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    • 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
    • Collections and packages
      • Title by title selected collection (teaching)
        • MyiLibrary
      • Publishers packages (research)
        • Oxford Scholarship Online
        • Academic Library
        • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    • 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
    • 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
    • Accessing e-books
      • Catalogue search
      • Moodle and Course Book Lists
      • E-books section of electronic Library
        • by platform name
        • by list (Reference section)
    • Disadvantages
      • ‘Spoon feeding’
      • Printing and downloading
      • Not equivalent to print
    • What now?
      • Complementary aggregators
      • Print = Electronic
      • JISC National E-book Observatory Project
    • 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
    • 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”
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • Contacts
      • Vonny Bee, Teaching Support Manager
      • [email_address]
      • Maria Bell, Law Liaison Librarian,
      • [email_address]