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Evaluating eBook Offerings 2013



Presented at the AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) 2013 Annual Conference

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Evaluating eBook Offerings 2013 Evaluating eBook Offerings 2013 Presentation Transcript

  • Evaluating E-Book Offerings Ellyssa Kroski Director of Information Technology The New York Law Institute http://www.nyli.org @ellyssa
  • Takeaways • Benefits & Challenges of eBooks • Ways to Purchase eBooks • What Should You Ask Vendors? • What Are Law Libraries Doing About eBooks?
  • Poll
  • …are offering e-Books of academic libraries of public libraries of school libraries
  • Amazon now sells more Kindle titles than print books 33% of Americans own a digital reading device of some kind (eReader or tablet) According to IDC, 52.5 million tablets were sold in the final quarter of 2012 Over 22.9 million iPads sold in Q4 of 2012 By 2015, Americans are predicted to spend $3 billion on eBooks Why e-Books?
  • Poll
  • Tablets in Law Firms ILTA’s 2012 Technology Survey
  • Benefits • No Shelf space required • Instant Access • Increased Portability • Full-Text Search • Added Features • Enhanced Publisher Content
  • Challenges • Long Waiting Lists • Different Vendors/Interfaces • Different eBook Devices • Different eBook Formats • Different Access & Pricing Models • Publisher – Library Tension • Software Installation • Firewall Issues • Challenge of Mediated Loans
  • Purchase Options Aggregators Publishers Wholesalers Consortia
  • Major e-Book Aggregators • Overdrive – 1 million digital titles, 1,300 publishers, used by 22,000 libraries, schools, and colleges worldwide – LexisNexis Digital Library of 1,800 primary law, deskbooks, code books, treatises and other titles. • EBL – Ebook Library (Acquired by Proquest on Jan 22, 2013) – 300,000 e-books, 500 publishers 8,650 law-related titles • eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary) – 350,000 e-books, 8,000+ law-related titles • MyiLibrary – 300,000 e-books, 1,000 publishers, 8,000 law-related titles • Proquest ebrary – 70,000 e-books, 6,000 law-related titles
  • Major Publishers • LexisNexis Digital Library – 1,800 primary law, deskbooks, code books, treatises and other titles. • Thomson Reuters ProView – 431 law-related titles which link to WestlawNext • PLI Discover Plus – 1,600 treatises, course handbooks, and answer books. Access to transcripts of PLI seminars and downloadable legal forms. • Wolters Kluwer International eBook Store ˉ 100 titles in the areas of law and business. • Fastcase eBook Advance Sheets – Currently 50+ with plans for hundreds. All FREE!
  • Major Wholesalers • Yankee Book Peddler – 600,000 eBooks from Proquest ebrary, EBL, eBooks on EBSCOHOST , Gale, and a host of publisher-direct titles. • Baker and Taylor – eBooks from Proquest ebrary, eBooks on EBSCOHOST, and Gale, as well as many individual publishers.
  • Technical Requirements • Browser compatibility • Plugins or software required? • Device compatibility? • Are you using or plan to use EPUB? • Data metrics available?
  • Content • Scope • Number of titles • Number of publishers • MARC records? • Embargo period?
  • Functionality • Can User copy/paste? • Can User print? (is there a limit?) • Full-text search of books? • Download for offline reading? • Annotations?
  • • Single User vs. Multi-User vs. Unlimited Users • Individual eBook Purchases vs. Subscriptions • Perpetual ownership vs. ongoing access fees • Short-term loans • Patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) or Demand- driven acquisitions (DDA) • “Non-linear lending” • Platform fee? (Annual, one-time, etc.) • Title cost relative to print cost? • Free viewing period? • Minimum commitment? • Pricing discounts for consortia? Access & Pricing Models
  • Purchasing Direct from Publishers • Cleveland Law Library Association - LexisNexis • Cooley LLP – Matthew Bender titles through Lexis contract • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP - PLI Discover Plus • Con Edison Law Department Library - PLI Discover Plus
  • Highlighting Existing Collections • The New England Law Library - HeinOnline Legal Classics Library, LLMC’s digital books, and Oxford Scholarship Online • The University of Oklahoma Law Library - Gale Making of Modern Law Collection, Hein Online’s Legal Classics, LLMC’s digital books, the main University’s subscription to Proquest’s ebrary.
  • Purchasing eBook Collections Through Aggregators • The Florida State Law Research Center (FSU) & The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center at the University of Florida - joint eBooks program powered by MyiLibrary. • Hofstra Law Library - eBooks on EBSCOhost • Ava Maria School of Law - eBooks on EBSCOhost • CUNY Law School Library - Proquest ebrary • The New York Law Institute – EBL – Ebook Library
  • Accessing eBooks through Membership Libraries • CLLA Members - Cleveland Law Library Association (LexisNexis titles on laptops) • All NYLI Members - The New York Law Institute (EBL – Ebook Library) – Nearly 900 eBooks have been browsed since November 2012 – Over 350 eBook loans have been issued – One-third of NYLI member firms have borrowed our eBooks
  • Many Ways to Access Our eBooks Through our OPAC
  • Many Ways to Access Our eBooks Through our NYLI – EBL Portal Page
  • Many Ways to Access Our eBooks Through your OPAC with the NYLI Seamless Catalog
  • Many Ways to Access Our eBooks Through our upcoming Sharepoint Widget
  • Combining eBook Strategies • Squire Law Library at the University of Cambridge - eBooks on EBSCOhost & MyiLibrary aggregators and Oxford Scholarship Online, Cambridge Companions Online, and Westlaw Commentary. • Peter Rodino Law Library at Seton Hall - highlighting collections from Gale’s Virtual Reference Library, subscribing to eBooks on EBSCOhost and MyiLibrary. • The University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library - Yankee Book Peddler for eBooks on EBSCOhost, Proquest ebrary, and Cambridge Books Online.
  • Combining eBook Strategies • The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law - EBL – Ebook Library, eBooks on EBSCOhost, Proquest ebrary, MyiLibrary and key publishers LexisNexis and Cambridge Books Online. • Also Vermont Law School and the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University combining eBook strategies.
  • Creating Their Own • Massachusetts Trial Court Lowell Law Library - Massachusetts Court Rules and Documents (downloaded 4,500x in first year) – http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/source/mass/rules /ebooks.html
  • Poll
  • Further Resources • The No Shelf Required Guide to E-book Purchasing. Sue Polanka. Library Technology Reports. http://tinyurl.com/6o6qweg • JISC E-book Platform Comparison Tool: http://tinyurl.com/7ankb7e • Wellesley College e-Book Vendor Evaluation Matrix: http://tinyurl.com/6om7plj
  • Access this Presentation http://www.slideshare.net/ellyssa ELLYSSA KROSKI http://www.ellyssakroski.com