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  • 1. [email_address] Steve Ratcliffe Aberconway Library, Cardiff University
  • 2. Background
    • Library Review findings 2005
      • Shortage of reading list items most common student complaint
      • Pressures on space
    • eBooks a solution in terms of:
      • Relieving pressure on short loan print collections
      • Added value in supporting distance learners
      • Added value in supporting 24/7 access
    • Our view: eBooks supplement but don’t replace core texts
  • 3. Starting out
    • We had some eBooks already but needed to expand the collection
    • Bid for and received £50k from HEFCEW
    • Researched the market
    • Made a list of requirements
    • Concentrated on core texts/high usage titles
    • Outright purchase model
  • 4. Starting out – Cont’d
    • Concentrated on NetLibrary and Myilibrary, Dawsonera came later
    • Total of 449 titles from the two aggregators, 500 titles in total purchased
    • Liaised with Subject Librarians to produce titles lists
  • 5. Awareness and Promotion
    • Catalogue difficulties – results page
    • Wider lack of awareness of ebooks
    • Marketing:
    • Posters, guide, stickers on printed copies
    • Very small budget for materials
  • 6. Evaluation
    • No print circulation vs ebook data
    • Usage -MyILibary vs Netlibrary
    • MyILibrary titles used more
    • MyiLibrary 9412 accesses, 30 average accesses per title
    • Netlibrary 1543 accesses, 10 average accesses per title
  • 7. MyiLibrary usage
  • 8. Netlibrary usage
  • 9. Usage over the year (MyILibrary)
  • 10. On-Campus vs Off-Campus
    • 48% of access were on-campus – unexpected!
  • 11. Cost
    • The average cost of a single-user title was £80 on Myilibrary, The average cost of a NetLibrary eBook was £89.23
    • The overall average cost per access per MyiLibrary eBook was £3.18 NetLibrary average cost per access of £8.42.
  • 12. Cost per access (MyiLibrary)
  • 13. Cost per access (Netlibrary)
  • 14. Turnaways
    • MyiLibrary – Virtual turnaways. 470 in total across 45 titles
    • Netlibrary – 164 actual turnaways across 20 titles
    • DRM induced lockouts more of an issue
  • 15. Qualitative data
    • Convenience of use
    • Want more core texts available
    • Lack of awareness on access routes
    • Concerned about comfort issue – reading large amounts of text on a screen
  • 16. Conclusions
    • Appropriate title selection is key (evidence based)
    • Most cost-effective with larger cohorts and textbook based teaching
    • Access models are changing but need to remain flexible
    • Technology will change the landscape
  • 17. And finally…the hardest bit
    • Deciding on how to refer to eBooks:
    • e-books
    • E-Books
    • Electronic books
    • eBooks (the one we decided on)