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One at a Time: Recent Experiences in Ebook Title Selection for an Art and Design School Library


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Sarah Falls presentation at the "How do we shelve it? The place for Vendor-provided electronic titles in art and architecture collections" session at the VRA + ARLIS/NA 2nd Joint Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

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One at a Time: Recent Experiences in Ebook Title Selection for an Art and Design School Library

  1. 1. One at a Time: Recent Experiences in Ebook Title Selection for an Art and Design School LibraryARLIS-NA/VRA Joint ConferenceMinneapolis 2011<br />Sarah Falls<br />Director of the Library<br />New York School of Interior Design<br />March 26, 2011<br /><br />
  2. 2. Ebooks sold by library vendors such as Ebrary, NetLibrary and others<br />Books that contain scholarly or research based content<br />Art and Architecture subjects, but also those ancillary to Art and Design history<br />Today we’ll be talking about…<br />
  3. 3. Project Guttenberg in 1971<br />Readers hit the market 1998-2000<br />Clifford Lynch article 2001<br />Sony Reader 2006<br />Kindle 2007 , 2-3 million Kindles sold by 2009, Amazon sells more downloads than physical books Dec. 2009<br />Bowker annual statistics on Ebooks, $67 million segment of publishing industry in 2008<br />Background on Ebooks for consumers<br />
  4. 4. Google Books court decision<br />
  5. 5. Licensing of Content by Harper<br />
  6. 6. New York School of Interior Design Library facts<br />15,000 books and journals<br />Two campuses, Grad and Undergrad—library in Undergrad<br />750 students with median age of 29<br />Many commuter students/non-residential<br />Many new programs, MFA 1, MPS in Sustainable Design<br />Before July 2010, no full text journal offerings or Ebooks, outdated website and no Ezproxy<br />Library is full, without ability to expand due to floor load problems<br />Background on NYSID<br />
  7. 7. New Graduate Center with no library<br />New programs—particularly one on sustainability<br />Fewer physical books on shelves<br />Provide general reference collection to the Grad Center and those at home<br />Textbooks/Reserves<br />NYSID Needed Ebooks to Support <br />
  8. 8. Importance of images relative to text<br />Text of primary importance to collection (i.e. should it be collected as a matter of record) or ancillary to collection?<br />Software manual<br />Was it to be used as a reserve title, core text or textbook—particularly for the Grad Center?<br />Edition—how soon will a new addition be available?<br />Fewer platforms, the better (fewer license agreements, vendor relationships, catalog record sources and software types to learn and teach)<br />Single or Multiple user available?<br />Core titles from Ebrary, with some collecting from Oxford U.P. and Wiley<br />Software platform? Ease of use, use with mobile devices, added value available through searching? Transformative use. <br />Collection Development Criteria<br />
  9. 9. General Reference Books on Fine/Decorative Arts, Architecture, Interior DesignArchitectural and Design TheoryProfessional PracticeSustainabilityLandscape Architecture<br />Subject Areas That Fit Criteria<br />
  10. 10. EBook never wears out and don’t take shelf space<br />Reach a broader audience<br />Students don’t have to buy textbooks with MUPO titles<br />Emergence of the Ipad helps with Ebrary web based book<br />----------------------<br />Students expect content to be portable and downloadable, even to phones<br />Some titles aren’t available as SUPO and were in heavy use<br />Multiple platforms and software types are confusing to students <br />Ebrary is not easy to use and terrible to print from<br />Hard time with consortial catalog—a year out, Ebooks still not in catalog properly<br />Pros/Cons<br />
  11. 11. Interoperability: Ebrary<br />
  12. 12. Interoperability: Wiley Interscience<br />
  13. 13. Dealt with YBP to obtain Ebrary books, initial links were bad<br />Wiley Interscience supplies MARC through OCLC, but will not supply this way if purchased through YBP<br />NYU consortium cataloging problematic—we were first institution outside NYU to purchase and add records to BobCat. <br />One year from date of purchase to add records to catalog, problems with proxy mean the link is still not operable<br />Plain old SNAFU’s<br />
  14. 14. Local Challenge: Access<br />
  15. 15. What will the outcome of the Proquest/Ebrary merger be?<br />How will licensing affect use of MUPO’s?<br />How can we integrate Google content with searching in our catalog? Not presently supported by BobCat.<br />What will the future of Google Books be?<br />Curating of Open Access titles for addition to catalog?<br />Should we buy from additional vendors?<br />Can we have enough Ebooks to truly support the Grad Center?<br />Upcoming Challenges<br />
  16. 16. Horizon Report 2011:<br />Names Ebooksand Mobile devices as the #1 technologies hitting campuses right now (for second year in a row) and their impact.<br />No Shelf Required (blog):<br />Blog by librarian covers all the up-to-date news on the topic for Academic libraries. It’s quite thorough. <br /> <br />No Shelf Required (book) by Sue Polanka, 2010.<br />Clifford Lynch, 2001 article on the future of Ebooks from First Monday. <br /><br />Sources consulted and recommended<br />
  17. 17. Thanks!<br />Sarah Falls<br /><br />Final thoughts, questions<br />