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Free eBooks for everyone:
a new challenge for the
University Library
© Middlesex University
Student expectations
| 2
Library resources are insufficient: …… It can be hard
to get hold of books...
© Middlesex University
Other ebook projects
© Middlesex University
The end of the library?
© Middlesex University
Keep taking the tablets
© Middlesex University
Strategy
…….the vision for the project is simple: students
will have the essential book provided fo...
© Middlesex University
Choosing a supplier
• Publisher-independent platform
• Offer a negotiation service with
publishers
...
© Middlesex University
Partnership
© Middlesex University
Planning and Implementation
© Middlesex University
Which modules are running?
© Middlesex University
Choose a book, any book
http://www.fotocommunity.com/pc/pc/display/22077920
© Middlesex University
VLE Access
© Middlesex University
Bookshelf
© Middlesex University
Read Online, Read Offline
© Middlesex University
Notes
© Middlesex University
Printing
© Middlesex University
Online store
© Middlesex University
Promotion & support
© Middlesex University
Review & feedback
© Middlesex University |
Usage Statistics…So far
Number of students in the pilot 4,995
Number of modules in the pilot 539
...
© Middlesex University
Students’ Feedback
Presentation title | 21
‘A big thank you
for the free online
books this year’
‘S...
© Middlesex University
Academics’ Feedback
Presentation title | 22
‘Amazing! Can my
students have more
than one Kortext fo...
Feedback on
functionality
 Wish-list
Developments to the
Kortext App
Usage monitoring
dashboard
Simplified download
proce...
© Middlesex University |
Next Steps...
© Middlesex University
Any questions?
Matthew Lawson: m.lawson@mdx.ac.uk
Paul Howell: p.howell@mdx.ac.uk
Jamie Halstead: j...
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UKSG webinar - Free eBooks for everyone: a new challenge for the University Library

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From September 2015 Middlesex University will be giving all of its students registered at its Hendon campus in London their own personal free ebook for each module they study. In the current academic year the project is being piloted with two Schools. The webinar will discuss the success of the project so far, our partnership with John Smith/Kortext and ways in which provision may develop in future.

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UKSG webinar - Free eBooks for everyone: a new challenge for the University Library

  1. 1. Free eBooks for everyone: a new challenge for the University Library
  2. 2. © Middlesex University Student expectations | 2 Library resources are insufficient: …… It can be hard to get hold of books that appear on reading lists as there are only 1 or 2 copies … NSS 2011 – free text comments
  3. 3. © Middlesex University Other ebook projects
  4. 4. © Middlesex University The end of the library?
  5. 5. © Middlesex University Keep taking the tablets
  6. 6. © Middlesex University Strategy …….the vision for the project is simple: students will have the essential book provided for each module. This saves them time and money and means their tutor knows that they have access to key materials
  7. 7. © Middlesex University Choosing a supplier • Publisher-independent platform • Offer a negotiation service with publishers • Accessible online and offline from any location • Integration with the VLE • Licence covers overseas campuses
  8. 8. © Middlesex University Partnership
  9. 9. © Middlesex University Planning and Implementation
  10. 10. © Middlesex University Which modules are running?
  11. 11. © Middlesex University Choose a book, any book http://www.fotocommunity.com/pc/pc/display/22077920
  12. 12. © Middlesex University VLE Access
  13. 13. © Middlesex University Bookshelf
  14. 14. © Middlesex University Read Online, Read Offline
  15. 15. © Middlesex University Notes
  16. 16. © Middlesex University Printing
  17. 17. © Middlesex University Online store
  18. 18. © Middlesex University Promotion & support
  19. 19. © Middlesex University Review & feedback
  20. 20. © Middlesex University | Usage Statistics…So far Number of students in the pilot 4,995 Number of modules in the pilot 539 Number of eTextbook titles in the pilot 344 Number of eTextbook copies provided 14,995 % of activated accounts (students who have accessed their books) 85%
  21. 21. © Middlesex University Students’ Feedback Presentation title | 21 ‘A big thank you for the free online books this year’ ‘Students like this method of making study books available, especially for multiple devices’ ‘I Love Kortext. It means not spending crazy money on books’ ‘I downloaded it and it’s there… whenever I need it’ ‘It makes such a difference having the essential reading online’ ‘This is a great scheme. I wish we’d had it earlier in our course’ ‘I have been showing off to my friends at other universities about the free books and free printing that the Library provides for us at Middlesex’ ‘Kortext is great’
  22. 22. © Middlesex University Academics’ Feedback Presentation title | 22 ‘Amazing! Can my students have more than one Kortext for my module?’ ‘Can Kortext include the homework / learning tools now provided by publishers?’ ‘Can the students on my module at our overseas campuses also have the Kortext book?’ ‘Can Kortext be used to monitor student usage?’ ‘Why are some books not available via Kortext?’ ‘Can my students have print books instead?’ ‘Can I have a customised book putting together selected chapters from books from different publishers?’ ‘Kortext is great’ ‘Why don’t the publishers give us better discounts?’
  23. 23. Feedback on functionality  Wish-list Developments to the Kortext App Usage monitoring dashboard Simplified download process More Epub 3 Note sharing across a module Easy printing Moodle plug-in Easy to use online, single sign-on
  24. 24. © Middlesex University | Next Steps...
  25. 25. © Middlesex University Any questions? Matthew Lawson: m.lawson@mdx.ac.uk Paul Howell: p.howell@mdx.ac.uk Jamie Halstead: j.halstead@mdx.ac.uk

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