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Ebooks At Swansea Uni March 2010

  1. 1. Ebooks at Swansea University
  2. 2. ABC - CLIO <ul><li>5 reference books purchased about 5 years ago </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The cowboy encyclopedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capital punishment: a reference handbook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media and politics in America : a reference handbook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil War America : voices from the home front </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World poverty: a reference handbook </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ebooks useful for quick reference </li></ul>
  3. 3. Academic Library <ul><li>26 books subscribed to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Relations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most published by Pluto Press </li></ul><ul><li>Links from Voyager </li></ul>
  4. 4. Netlibrary <ul><li>About 100 health science books outside the consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Over 600 paid for by Welsh consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Links from Voyager </li></ul>
  5. 5. ACLS Humanities Ebook Collection <ul><li>2,200 books, recommended by historians and other scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Published between about 1900 and 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>About 500 additional titles each year </li></ul><ul><li>Useful, although only a few books in heavy demand </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing number of users </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ebooks for Law <ul><li>Oxford Scholarship Online </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>erudite and esoteric books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>subscription for 2009 only </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Westlaw and Nexis </li></ul><ul><li>I-Law (Informa) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Several expensive books in high demand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>IOLIS discontinued </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dawsonera <ul><li>Offers over 110,000 books </li></ul><ul><li>Our main book supplier </li></ul><ul><li>About 150 bought </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for textbooks in heavy demand </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited number of simultaneous users </li></ul><ul><li>Quick purchase </li></ul>
  8. 8. Publicity <ul><li>Dummy books </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Netlibrary guide </li></ul><ul><li>Links from Voyager etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Ebook of the month posters </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ebook trials <ul><li>Palgrave Macmillan </li></ul><ul><li>MyiLibrary </li></ul><ul><li>Gale Virtual Reference Library </li></ul><ul><li>Etc! </li></ul>
  10. 10. JISC Observatory Study comments <ul><li>For certain books such as those compulsory to certain modules ebooks would be exceedingly useful as there are NEVER enough copies available. </li></ul><ul><li>Far too much reliance on ebooks; usually poor quality and hard to read. Limited titles for Egyptology. Horrendously expensive! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Awareness of ebooks <ul><li>Slow increase in awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Not yet at Swansea a “critical mass” of useful ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Likely to become more important </li></ul>
  12. 12. A History lecturer’s comment <ul><li>If an ebook can be ordered then that would be extremely useful. It will improve access and it’s something no student can hide! </li></ul><ul><li>English aristocratic women, 1450-1550 [print and electronic book] : marriage and family, property and careers </li></ul>

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