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2011 CHS Springer keynote

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2011 CHS Springer keynote

  1. 1. Springer smallschool ebooksummitCharleston Conference11/02/2011Jason Price. PhD
  2. 2. Springer Summit 11/02/11My background Education: large universities Library gig: Hybrid small school environment  7 colleges = Average FTE ≈ 750 Consortium: 102 institutions: 66 under 1000 FTE  Our Executive Director: roots in a college of 250  Raison de‟être: Serve small schools well  Downsizing the big deal Full Disclosure  Academic library advisory board 2008-2010  Big fan of their flexibility & discounted approach  CEO (Hank) anti- „pick & choose‟ approach still a challenge
  3. 3. Springer Summit 11/02/11The pricing model rabbit…
  4. 4. Springer Summit 11/02/11(Some) challenges we face1. Use Restrictions / Digital rights management2. Access vs Ownership1. Buying the right books (Because we can‟t buy them all)4. Platform/Portability/Perpetuity
  5. 5. Springer Summit 11/02/11Filters/Lenses Cost vs Book List Price User experience
  6. 6. Springer Summit 11/02/111) Use restrictions/Digital RightsManagement  Experiment: NetLibrary now Ebsco Ebooks  Claremont bought 9000 ebooks 2001-2003  Results: Users hated them  1 simultaneous user  Print: Page at a time  User impact  Ebooks = Rolled eyes  Grad students: “I need something I can actually use”  Smaller school impact: the same
  7. 7. Springer Summit 11/02/112) Access vs Ownership Experiment: Ebrary Academic „Complete‟ 2008- Results:  Plugin approach often failed  Access to 50,000 books: List price: $3,335,000  Claremont annual cost: $12,500  List price per year = 0.375% Still with single user limit but major limitation = discovery Smaller school application  Per fte list cost ≈ $4  Consortial negotiation to address minimum Implication: Leased collections have a place
  8. 8. Springer Summit 11/02/11 3) Buying the right books Inthe print book world, we were forced to guess Enter the demand driven approach  EBL Data:  User selected books used 2-5x more often
  9. 9. Springer Summit 11/02/11
  10. 10. Springer Summit 11/02/113) Buying the right books Inthe print world, we were forced to guess Enter the demand driven approach  EBL Data:  User selected books used 2-5x* more often  User selected books have 2-3x* broader audience
  11. 11. Springer Summit 11/02/11
  12. 12. Springer Summit 11/02/113) Buying the right books Inthe print world, we were forced to guess Enter the demand driven approach  EBL Data:  User selected books used 2-5x* more often  User selected books have 2-3x* broader audience Result:demand driven approach works Experiment: Elsevier Evidence-based selection Result: 1 year of use barely covered commitment (Broader) Implication: Traditional approval plans don‟t make sense with ebooks Smaller school application: implement a demand driven approach
  13. 13. Springer Summit 11/02/114) Platform/Portability/Perpetuity(?) Springer Ebook collections Experiment: Repurpose engineering blanket order  Purchase 2005-present subject collections  Engineering, Mathematics, Computer science ≈25% of list price  Ongoing annual purchase of 3 collections Implication:ebook collections can broaden access and use Smaller school application:  Attractive pricing for full collection
  14. 14. Springer Summit 11/02/11Springer: Smaller School Application
  15. 15. Springer Summit 11/02/11Summary: Claremont Approach to date Leased Collection  Ebrary Academic Complete Discounted Publisher Collections  Springer Engineering, Math & Computer Science  Backfiles too Title by Title on demand  Elsevier Evidence-based Selection Aggregator-based demand driven purchasing  Our next step
  16. 16. Springer Summit 11/02/11Ebook (R)evolution Reduced use restrictions User driven - Buy only what users want Or purchases discounted w/ no DRM  $5K/$10K/$15K Springer Model  Discounted Publisher models are attractive  Where core collection is 10% other titles will fill in One-off ebook purchases  Multi-author volumes  Provides ejournal-like access
  17. 17. Springer Summit 11/02/11 Librarian Acquired
  18. 18. Springer Summit 11/02/11
  19. 19. Springer Summit 11/02/11 4) Platform/Portability/Perpetuity Ownership / Purchase  60 print books Title by title  $80 each - $4800 Subscription  Leased collection $4.00/fte x 1200 FTE = $4800  >50000 books!  Cant be beat, if consortium waives minimum  Or even if not @ $10,000… Purchase ebooks at full price  $100/each = 48 books (w/DRM)  Value quite limited

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