From an ebrary press release:
April 10, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – To strengthen its new approach to strategic e-book acquisition based on three steps: Transition, Diversify, and Streamline™, ebrary®, a ProQuest business, is expanding its e-book selection across acquisition models.
More than 1,800 new e-books from Wiley and 2,300 new titles from publishers including Princeton University Press and World Scientific & Imperial College Press will be available in Academic Complete™, which will offer unlimited access to a growing selection of more than 75,000 quality titles. An additional 6,300 e-books from publishers such as MIT Press, Oxford University Press, and University of Illinois Press will be available through other ebrary models including patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive. Titles can be ordered through ebrary as well as partners and book vendors such as YBP.
As libraries transition their budgets from print to digital books, diversifying acquisition models and streamlining the ordering process are key to achieving the greatest return on investment. A number of ebrary customers are benefitting from this approach.
“SJSU started with a subscription to ebrary’s Academic Complete, which is an affordable way to offer our students unlimited access to a broad base collection: Academic Complete has something for everyone,” said Carole Correa-Morris, Head of Acquisitions at San Jose State University. “We have also purchased e-books outright, including those chosen by our subject selectors and requested by faculty. Most recently, we have been examining our Academic Complete usage statistics to strategically expand our patron driven acquisition program. By focusing on higher use subjects, we can better determine which titles to add to our consideration pool and only purchase those that are used. Diversifying models makes sense financially, and by streamlining ordering through YBP we are able to work more efficiently.”
“Two converging trends are driving the need for strategic e-book acquisition: Libraries are investing a larger percentage of their book budgets in digital from print to meet a growing demand, and publishers are producing more books electronically,” said Kevin Sayar, President and General Manager of ebrary. “We will continue to work with publishers, librarians, and book vendors to develop an integrated e-book solution to serve the progressive needs of one very important common denominator: the researcher.”
For details about ebrary’s new approach to strategic acquisition as well as the ebrary platform, which offers robust research tools, a dedicated mobile iOS app, and the ability for libraries to upload and integrate their own digital repositories with DASH!™ (Data Sharing, Fast), visit www.ebrary.com.