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  • 1. Tony HoravaAssociate University Librarian – Collections 21 September 2011Electronic resources at the University of Ottawa
  • 2. Introduction• Electronic resources are critical for supporting the teaching, scholarship, and learning activities of the University – in all research areas• Faculty and students expect seamless access from off- campus• About 60% of our Collections budget (which is 13.6M in 2011-12) is spent on electronic resources of many types
  • 3. University of Ottawa Library$14,000,000$12,000,000$10,000,000 $8,000,000 $6,000,000 Collection Expenditures $4,000,000 $2,000,000 $0 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Our collections budget has increased more than 60% in six years: this demonstrates the university’s strong commitment to investing in the Library
  • 4. An Overview of our DigitalCollection• 550 research databases• 24,524 e-journal subscriptions and 3,839 in print – we have cancelled print in favour of online whenever possible• 70,000 accessible ejournals• 405,000 ebooks in 100 collections (all subject areas)• Many other scholarly e-resources – e.g. reference works; streaming video and audio; digital maps; government publications; legal and medical research tools
  • 5. Collection overview• Funds are allocated for major interdisciplinary electronic resources (ejournal collections, research databases, etc)• Funds are also allocated to each library, according to an internal formula• Each library determines its own portfolio of journals, books, and other resources• For each discipline, there is a subject librarian managing the specific collection• There is close collaboration between librarians and faculty to develop the collection• And close collaboration between librarians and across our libraries (interdisciplinarity of research)
  • 6. Consortial dimension• We are members of several consortia:• National, provincial, program-based, and language- based• We license about 150 e-resources products via consortia (ejournal collections; ebook collections; research databases; primary source materials; business information; government information)• Approximately 35% of our total acquisition expenditures are for consortial agreements
  • 7. Consortia (continued)• Includes key resources such as: Elsevier Science Direct; Springer Link; IEEE Library; Wiley Interscience; Royal Society of Chemistry; Scopus; Web of Science.• Each member receives the negotiated offer and decides whether to participate in the deal, or not.• Consortia offer many advantages: – Significant cost-savings: bargaining power – Multi-year agreements: cost predictability – Negotiation, license management, and invoicing: handled centrally – Staff expertise benefits all members of a consortium
  • 8. A few key strategies…• Expanding our ebook collection as much as possible;• Employing technological workflows with vendors to streamline ordering, receiving, and processing tasks• Replacing print journal subscriptions with electronic;• Effective negotiations with publishers and vendors re pricing & terms for digital content• Using consortial buying power whenever appropriate• Adopting strategic initiatives such as digitizing our dissertations and our French-language materials
  • 9. Key tools used to manage electronic resources SFX – Verde - Link ERMS resolver Millenium Acquisitions Shared driveThese tools are integrated into the acquisitions process and workflows.
  • 10. Thank You !Tony Horavathorava@uottawa.ca(613) 562-5800 ext3645