Simon Fraser University
20 203 FTEs
3 campuses (but single
site status – one
SFU Collection Information
Collections budget: approx $9.4 million
$2.2 million monographs
50% or more electronic depending on subject
Coutts/Ingram is our book jobber.
3.3 million records in Summon Discovery
Includes free and open access e-books
Directory of Open Access Books
Academic Library Market for E-books
Scholarly academic monographs
Dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopaedias, atlases
SFU Library’s E-books – Major Issues
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Third Party Aggregator versus Publisher
Simultaneous User Restrictions
subscription (lease) vs outright purchase (own)
Licenses –permitted uses for course packs
Growing usage of e-books at SFU
E-books increasingly being used for course
Added to Course Management Systems.
Not using the library’s reserve system to
create stable links – and accounting for off-
Using e-books from leased collections.
Frantic students report on disappearing
Leased collections and swapping titles
– monthly updating of records
Ebrary Academic Complete
118 000+ titles and growing (unlimited users)
Books 24x7 (IT and Business Pro collections)
22 000+ titles
5 simultaneous users (not per e-book)
SafariTech Books Online
25 000+ titles
8 simultaneous users (not per e-book)
Leased collections – stable/growing
and monthly updates
CRC netbase e-book subscriptions
SFU was an early adopter
Low subscription rate
Collections grow – but titles are almost never
11 CRC netbase subject collections:
ENGnetBASE, ENVIROnetBASE, FORENSICnetBASE,
Communicating info to end-users
Simultaneous user limits in the link text
856 field (z note) in a MARC record
|zFull text - Single user access.
|zFull text - Access for x simultaneous users.
|zFull text - Unlimited user access.
|z[Name of platform] limited to x simultaneous
199 MARC for leased collection note:
Leased collection. Future access is not guaranteed.
What happens when an e-book
disappears but is being used for a
We have mechanisms in place to purchase an
electronic copy if there is still one available for
purchase by an academic library.
If no e-versions available, we will investigate
and work with the instructor to find a suitable
What if there are 500 students in a
class and the e-book is limited to a
We have mechanisms in place to upgrade a
purchase to higher levels of users if the
publisher or provider has that option
Additional e-copies may also be purchased.
We will work with instructors to find a
E-reserves and Course packs
Depends on the publisher, platform and
License details at platform level.
Best practice is to avoid making a copy.
Create a link using the permanent link from
the catalogue record.
Library’s off-campus authentication is embedded.
If the website changes, the library will take care of
Use permanent link from catalogue at
the bottom of the record
Higher Education Textbook publishers
generally do not sell electronic copies to
academic libraries directly.
Some academic monographs designated as
textbooks by the publisher.
User limits (sometimes)