Ebooks and the future of College libraries in Cambridge
E-books and the futureof Cambridge College Libraries Thursday 28th February 2013 Sarah Stamford
Disclaimer What follows are my own opinions about issues affecting the future of Cambridge College libraries. . They are based on reading and observation, not any priviledged knowledge. They do not necessarily represent the views of the Cambridge ebooks Advisory Group.
Two issues for College libraries :the future of publishingand of the University
PublishingVolume of print sales rising but profits are in decline (Amazon)Explosion in sales of mobile ereaders (Kindle, iPad, Sony, Nook, etc.)Discourse based on trade publishing affects peoples perception of ebooks, including academics.Accelerated move to digital publishing (Note the CUP original proposal to withdraw credit allocation for print purchasing.)Academic publishers are developing own platforms to market ebooks (especially textbooks) to individuals (eg students)Revenue guarded via DRM.Aggregators getting less favourable termsLibrary sales valued but for non-textbook materialThis is ebooks as they are now …
Whats coming?Open Access monographs (OA-OPEN)More print on demandSmart ebooksChaptersTextbook rental : Amazon, CourseSmart, etcOpen Access textbooksAcademic pick and choose textbooksIssues for discovery and access.Whats the purpose of a catalogue?
Publishing futureMobilePersonalisedInteractiveSocial…. but how does this fit with Cambridge?
Cambridge librariesReport on Resources for teaching and learning (2008)Assumed a transition from print to electronic provisionCARET joined the UL enhancing potential for developing educational technology.Affiliation of F/D libraries to the UL - major opportunity to redesign library services. Will Colleges have input? Possible “Tripos librarians” for Natural Sciences and Medicine UL to begin copyright deposit for eresources this year UL new strategic frramework due this summer UL collection development policy under review UL to buy ebooks for research
Ebooks as part of your librarys collectionTogether, the Colleges have spent over £100k on ebooks since 2007.Do you Know what ebooks are available and where to find them? Know which are the most popular ebooks in Tripos subjects? Promote new ebooks to your students “where they are”? Target specific subjects or year groups? Use ebooks to promote your print library? Follow ebs@cam blog and Facebook page? Recommend titles to Faculty/Departmental librarians? Keep your library committee informed of developments?Remember, ebooks are a shared resource between all libraries. Theydont just belong to whoever ordered them!
Question time – ebooks and your collectionDo you check if an ebook is available before you order print? Do you see ebooks as − A nice extra to the librarys print collection − Replacing loan copies − Replacing a reference copy When an ebook is available, why might you choose not to buy a print copy? Would you hold off buying the new edition of a medical textbook in print if it was going to be available in e within six months? What about PDA for ebooks? And for print?
Ebooks and surveysResponse levelsGetting to the less frequent library usersWhat kit do your students use, and for what?What do you mean, “ebooks”?Compare and interpret responses over years.Let ebooks@cambridge know your results
The futureKnow where you are going. Think about the options for your library in the next 5 years. What does your College want?SWOT analysis?Have the arguments ready for your Fellow Librarian/Library committeeAbsent friends – spread the word. This isnt stuff we can choose to ignore.How should Colleges present a co-ordinated response to future change?
Were all in it together! Sarah Stamford Selwyn College ss614 Twitter: @Dymvue Blogger: Dymvue