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R2 pda 11 3-2010

  1. 1. Exploring Patron Driven E-Books in the Health Sciences: UNCG-R2 Pilot Lea Leininger, Health Sciences Librarian UNC Greensboro 11/5/2010
  2. 2. UNC Greensboro • Carnegie Classification – Doctoral Intensive Univ. I • 17,000 FTE Health and Life Sciences • Over 3,500 FTE students in Nursing, Bio, CSD, Public Health, NTR, etc. • Online and distance education programs
  3. 3. R2 Digital Library – Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. • Medicine, Nursing, Allied health e-books • Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, McGraw Hill, etc. • Web based (not pdf) • IP authentication for off-campus use
  4. 4. UNCG-R2 PDA Pilot Test Goals • Use established library-vendor relationship to safely explore patron-driven acquisitions • Provide an additional avenue for patron input In short – make e-books available to patrons and let them decide.
  5. 5. Primary Librarian Concerns Book collection • Allow “popular” titles? • Allow textbooks? • Allow older editions? Money • Potential demand/impact? • Price Cap? • Funding source? Book image retrieved from: http://www.r2library.com/default.aspx
  6. 6. Pilot Test Parameters • 2 month trial – Mid-Jan through Mid-March 2010 • “Modified patron select” – Titles preselected based on subject criteria • Mid-project review of use and potential costs • Unlimited use, no obligation to purchase
  7. 7. PDA Titles Added to Catalog Approx. 700 MARC records were added for PDA No publicity (just routine library instruction)
  8. 8. Results Out of ALL 750+ R2 e-books (owned & PDA) • Only 22 titles had full text uses • The most used title had 48 full text hits 16 PDA Titles 6 Previously Owned R2 E-Books Used During Pilot
  9. 9. Purchases • 12 of the PDA titles were purchased ($2,698) • Prices ranged from $99-$499 (median $164) • Publication dates ranged from 2005-2009
  10. 10. Fall Update on Spring PDA Pilot Some books have languished… Some bets have paid off…
  11. 11. Outcomes Patrons had immediate access to a wide range of health and medical e-books Patrons used books that we would not otherwise have made available online • Consumer health, advanced clinical texts, etc. • Interdisciplinary
  12. 12. Lessons Learned • Safeguards are essential – price caps, periodic reviews, contingency plan • Vendor flexibility and responsiveness is important • A “PDA approval plan” could provide some safeguards and automate some of the screening process • Sustainable funding model? At least ask for a deposit account • Ongoing PDA projects? Consider retention when loading records into your catalog
  13. 13. Was It Worth It? Image created at http://www.wordle.net
  14. 14. Thank You! With special thanks to project collaborators: • Meg White, Executive Director, Technology Services, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. • Beth Bernhardt, Electronic Serials Librarian, UNC Greensboro My contact information: • Lea Leininger, Health Sciences Librarian • UNC Greensboro • laleinin@uncg.edu

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