UT-Austin Libraries has a huge eBook collection, about 600,000 titles in all. Lindsey Schell, Librarian for Journals, English Lit, and Women’s Studies, has had plenty of experience in acquiring eBooks for UT-Austin.
In this interview, Lindsey and I discuss the variety of eBook collections/platforms at UT, the successes and challenges of their eBook program, purchasing eBooks through Patron Driven Acquisition, and other neat and cool things about eBooks. So, if you have eBooks, want to expand your collection, or are on the fence about starting an eBook collection, give it a listen. You’re bound to learn something. And, hopefully you’ll be jazzed about eBooks!
Other NSR interviews can be found on our Interviews page.
According to a survey conducted in the UK by NetLibrary, most libraries do intend to increase the acquisition of eBooks in the coming years.
300 libraries responded
- 3/4 of academic libraries intend to increase eBook collections
- 1/2 of public libraries intend to increase eBook collections
- 85% of publics were interested in fiction eBooks
- 65% of publics were interested in building an audiobook collection
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The European Commission has launched Europeana, a multimedia online library. Over 2 million books are included as well as maps, recordings, photographs, archival materials, and more. The digital materials were collected from the national libraries and cultural institutions of the EU’s 27 member states and are all cross searchable in one source – Europeana.�
My apologies – this has nothing to do with eBooks, at least directly. But, I wanted to help ALA spread the word.
1. Our weekly e-newsletter, American Libraries Direct, is now available to anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members. The sign-up form, as well as the FAQ, is at http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/aldirect/aldirect.cfm .
2. American Libraries has launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop, http://www.al.ala.org/insidescoop/ . Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways. Associate Editor Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what many see as the ALA ivory tower.
3. Login is no longer required to view the current issue of the American Libraries print magazine online (in PDF format), or to view the archives, which date back to the January 2003 issue. Go directly to http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/alonlineebrary/alonlineebrary.cfm . First-time viewers will need to install the ebrary reader to view issues. To download, go to http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ala/Download . Firefox 3 users installing the reader for the first time will need a workaround, http://www.ebrary.com/kb/users/ff3install.jsp , to make the ebrary reader work with their browser.
JISC released a survey last week reporting the major concerns of library management (UK libraries).
Key findings included:
e-Resources/electronic content was cited most frequently as a key challenge facinglibraries and LRCs with issues including management, sharing, provision, access toand financial constraints. Others challenges included wider funding and financialissues (particularly within HE), and keeping up-to-date with new technologies andincorporating them into library/LRC services. Pressure on space was also mentionedcommonly by HE respondents. Press Release Full Report
SCONUL, the Society of College, National and University Libraries released the results of it’s 2008 Top Concerns Survey. This organization represents the libraries in the UK and Ireland.
E-resources and the E-environment were some of the top concerns. Here is a snippet from the survey:
For the next twelve months, the three concerns with the highest ratings were:
• Space and buildings (94%) • Funding and financial management (84%) • E-environment (84%)
An additional question in the 2008 survey attempted to get more detail on aspects of the e-environment. The two areas with the highest ratings were:
• Access Management (87%) • Provision of E-Resources (86%)
SCONUL 2008 Top Concerns Survey
I was envious with McGill’s news, and now Michigan! Talk about rubbing salt on my wounds….
Seriously, this is fantastic news for UM Libraries. Their new “Espresso Book Machine,” – and it ain’t coffee folks – will print-on-demand titles from the UM digital collection. Public domain titles from the 2 million item collection will be the first shot for Espresso. Books will cost around $10.00, but must be picked up in person, as UM doesn’t plan on getting in the shipping business.
LJ News has a nice story. For more information on the Espresso, check out On Demand Books.
What a fabulous innovation from McGill University. They purchased a Kirtas APT BookScan 2400RA and will be digitizing rare materials from their collection to sell via print-on-demand. It’s fabulous to see a library embarking on a project like this, one that will bring income! Wow, the envy I have…..
For the full story see the press release.
OverDrive, provider of digital audiobooks, eBooks, music, and videos to libraries and retailers around the world will take it’s Digital Bookmobile on the road. The tour will help libraries and OverDrive promote their download collections. Pretty cool idea.
At ALA Annual in Anaheim ABC-CLIO hosted focus groups for academic reference librarians to discuss the changing face of electronic reference books and hear what they had to say about what they hoped to see for the future of these products.
Here are the items we discussed and the general feedback we received. We encourage all readers of the No Shelf Required blog to post comments or questions – we want to hear what you have to say too!
Is print reference still viable?
It was generally agreed that print reference is still viable. Whether or not the librarian would purchase the print version depended upon the subject of the title and if their budget prohibited purchasing the electronic version. However, nearly half of the 20 attendees said they are no longer buying print reference at all.
What comes first, the book or the eBook?
As stated above, most answered that they would purchase the eBook and not the print, so the question for them was moot. Others stated that they would be inclined to purchase an eBook version of a title prior to the release of a completed print version if subsquent updates were provided and the final print version would be available within 12 – 24 months. The original release of the eBook version would have less content than the print, but both versions would be identical by the time of print publication.
- Unlimited simultaneous usage & remote access
- Export to citation programs
- NO plug-ins
- Open to Google and federated searching – access to all eBook platforms through one search engine
- Make ordering easier by offering eBooks via the usual print distributors
Purchase vs. Subscribe
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