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The Welsh e-books consortium

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Presentation covering the Welsh Ebooks. Part of the Digital literacy in an e-world 2008: the 8th Annual E-Books Conference which took place Thu 30 Oct 2008, delivered by Dr Paul Riley, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

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The Welsh e-books consortium

  1. 1. The Welsh e-books consortium <ul><li>Paul Riley </li></ul><ul><li>University of Wales Institute, Cardiff </li></ul><ul><li>30 October 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 3. Outline <ul><li>WHELF </li></ul><ul><li>E book project </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
  3. 5. WHELF’s Mission <ul><li>Raise the profile of services and developments in Welsh HE library and information services in our own institutions, in Wales and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Influence policy makers and funders on matters of shared interest </li></ul><ul><li>Implement collaborative services and developments for the mutual benefit of members institutions and their users </li></ul><ul><li>Work with other organisations, sectors and domains in support of the development of a cooperative library network in Wales and the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Provide mutual support and opportunities for the sharing of good practice through meetings, mailing lists etc </li></ul><ul><li>Provide staff development and training opportunities for member institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Collect, disseminate and evaluate statistics from member institutions </li></ul>
  4. 6. Welsh Collaboration in Action
  5. 7. Background <ul><li>Collaboration review </li></ul><ul><li>Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Conference </li></ul>
  6. 8. Project Objectives <ul><li>Establish a WHELF NetLibrary shared collection </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a WHELF Group capable of discussing consolidated e book purchases with other suppliers </li></ul>
  7. 9. Project Outline <ul><li>Establish Steering Group (April 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify required titles on institution by institution basis (May 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Assess consolidated list for duplication and uniqueness (June 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Refine list and agree titles to take (July 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Begin agreement (August 2007) </li></ul>
  8. 11. Outcomes <ul><li>Purchased 538 titles plus a further 50 since August </li></ul><ul><li>Each institution has an agreement with OCLC </li></ul><ul><li>Supply of MARC records </li></ul>
  9. 12. Usage September 2007 1077 October 2007 2875 April 2008 3080 September 2008 1206
  10. 13. Evaluation <ul><li>Usage of initial collection </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty in agreeing further title selection </li></ul><ul><li>Forum for sharing good practice </li></ul><ul><li>University of Wales </li></ul>
  11. 14. Next steps <ul><li>All Wales collection </li></ul><ul><li>Other suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Cross sectoral </li></ul>
  12. 15. Next steps <ul><li>Partnership approach </li></ul><ul><li>Better selection mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Continue working with NetLibrary </li></ul><ul><li>Other collaborative purchasing </li></ul>
  13. 16. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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