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Unnatural Selection: E-Book Choices in a PDA Program from a Community College Perspective

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Unnatural Selection: E-Book Choices in a PDA Program from a Community College Perspective

  1. 1. Unnatural Selection: E-Book Choices in a PDA Program from a Community College Perspective Regina Gong, Lansing Community College Library Sara Duff, Gulf Coast State College Library
  2. 2. About LCC Library • Located in downtown Lansing • Staff: 11 FT and 12 PT (Admin, Librarian and Support) • Sierra (ILS) • Summon • ~ $450,000 print and e-resources budget
  3. 3. Collection Overview • 83,300 print titles • 236,500 electronic resources (full text e-books, e-journals, online gov’t docs) • 13,412 streaming videos • 4,300 AV materials • 115 research databases • 150 print periodicals • 19 iPads and 15 Kindles for borrowing
  4. 4. Collection by Type
  5. 5. Our Print Acquisition Strategy • Approval plan • Firm ordering • Standing orders
  6. 6. Our E-Book Strategy • Mix of subscription and purchase – Community college-oriented – Specialized collection • Demand-driven/patron-driven acquisition
  7. 7. Our E-Book Collection
  8. 8. Why DDA? • Broaden our collection • Experiment with just-in-time purchasing
  9. 9. DDA Program with YBP • Integration with existing approval and slip profiles • Customized YBP discovery and cataloging records • Multiple usage options • Electronic invoicing for purchased titles • Duplication control with other YBP purchases • DDA status in GOBI • Ability to run DDA with multiple aggregators • Manual DDA option in GOBI
  10. 10. Criteria for DDA Title Pool • Publication date from 2010 – 2013 • Only General Academic, Advanced Academic, Basic and Popular level titles are included • Only titles below $130 are loaded into DDA. Max price per title set at $130 • Single user purchase option (SUPO) preferred • Exclude title if a title doesn’t allow for shortterm loan
  11. 11. DDA Implementation • • • • • • DDA setup began mid-January 2013 Expenditure limit set at $5,000 Purchase trigger set after 3 STLs (or 4th use) Loaded 1,162 records as initial pool Feb. 1, 2013 No promotion or marketing New DDA records sent weekly and loaded into catalog • As of Nov. 6, DDA title pool is now 2,079
  12. 12. DDA Usage Results
  13. 13. More Usage Stats • • • • • 142 user sessions 5,081 pages viewed 14 pages copied 159 pages printed 5 chapter downloads
  14. 14. Top Titles 10 by Pages Viewed TITLE PAGES VIEWED Domestic Violence Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Information about Intimate Partner Abuse, Stalking, Sexual Harassment, and Human Trafficking, Including Facts about Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Forms of Physical, Sexual, Mental, Emotional, and Financial Abuse in Women, Men, Adolescents, Recent Immigrants, Elders, and Other Specific Populations (4th Edition) 1052 Trans : Transgender Life Stories from South Africa 481 Slot Swing : The Proven Way to Hit Consistent and Powerful Shots Like the Pros 287 Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies 285 Better Homes and Gardens Decorating, Volume 24 : Real-Life Decorating 276 Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, Volumes 1-4 156 Web Hosting For Dummies 135 Tesla : Inventor of the Electrical Age 115 Gangland : The Rise of the Mexican Drug Cartels from El Paso to Vancouver 110 Cancer : Basic Science and Clinical Aspects 110
  15. 15. Surprises? Title Pages Viewed Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies 285 Web Hosting For Dummies 135 Beer For Dummies (2nd Edition) 71 Excel Formulas and Functions For Dummies (3rd Edition) 70 SharePoint 2013 For Dummies 62 Outlook 2013 for Dummies 59 WordPress For Dummies (4th Edition) 57 Golf All-in-One for Dummies 46 Project 2013 For Dummies 38 C# 5.0 All-in-One For Dummies 33 Exploring Windows 8 For Dummies 26 Online Community Management For Dummies 18 Project Management For Dummies (4th Edition) 15
  16. 16. Purchases by Subject SUBJECTS SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPUTERS SPORTS & RECREATION FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS MUSIC BUSINESS & ECONOMICS PSYCHOLOGY BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHITECTURE MEDICAL POLITICAL SCIENCE HISTORY SCIENCE RELIGION PERFORMING ARTS COOKING LITERARY CRITICISM LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES E-BOOKS PURCHASED 14 10 6 5 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
  17. 17. Purchases by Publisher PUBLISHER TITLES PURCHASED Wiley 23 ABC-CLIO 9 Omnigraphics 5 Jacana Media 3 Jossey-Bass 2 McFarland 2 Harvard University Press 2 Continuum International Publishing 2 Elsevier Science 2 Focal Press 2
  18. 18. What our Patrons are telling us? • We like “For Dummies” titles • We like e-books on popular culture and social issues • We like to learn about computers and technology • We like to explore psychology and interpersonal, and family relationships
  19. 19. Next Steps • • • • • Continue with DDA program Expand title pool to increase DDA titles Add EBSCOhost as 2nd preferred vendor Encourage “manual” DDA feeds Analyze DDA purchases/STLs vs. print book circulation • More promotion of e-book collection to increase usage
  20. 20. Take 2: Gulf Coast State College
  21. 21. About GCSC Library • Part of the community college system • 9 full-time staff (5 librarians, 1 director, 3 senior library assistants) • Aleph • PRIMO
  22. 22. Collection Overview • • • • • • • Print: 54,098 eBooks: 31,740 eJournals: 36,860 119 Databases Streaming Video: 12,623 A/V Materials: 864 Video Games: 2
  23. 23. Acquisitions Strategy • Librarians do the selecting • Firm orders only • Additional Statewide e-Resources through Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC)
  24. 24. WHY DO PDA? Image via Lance Page / t r u t h o u t
  25. 25. Print Circulation Stats
  26. 26. What do students want, anyway? • Impossible to predict what will become popular • Rapid turnover of students • Demographics all over the place
  27. 27. Initial PDA Load
  28. 28. Small deposit = small number of records!
  29. 29. Evolution of Profiles 11,051 titles totaling over $1.5 million 9145 totaling over $600K 2917 at $75K 2612 at $260K 1880 at $180K 1529 at $149K 1318 at $126K 1052 at $100K 514 titles totaling $38K
  30. 30. About the Initial Load • Majority of titles in Business and Technology • Levels range from “General – Popular” to “Upper Undergraduate” • Profile has been culled to focus on specific programs
  31. 31. Results
  32. 32. Things to do differently • Don’t try to get this together the busiest time of the year • Give yourself room for things to go wrong • Have a lot of structure when building profiles • Increase communication
  33. 33. QUESTIONS? Sara Duff sduff@gulfcoast.edu Regina Gong; gongr1@lcc.edu

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