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  • I am going to give a brief outline of the current e-books situation at the NCSU Libraries I hope to ask more questions than I answer so we can try for answers during this meeting My topic is: Where are we and how did we get here. Raise your hand if you were here in 1999? Those who didn’t raise hands may never have seen these e-book readers [Hand out the Rocket e-books and Softbooks] The NCSU Libraries bought these to demonstrate the new technology of the time

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  • 1. EBooks at NC State A Brief Overview of Where We Are and How We Got Here. Orion Pozo, Collection Manager. 12/07
  • 2. According to Endeca What are the 3 Largest NCSU Libraries by Number of Items? Hint: D. H. Hill is the largest. So what are the other 2?
  • 3. Number of Items in NCSU Libraries
    • D. H. Hill Library - 1,110,181 matching items
    • Satellite Shelving - 421,415 matching items
    • Online Resources - 242,368 matching items
    • Special Collections - 37,030 matching items
    • Design Library - 32,428 matching items
    • Nat. Res. Library - 22,054 matching items
    • Vet. Medical Library - 21,439 matching item
    • Textiles Library - 19,580 matching items
  • 4. Number of Items in NCSU Libraries Branches Satellite D. H. Hill Online
  • 5. Number of NCSU Libraries EBooks by Vendor EEBO GPO NetLibrary* Others * Includes NCLive titles searchable in NetLibrary but not cataloged in OPAC
  • 6. Comparison of Search Results in Endeca and NetLibrary
    • Uzhgorod (or Uzhorod) is a small city in Ukraine
    • Catalog search retrieves half as many items (8) as NetLibrary (16)
    • Amazon Search Inside the Book – over 200
    • Google Book Search – 932 (36 Full View)
    8 16
  • 7. Does Anyone Use eBooks?
    • Use Index = # of Circs or Views / # of Titles
    • NetLibrary data (31,943 views / 44,176)
    • Print Collection data (191,092 circs / 1,272,713)
    • Time Period: January 1 – December 7, 2007
  • 8. EBooks Chronology
    • 1961 – Brown Corpus created
    • 1971 – Project Gutenberg conceived
    • 1987 – Eastgate CD-ROM hypertext ebooks
    • 1990 – Project Gutenberg begins
    • 1998 – 1 st eBook readers marketed
    • 1999 – netLibrary begins
    • 2000 – Microsoft Reader software released
    • 2004 – SONY Libré electronic paper reader
    • 2007 – Amazon Kindle e-paper reader