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  • 1. E-books in teaching and research: the LSE experience Vonny Bee, Teaching Support Manager and Maria Bell, Law Liaison Librarian British Library, Oxford University, LSE Study Day 30 th June 2008
  • 2. Collections and packages
    • Title by title selected collection (teaching)
      • MyiLibrary
    • Publishers packages (research)
      • Oxford Scholarship Online
      • Academic Library
      • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • 3. Advantages
    • Alternative to print copies of essential readings
    • Links in online course materials (Moodle and reading list system)
    • Remote and/or 24/7 access
    • Added functionality
    • Preview books for research or purchase
  • 4. MyiLibrary collection
    • Essential readings + MyiLibrary matching = 750 e-books
    • Single user access but no lock out
    • Content vs budget available
    • Future purchases to potentially include low(er) demand readings, out of print items, alternative to IDD
  • 5. Accessing e-books
    • Catalogue search
    • Moodle and Course Book Lists
    • E-books section of electronic Library
      • by platform name
      • by list (Reference section)
  • 6. Disadvantages
    • ‘Spoon feeding’
    • Printing and downloading
    • Not equivalent to print
  • 7. What now?
    • Complementary aggregators
    • Print = Electronic
    • JISC National E-book Observatory Project
  • 8. E-books for research
    • “ Researchers’ use of academic libraries and their services” Research Information Network and Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL). April 2007
    • New ways of working – changes in last decade in how researchers work
    • Used to working with digital resources, e.g. e-journals, official documents, working papers
    • Researchers are spending less time coming into libraries – working/researching away from institution
    • Less time spent photocopying materials
    • Use of ILL is either declining or remaining static
  • 9. JISC study
    • “ A Feasibility Study on the Acquisition of e-Books by HE Libraries and the Role of JISC. October 2006
    • In summary, librarians report wanting the following from their suppliers:
    • “ Current titles
    • Wider choice of titles relevant to the UK academic community
    • 'Reading list' materials, principally more textbooks
    • Flexibility in choosing between subscribing or outright purchase
    • Sensible charging bands or prices regimes
    • Multiple and concurrent access for users
    • Easy access to the host server for Shibboleth/Athens users
    • Provision that satisfies the requirements of meeting disability legislation.
    • A more systematic way of discovering what e-books are available”
  • 10. LSE and e-books
    • LSE student surveys show that use of e-sources is of great importance
    • Current e-book collections suitable for research
    • e.g.
    • - Oxford Scholarship Online,
    • - Academic Library (Pluto Press)
    • - Eighteenth Century Collections Online – classic texts
    • - SourceOECD
    • - ACLS Humanities e-books (HEB)
    • - Reference works, e.g. Oxford Reference Online, law reference works via Westlaw
    • - Making of the Modern World (via Senate House)
  • 11. Researchers at LSE & e-books use
    • Evidence of usage of e-book collections by researchers less clear
    • Perception is that under-used for research purposes
    • Large collections are available but titles are not all individually on Library Catalogue – less visible than print collections
    • Usage increases when e-books on library catalogue
    • Discovery is key: reported that use of 180 titles from NetLibrary increased by 400% once they were identified on the university OPAC with a direct link. (JISC. October 2006)
    • Role for librarians in raising awareness of titles held within departments and research centres.
  • 12. Contacts
    • Vonny Bee, Teaching Support Manager
    • [email_address]
    • Maria Bell, Law Liaison Librarian,
    • [email_address]

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