automate some of the screening process
      Sustainable funding model? At least ask for a deposit account
      Ongoing PDA projects? Consider retention when loading records into your catalog
    • Was It Worth It?
      Image created at http://www.wordle.net
    • Thank You!
      With special thanks to project collaborators:
      Meg White, Executive Director, Technology Services, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc.
      Beth Bernhardt, Electronic Serials Librarian, UNC Greensboro
      My contact information:
      Lea Leininger, Health Sciences Librarian
      UNC Greensboro
      laleinin@uncg.edu