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JISC National E Books Observatory - The Challenges

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Insert Name Job Title Contact Details Librarians are welcome to adapt this presentation to suit their needs, it provides a good overview of the need for a project and explains why libraries can not currently meet the needs of their students as the texts they need are not available. The e-books market and the UK Academic Vision for e-books
  • 3. The Vision
    • The UK education community will have access to quality e-book content that is of high relevance to teaching, learning and research across the broadest range of subject areas.
    • Flexible business and licensing models will support a diversity of needs, allowing users to do what they want when they want and how they want for education purposes.
    • All e-books will be easily discoverable and consistent standards will allow all content to be fully integrated into library, learning and research environments.
    • E-Books Working Group 2007
  • 4. Wanted: Textbooks!
    • There is a demand for core reading list e-books in my institution but these are not being made available and when I ask publishers why they say that there is no evidence of the demand and thus they are reluctant to make these e-books available. But if they don’t make the core titles available online then users are not as interested and therefore the level of demand seems low.
  • 5. Why the project?
    • Different selling chain
    • What business models? What licensing models?
    • Not sure what e-books are available
    • Who should take the lead?
  • 6. Why UK higher education has not bought more e-books
    • E-book pricing models are not satisfactory (64%)
    • There is too little choice of e-book titles (62%)
    • E-book access models are not satisfactory (53%)
    • We are waiting for the market to settle down (33%)
    • We are waiting for JISC Collections to offer better e-book deals (30%)
    • E-books are too expensive (28%)
    • I do not know what is available (18%)
    • There is no demand for e-books here (13%)
    • Affiliated/ external users are not allowed access (11%)
    • The technology is too complicated (8%)
  • 7. Is there any pressure on you to develop e-book collections in your library?
    • Yes 68% No 32%
    • If there is pressure, where is that coming from?
      • Librarians (54%)
      • Students (38%)
      • Teachers (27%)
      • Management (23%)
      • Researchers (9%)
  • 8. Roles for JISC Collections as a consortia in e-books acquisition
    • Seeking to get the best buys for the sector – national VFM role (87%)
    • Investigating innovative formats or purchasing models that are being offered (66%)
    • Buying resources that are essential in niche areas for research and teaching where the users would not be able to afford it without help (40%)
  • 9. Project Aims
    • license collections of e-books that are highly relevant to UK higher education taught course students in four discipline areas:
      • Business and Management studies
      • Engineering
      • Medicine (not mental health or nursing)
      • Media Studies
    • evaluate the use of the e-books through deep log analysis and to asses the impact of the ‘free at the point of use’ e-books upon publishers, aggregators and libraries
    • transfer knowledge acquired in the project to publishers, aggregators and libraries to help stimulate an e-books market that has appropriate business and licensing models
  • 10. Getting the bids in
    • Issued ITT
    • Persuading publishers and aggregators to bid
    • 11 bids received
      • some good some not so good!
    • Findings
      • Hesitant to take the leap required!
      • Not all publishers are ready to move forward and even if they are, a lack of strategy and coordination can hold them back
  • 11. Selecting the right e-books
    • Consultation methodology
      • at the time was looking at over 3000 e-books!
      • each institution is different
    • 6 bids = 136 books
    • The value placed by the publishers on these 136 e-books, with free at the point of use access, for all UK HE institutions (that’s over 2.4 million students and their tutors) was £2.08 million excluding VAT! The consultation process enabled JISC Collections to prioritise within the £600,000 funding available.
  • 12. Meeting Expectations
    • Want a core collection of e-books
    • Want good terms and conditions of use
    • Want the e-books on the platforms already using
    • Findings:
      • High fees to protect revenue
      • Lack of standards compliance
      • Aggregators platforms
  • 13. Licensing 2 blank 1 7 2 6 1 5 4 4 18 3 17 2 28 1 No. of responses Compliance with the distributed searching standard Z39.50 is: 1 blank 0 7 1 6 0 5 5 4 13 3 15 2 38 1 No. of responses Compliance with the Open URL standard is: 5 blank 2 7 2 6 0 5 3 4 17 3 18 2 26 1 No. of responses Compliance with W3C Double-A (priority 2) is: 1 blank 1 7 1 6 0 5 2 4 5 3 11 2 52 1 No. of responses Compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act Standards is:
  • 14. Licensing 0 blank 1 7 1 6 0 5 5 4 21 3 13 2 32 1 No. of responses Allowing users to electronically save parts of the e-books is: 1 blank 1 7 0 6 0 5 0 4 5 3 15 2 51 1 No. of responses Allowing users to provide access to the e-books via links direct from the VLE/MLE is: 0 blank 1 7 3 6 0 5 6 4 27 3 17 2 19 1 No. of responses Allowing users to incorporate parts of the e-books but not the whole e-book into a VLE/MLE is: 0 blank 2 7 0 6 1 5 0 4 4 3 16 2 50 1 No. of responses Allowing users to print out copies of parts of the e-books is:
  • 15. Promotion and MARC records
    • Quality assured MARC records
    • One stop shop for the MARC records – NEOCaR: (JISC National E-books Observatory Catalogue Records) will provide librarians with a single download process for the MARC 21 records for all the e-books licensed as part of the project
    • Promotional materials that can be customised
      • News of the day
      • What’s new?
      • Emails to staff / departments
      • Bookmarks
  • 16. Deep Log Analysis
    • The aims of the DLA study are to: • monitor, analyse and evaluate the usage of the e-books included in the project through deep log analysis techniques • assess, understand and report on the behaviours of users through surveys informed by the deep log data • analyse the deep log data for each title in the collection against the print sales figures provided by the publishers / aggregators over the lifetime of the study and for the past three years • analyse the deep log data for each e-book in the project against the ‘print circulation data’ provided by librarians over the lifetime of the study
  • 17. The future
    • Collaboration and sharing
  • 18. Thank you
    • Thank you for listening
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