Patron- Driven Selection of eBooks - Safley

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Librarians at three different types of academic libraries will provide perspectives on their patron-driven ebook acquisitions programs. The shared collection development of ebooks at the CTW Consortium (Connecticut College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University) will be discussed as well. In their remarks, panelists will discuss the virtues and shortcomings of patron-driven selection, the vendors/systems offering this acquisitions option, and key issues surrounding ebook acquisitions generally.

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  • Patron- Driven Selection of eBooks - Safley

    1. 1. Acquiring eBooks on Demand E R & L Conference, February 2010 Ellen Safley, Ph.D University of Texas at Dallas Libraries
    2. 2. Focus of Presentation• EBL on Demand• ebrary Pilot
    3. 3. University of Texas at Dallas• The University was founded in 1969 from a research center. Originally only graduate students. Juniors and seniors were added in 1975 and freshmen were added in 1990.• Today, nearly 16,000 students. Technology concentration.• 36% in graduate school• 45 Bachelor’s, 51 Master’s, and 29 doctoral programs• About 20% of students live on campus. The Eugene McDermott Library
    4. 4. Selecting eBooksOver 600,000 eBooks are loaded in the library catalog.
    5. 5. Ebook History• Consortial purchasing –UT System 1999• Aggregated historical databases of ebooks (Early English Books, ECCO)• Direct purchases with EBL• Purchasing EBL with approval vendor• Collections of ebooks (Springer)• EBL on Demand• Ebrary Pilot
    6. 6. Customer Selection of eBooks— EBL on Demand • Project going for 16 months • Profiled for Customer Selection • Published from 2008 to present • Specified subjects/LC classes • Specified publishers • Set cost limit per book • How many uses before purchase • Did NOT load a massive amount of records • Established a deposit account
    7. 7. Usage by Subject Records mostly match profile• Social Sciences • H, J• All Technology • T• Computer Science • QA
    8. 8. EBL Model— Levels• Browse • Under 10 minutes $0• Pay-Per-View (Short Term Loan) • Set number of views before purchase • A percentage of the purchase price • Percentage set by publisher• Purchase
    9. 9. EBL on Demand—How It Works• Requested sample records• Tested profile• Began loading records in October 2008
    10. 10. 2,400 Records Loaded
    11. 11. Purchase Alerts• Purchase alert email• Fully catalog the EBL on Demand record--- – Overlay record with good record – Change local series to eBook library – Change location to eBook library – Add action note on holdings record indicating it was purchased as an EBL on Demand title. – Add item record which includes the purchase price.
    12. 12. Usage Patterns after 8 months Purchased, $7,67 1 14% of use Browsed, $0 44% of use Pay-Per- View, $3,074 42% of use Browsed, $0 Pay-Per-View, $3074 Purchased, $7671
    13. 13. Pay-Per-View vs. Purchase
    14. 14. Costs• Purchases: 126 books for $11,757.84 Average: $93/book• Pay Per View averages $14.04/book – Example: If the book costs $100 and the pay per view costs $15, we would pay $115 to purchase the book. – Total PPV charges are over $6,000
    15. 15. Publisher Distribution-- Purchases50.00% 47%45.00%40.00%35.00%30.00%25.00%20.00%15.00% 13%10.00% 8% 6% 5%5.00% 3% 3% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1%0.00%
    16. 16. Publishers—384 Short Term Loans45.00% 39.%40.00%35.00%30.00% 20.%25.00%20.00%15.00% 7.%10.00% 5.% 5.% 4.% 3.% 3.% 2.% 2.% 2.% 2.% 1.% 1.% 1.% 1.% 1.%5.00% 0.% 0.% 0.% 0.% 0.% 0.% 0.% 0.% 0.% 0.%0.00%
    17. 17. Ebrary Pilot
    18. 18. Ebrary Pilot• Deposit $25,000 for 6 month pilot• Selected from over 100,000 records• Selected by date of publication, publisher , subject, cost• Loaded 4,881 records Oct. 28, 2009
    19. 19. 40 eBrary on Demand Books Purchased 36353025 2220 1615 13 1010 7 6 55 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
    20. 20. Publishers of Purchased Titles40 3835302520 1915 14 13 12 1010 85 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 10
    21. 21. Summary• Purchased 132 titles in 2 1/2 months. 644 sessions, 10,235 page views, 986 pages printed.• $12,037 during Nov. 2009-Jan 20, 2010.• Average price $91 (EBL is $93)• Have had to delete records as selectors order print titles or direct order ebooks.• And All on demand selections are by our customers.• Should probably have duplicate checked records. 8 in paper, 5 ebooks
    22. 22. Questions? Ellen SafleySenior Associate Director for Public Services, Collections, & Systems safley@utdallas.edu 972-883-2916

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