Patron-Driven eBook Solutions:         Moving Beyond the Banana Books IncidentGabrielle Wiersma                           ...
3 PDA Models at the U ofColorado Boulder (CU) 1999 netLibrary – consortium PDA 2009 CU MyiLibrary PDA Pilot 2010 Integr...
netLibraryPatron-Driven eBooks?   That’s Bananas! Perpetual access 2nd view = purchase Additional simultaneous use = 2n...
That’s Bananas! Consortium managed Unpredictable expenditures Out of scope titles Selectors not involved Printing lim...
netLibrary 10 years later   Total expenditure : $208,817   Total netLibrary titles: 16,076   Total Accesses: 122,152 / ...
Top subjects, by title Business, Economics and Management - 3,009 Social Sciences: General - 2044 Medicine - 1418 Lite...
netLibrary Lessons Learned   Content still used many years later   All content vs. profiled content   High duplication ...
My iLibrary Pilot, Fall 2009-Fall 2010 928 PDA titles Deposit account - $20,000 5 subject areas: religious studies,  bu...
My iLibrary Pilot Results 25 titles in 6 months Less than $5,000 Average purchase price: $184 Average time to purchase...
MyiLibrary Pilot Lessons Learned Managed by selectors Opportunity to create new workflows for  PDA Proof of Concept
PDA Integrated in Approval Profile with Ingram-Coutts and My iLibrary 18 subjects receiving PDA eBooks 3+ uses triggers...
Integrated Approval Plan Results Purchased 69 titles Less than $10,000 Average purchase price: $140 Average time to pu...
PDA Purchased on Approval by Subject                    Womens Studies                        1%                          ...
Benefits of PDA Integration Profile Customization Title-by-title selection Frontlist v. Backlist Preventing Duplicatio...
Issues and Challenges How many eBooks do we make available? How long do we wait for a purchase? What do we do with eBoo...
Next Steps at CU   Expand patron-driven at CU   Patron-Driven eBooks with CU System libraries   Explore patron-driven o...
Lessons Learned Overall Power of Profiling Selectors need to be involved Streamline workflow Avoid duplication Managi...
Thank you!                   Questions?Gabrielle Wiersma                               Yem FongElectronic Collections & As...
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Patron Driven Ebook Solutions - moving beyond the banana books incident, by Gabrielle Wiersma and Yem Fong, University of Colorado Boulder

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Patron-driven is a popular model for e-book acquisition but its success varies by institution and implementation. The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries participated in one of the first patron-driven acquisition initiatives offered by NetLibrary in the late 90’s. One outcome of this patron-driven pilot was the banana book incident of 2000 which has now become part of popular collection development lore. This incident will be described more fully and will highlight the difficulties of establishing demand-driven models that are divorced from an institution’s approval plans. More recently, the University of Colorado has taken the lessons learned from the banana book snafu and has developed institution specific solutions for patron selection and use of e-books. This presentation will discuss strategies for integrating e-books into subject and publisher based approval profiles with Ingram/Coutts and the MyiLibrary platform. The presentation will also address the complexities of customizing 70 profiles that are a combination of print, e-preferred, e-patron-driven with Coutts and 30 selectors.

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Patron Driven Ebook Solutions - moving beyond the banana books incident, by Gabrielle Wiersma and Yem Fong, University of Colorado Boulder

  1. 1. Patron-Driven eBook Solutions: Moving Beyond the Banana Books IncidentGabrielle Wiersma Yem FongElectronic Collections & Assessment Librarian Faculty Director, Collection DevelopmentUniversity of Colorado Boulder Libraries University of Colorado Boulder Libraries
  2. 2. 3 PDA Models at the U ofColorado Boulder (CU) 1999 netLibrary – consortium PDA 2009 CU MyiLibrary PDA Pilot 2010 Integrated PDA with Coutts & MyiLibrary
  3. 3. netLibraryPatron-Driven eBooks? That’s Bananas! Perpetual access 2nd view = purchase Additional simultaneous use = 2nd purchase MARC records loaded quarterly Per Library cost = Based on Alliance membership formula
  4. 4. That’s Bananas! Consortium managed Unpredictable expenditures Out of scope titles Selectors not involved Printing limits, functionality issues
  5. 5. netLibrary 10 years later Total expenditure : $208,817 Total netLibrary titles: 16,076 Total Accesses: 122,152 / $1.71 cost per use Average cost per book as of 10/11: $12.99 Top 20 titles = 200 or more accesses 6,580 titles – two or less uses (40%) netLibrary bought by OCLC, lastly by Ebsco
  6. 6. Top subjects, by title Business, Economics and Management - 3,009 Social Sciences: General - 2044 Medicine - 1418 Literature - 1059 Computer Science - 852  2 Banana books top 100 access: Bananas, Beaches & Bases : Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (1990) – 203 accesses  The Political Ecology of Bananas : Contract Farming, Peasants, and Agrarian Change in the Eastern Caribbean (1998) – 102 accesses
  7. 7. netLibrary Lessons Learned Content still used many years later All content vs. profiled content High duplication with print approvals – 40% Trigger events important Controlling expenditures Workflow Balancing local needs with consortium goals
  8. 8. My iLibrary Pilot, Fall 2009-Fall 2010 928 PDA titles Deposit account - $20,000 5 subject areas: religious studies, business, chemistry, womens studies, and ethnic studies 3+ uses triggered a purchase Multiuser licenses, perpetual access
  9. 9. My iLibrary Pilot Results 25 titles in 6 months Less than $5,000 Average purchase price: $184 Average time to purchase: 95 days
  10. 10. MyiLibrary Pilot Lessons Learned Managed by selectors Opportunity to create new workflows for PDA Proof of Concept
  11. 11. PDA Integrated in Approval Profile with Ingram-Coutts and My iLibrary 18 subjects receiving PDA eBooks 3+ uses triggers purchase Add new titles weekly Monthly invoices for purchased titles
  12. 12. Integrated Approval Plan Results Purchased 69 titles Less than $10,000 Average purchase price: $140 Average time to purchase: 148 days Loaded approx. 3,000 PDA eBooks
  13. 13. PDA Purchased on Approval by Subject Womens Studies 1% Computer Earth Sciences Science 5% Science 9% 22%Religious Studies Engineering 5% 21% Physics Political Science 31% 1% Psychology 5%
  14. 14. Benefits of PDA Integration Profile Customization Title-by-title selection Frontlist v. Backlist Preventing Duplication Streamlining Workflows
  15. 15. Issues and Challenges How many eBooks do we make available? How long do we wait for a purchase? What do we do with eBooks with 0-2 uses? eBook availability
  16. 16. Next Steps at CU Expand patron-driven at CU Patron-Driven eBooks with CU System libraries Explore patron-driven options for articles and print books Explore purchase on demand and short term loan options instead of ILL borrowing New Alliance patron-driven eBook pilot?
  17. 17. Lessons Learned Overall Power of Profiling Selectors need to be involved Streamline workflow Avoid duplication Managing expenditures
  18. 18. Thank you! Questions?Gabrielle Wiersma Yem FongElectronic Collections & Assessment Librarian Faculty Director, Collection DevelopmentUniversity of Colorado Boulder Libraries University of Colorado Boulder Librariesgabrielle.wiersma@colorado.edu yem.fong@colorado.edu303-492-4316 303-492-4414

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