Yesterday I had a great conversation with the Digital Team from YBP Library Services. We discussed the services they offer to libraries for print and eBook purchasing, including their new demand-driven model for individual libraries and consortia. More information on the program is available in the digital services section of the YBP site.
The YBP Digital Team members are:
- Kris Baker, Director Digital Sales
- Matt Nauman, Academic Digital Product Manager
- Barbara Kawecki, Senior Digital Sales Manager, Western US and Canada
- Steve Sutton, Senior Digital Sales Manager, Eastern US and Canada
For more than 40 interviews with librarians, publishers, and other information professionals, please visit the NSR interviews page.
Earlier this week I had a chance to interview David Swords, VP of Sales and Marketing for EBL. David is also the Editor of a new DeGruyter/Saur title, Patron Driven Acquistions: History and Best Practices. In the interview David discusses the content of the book and inserts specific examples of PDA programs in libraries today. Nearly 40 other interviews are available on the NSR interviews page.
Here is some additional information for Patron Driven Acquistions: History and Best Practices
- PDA is now practical largely due to the spread of the eBook
- PDA allows enormous savings for libraries (p.e. a cost of $ 32,000 allows access to the equivalent of $ 3,700,000 in monographs)
- The first book-length analysis of PDA: a must for virtually every academic library Continue reading
The November, 2011 issue of Against the Grain focuses on the e-everything future. Edited by Audrey Powers from the University of South Florida, the issue discusses e-content procurement, access models and technology, content integration, first sale doctrine, and much more. It’s a great line-up of contributors and topics. The table of contents should be posted on their site very soon here: http://www.against-the-grain.com/toc/
Many of the contributors were also part of the E-Everything pre-conference during the Charleston Conference in early November. Archived versions of the pre-conference presentation will be available on Against the Grain and Libraries Thriving sites.
Patron Driven Acquisition has gained much interest from libraries these days. As a result, many are writing about their experiences with the new business model.
Today, Inside Higher Education featured an article on “PDA In the Library,” (E-book acquisition based on use and demand could save libraries thousands). This article discusses the benefits of PDA, highlighting a study from a D.C. consulting firm, The Advisory Board Company. Examples of PDA in action from the Grand Valley State University in Michigan are included. Grand Valley works with EBL for their PDA plan. Many other aggregators and publishers also offer PDA plans including ebrary, eBooks on EBSCOhost, and Ingram/MyiLibrary. OverDrive recently announced a PDA option for their new WIN platform, but I don’t believe it has launched yet. Continue reading
Michael Levine-Clark, Collections Librarian at the University of Denver has written an editorial for Collaborative Librarianship. His editorial, Whither ILL? Wither ILL: The Changing Nature of Resource Sharing for E-Books suggests that Interlibrary Loan is a wonderful way to share print books among libraries. However, in a digital world Michael believes that a short-term leases system, which is more economical than ILL, is a better solution.
A clip from Michael’s editorial:
This short-term lease process would work if (1) titles could be leased for a brief time (a day, a week, or a month); (2) the cost for this service were lower than or equal to the current cost of ILL; and (3) if there were enough titles available.
Ebook Ecosystem 2016: State of the Art, Five Years On
For the second consecutive year, YBP sponsored a special meeting of academic library consortia and publishers at the ALA Annual Conference. They invited select representatives of each community to discuss the special issues regarding the creation, distribution, models and formats of ebooks in consortia. Below is a summary of the presentations and discussion from the program. Mark Kendall and Ann-Marie Breaux from YBP took notes, other commentary is from Michael Zeoli.
Patron-Driven Acquisitions have exploded and many consortia have organized pilot programs; there have been many developments among publishers in terms of making front list titles available electronically and offering new collection options; and the vendors have been developing in tandem with libraries and publishers to support new collecting channels and services, integrating these with traditional ones. Continue reading
eBooks and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost launched this week. Hopefully you have all received the new url for access to your collections. I gave my eBook collection a test spin this morning and it worked well. The interface is very intuitive, particularly for those who are EBSCOhost users. The same features apply. Search results are returned at the book level, but the most relevant pages from the book are displayed and hyperlinked in the detailed record. Searching within a book title is an option. Users can print/email up to 60 pages. Emailing a citation provides a persistent link to the book. Downloading titles for offline reading is an option as well, but the library must have the Adobe Content Server in place via EBSCO (for a nominal fee) in order to offer the service. Users can create a MyEBSCO account to save their preferences, search histories, create RSS feeds, and more.
Here is more information about the launch and future business models from an EBSCO press release: EBSCO Publishing’s (EBSCO) extensive collection of more than 300,000 eBook and audiobook titles (formerly from NetLibrary®) are now integrated on EBSCOhost®. EBSCOhost now provides content from the most in-demand publishers available via new acquisition models including expanded ownership plans to serve the unique needs of libraries and their patrons. EBSCO is also paving the way for new models such as short-term leases, subscription models and expanded Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) which will be introduced within the next few months. Continue reading