What To Buy & From Whom?            Guidelines for academic e-book                       collecting                    Dav...
Loyola University Chicago• 16,000 FTE• 3 campuses• 370 students abroad• 1000 students solely online• Over 350,000 e-books ...
E-Book Sub-Committee• EBL Pilot in 2010• Numerous other e-book collections• Sub-Committee Members  o Acquisitions  o Catal...
Sub-Committee Charges• Document features of current e-book offerings• Develop guidelines for future vendor selection• Crea...
Vendor GuidelinesRequired• Proxy server compatibilityStrongly Preferred• Device neutrality• Downloadable content• Printing...
Vendor GuidelinesPreferred• Discovery interface & personal accounts• ILL & e-reserve rights• Archival access• MARC records...
Vendor Evaluation Chart          Criteria (most are y/n)          Subscribed or Owned                  Course reserves    ...
Selection Guidelines• Guidelines intended for subject specialists to make  decisions mainly on title-by-title e-book selec...
Selection GuidelinesE-format should be considered•   items often used in discrete segments•   provides added utility•   us...
Selection GuidelinesE-Format should be avoided• Does not accurately portray content• Incomplete or difficult to use• Lack ...
Selection GuidelinesDuplication• Discretion of subject specialist• PDA not a substitution for collection developmentVendor...
Questions?David Givensdgivens@luc.edu                        Tara Radniecki                     tradniecki@luc.edu        ...
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With the proliferation of electronic book formats and content providers it is increasingly important that libraries develop guidelines for the selection of e-content. The LUC Libraries recently undertook a project to establish a set of guiding principles or standards intended to better inform the selection of e-book platforms and individual e-books by those charged with making acquisition decisions. This session will briefly discuss the criteria created for evaluating platforms and the resulting documents outlining the library’s vendor platform preferences. In addition, it will describe the process of creating e-book selection guidelines, and the criteria with which title-by-title decisions should be made. We will also touch on future considerations for libraries, including the continued assessment of evolving e-book platforms and whether individual e-book acquisition is adequately meeting the needs of a diverse academic community.

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What to buy and from whom? Guidelines for academic e-book collecting

  1. 1. What To Buy & From Whom? Guidelines for academic e-book collecting David Givens & Tara Radniecki Loyola University ChicagoiACRL Annual ConferenceOak Brook, ILMarch 16, 2012
  2. 2. Loyola University Chicago• 16,000 FTE• 3 campuses• 370 students abroad• 1000 students solely online• Over 350,000 e-books in our current collection
  3. 3. E-Book Sub-Committee• EBL Pilot in 2010• Numerous other e-book collections• Sub-Committee Members o Acquisitions o Cataloging o Reference o Interlibrary Loan o Electronic Resources o Library Administration
  4. 4. Sub-Committee Charges• Document features of current e-book offerings• Develop guidelines for future vendor selection• Create collection development policy for e- book acquisition on both packages and title- by-title selections
  5. 5. Vendor GuidelinesRequired• Proxy server compatibilityStrongly Preferred• Device neutrality• Downloadable content• Printing options• Simultaneous users
  6. 6. Vendor GuidelinesPreferred• Discovery interface & personal accounts• ILL & e-reserve rights• Archival access• MARC records• Open url linking• Library branding options• Title-by-title selection available via YBP/GOBI
  7. 7. Vendor Evaluation Chart Criteria (most are y/n) Subscribed or Owned Course reserves Proxy compatible Archival rights Reading device neutrality In Portico Downloadable content MARC records supplied Printing Open URL compatible Multiple/Simultaneous users Brandable Interface for discovery Individual title purchasing avail. Personal account Direct purchase with vendor ILL friendly Purchase via Gobi Remarks/Notes/Questions/Exceptions Please contact Tara Radniecki at tradniecki@luc.ecu or David Givens dgivens@luc.edu for any additional information about the chart.
  8. 8. Selection Guidelines• Guidelines intended for subject specialists to make decisions mainly on title-by-title e-book selections• Strictly guidelines: subject specialists are encouraged to take their departments and disciplines needs into consideration.
  9. 9. Selection GuidelinesE-format should be considered• items often used in discrete segments• provides added utility• users need remote or simultaneous access• frequently updated materials
  10. 10. Selection GuidelinesE-Format should be avoided• Does not accurately portray content• Incomplete or difficult to use• Lack of archival rights
  11. 11. Selection GuidelinesDuplication• Discretion of subject specialist• PDA not a substitution for collection developmentVendor Considerations• Established relationshipOther Considerations• Requesters preference• E-format publication dates• Purchase vs. subscription
  12. 12. Questions?David Givensdgivens@luc.edu Tara Radniecki tradniecki@luc.edu about.me/tararadniecki

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