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  1. 1. [email_address] Steve Ratcliffe Aberconway Library, Cardiff University
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Library Review findings 2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shortage of reading list items most common student complaint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pressures on space </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eBooks a solution in terms of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relieving pressure on short loan print collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Added value in supporting distance learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Added value in supporting 24/7 access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our view: eBooks supplement but don’t replace core texts </li></ul>
  3. 3. Starting out <ul><li>We had some eBooks already but needed to expand the collection </li></ul><ul><li>Bid for and received £50k from HEFCEW </li></ul><ul><li>Researched the market </li></ul><ul><li>Made a list of requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrated on core texts/high usage titles </li></ul><ul><li>Outright purchase model </li></ul>
  4. 4. Starting out – Cont’d <ul><li>Concentrated on NetLibrary and Myilibrary, Dawsonera came later </li></ul><ul><li>Total of 449 titles from the two aggregators, 500 titles in total purchased </li></ul><ul><li>Liaised with Subject Librarians to produce titles lists </li></ul>
  5. 5. Awareness and Promotion <ul><li>Catalogue difficulties – results page </li></ul><ul><li>Wider lack of awareness of ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing: </li></ul><ul><li>Posters, guide, stickers on printed copies </li></ul><ul><li>Very small budget for materials </li></ul>
  6. 6. Evaluation <ul><li>No print circulation vs ebook data </li></ul><ul><li>Usage -MyILibary vs Netlibrary </li></ul><ul><li>MyILibrary titles used more </li></ul><ul><li>MyiLibrary 9412 accesses, 30 average accesses per title </li></ul><ul><li>Netlibrary 1543 accesses, 10 average accesses per title </li></ul>
  7. 7. MyiLibrary usage
  8. 8. Netlibrary usage
  9. 9. Usage over the year (MyILibrary)
  10. 10. On-Campus vs Off-Campus <ul><li>48% of access were on-campus – unexpected! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cost <ul><li>The average cost of a single-user title was £80 on Myilibrary, The average cost of a NetLibrary eBook was £89.23 </li></ul><ul><li>The overall average cost per access per MyiLibrary eBook was £3.18 NetLibrary average cost per access of £8.42. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Cost per access (MyiLibrary)
  13. 13. Cost per access (Netlibrary)
  14. 14. Turnaways <ul><li>MyiLibrary – Virtual turnaways. 470 in total across 45 titles </li></ul><ul><li>Netlibrary – 164 actual turnaways across 20 titles </li></ul><ul><li>DRM induced lockouts more of an issue </li></ul>
  15. 15. Qualitative data <ul><li>Convenience of use </li></ul><ul><li>Want more core texts available </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of awareness on access routes </li></ul><ul><li>Concerned about comfort issue – reading large amounts of text on a screen </li></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusions <ul><li>Appropriate title selection is key (evidence based) </li></ul><ul><li>Most cost-effective with larger cohorts and textbook based teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Access models are changing but need to remain flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Technology will change the landscape </li></ul>
  17. 17. And finally…the hardest bit <ul><li>Deciding on how to refer to eBooks: </li></ul><ul><li>e-books </li></ul><ul><li>E-Books </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic books </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks (the one we decided on) </li></ul>

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