OverDrive and the ALA conducted an online survey at U.S. public library websites in June/July 2012. They asked a variety of questions, but the most important ones revolved around eBook purchasing. The survey asked, “If a digital audiobook or eBook is unavailable in the library’s digital collection or there is a wait time, would you consider purchasing it from an online retailer? 53% said yes and 47% said no. They also asked, “Have you ever purchased a book (physical or digital) after borrowing that title from the library? Only 35% said yes, while 64% said no. Continue reading Library borrowers DO buy eBooks, don’t they?
there is a lovely infographic on the Rise of eReading from schools.com. Check it out here: http://www.schools.com/visuals/rise-of-ereading.html
The following are my notes from the NISO eBook Forum Program – End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
Presented by – Steve Paxhia, President, Beacon Hill Strategic Solutions
3 of the studies presented today are not even published yet. Most of the data shown was within just a few weeks of collection. He summarized 4 reports from thousands of participants, millions of data points. Much of the data was preliminary, so the numbers I list below may change with the final reports. Continue reading End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys, from the NISO eBook Forum
DeGruyter has released a white paper titled, Patron Driven Acquisition: A Model for Providing Complete Access to Electronic Content While Limiting Costs For Libraries. It discusses a new business model for electronic content – books, journals, and databases.
Below are a couple of snips from the white paper:
“Based upon feedback from its Library Advisory Board, De Gruyter decided to offer its customers a purchase model for digital content that was independent of a single format.
Yet rather than design the new sales model around a conference table, De Gruyter wanted to base the model on empirical data and develop it in active dialogue with customers. In
mid-2011, De Gruyter contracted with three institutions to conduct a PDA trial.” Continue reading DeGruyter White Paper on Patron Driven Acquisition
Academic Librarians – if you have a few minutes, please consider taking this survey about etextbook collections. Some of the results will be shared at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit on October 17th.
Library Journal is interested in learning more about etextbook collections in academic libraries. Your participation in this study will help identify the scope of etextbooks on college campuses–how popular they are and who is selecting them.
Please click on the link below to take a brief survey. We want to hear from you even if your library does not currently have an etextbook collection. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 American Express gift card.
Results from this survey will be revealed in an upcoming issue of Library Journal. Thank you for supporting LJ‘s research efforts!
LJ Research Manager
The following is an announcement from Ken Chad regarding a JISC study:
The challenge of ebooks: Can you contribute? Workshop in London on Tuesday 21st August
We are investigating the challenges of ebooks in academic institutions and would like to engage, early on in our project, with individuals interested in taking part in a workshop in London on Tuesday 21st August. The aims of this half day (free) event are to:
- Help identifying/validate the issues of concern. The overriding themes of the project revolve around the ‘creation, curation and consumption’ of ebooks. The project defines ebook very widely and covers all forms of digital books including epub format, online books, etextbooks, wiki-based books, open textbooks, digital monographs, open educational resources and other forms of campus-based publishing.
- Help with the analysis of the ‘jobs’ (in the sense of the ‘jobs-to-be-done’ methodology) that individuals (students, academics, researchers etc) do for which ebooks may be (potentially) the solution. Continue reading Challenge of eBooks workshop in London, participants needed
JISC recently announced a new research study on the challenge of eBooks in academic institutions. A project wiki has been established by the team, of which I am honored to be a member. I am posting with permission, the first entry on the site. Please check the wiki for periodic updates.
Today we kick off our ebook project for the JISC: ‘The challenge of ebooks in academic institutions.’ The project will run through August, September and October 2012. The project web site (wiki) has been set up and is organised around the key tasks or strands of the project. It’s only day one of the project so the wiki is sparse. We have made a start on pulling a few references together with extracts to indicate why we think they are relevant to our project. If you have any suggestions do get in touch. There is also a page on the project team. Some of our team worked together on a previous project on ebooks – ‘The Role of Metadata in the Discovery, Selection and Acquisition of e-Books’ –in the context of patron (or demand) driven acquisitions (PDA/DDA). Continue reading JISC launches new study on the challenge of ebooks in academic institutions
Springer, in collaboration with PCG (Publishers Communication Group) released a white paper, Scholarly eBooks: Understanding the Return on Investment for Libraries, today. It is available for a free download from the Springer site.
The following is the introduction: The Return on Investment (RoI) of scholarly eBooks in research and academic libraries can be difficult to determine, as the factors considered can vary from library to library, or even from person to person. RoI can be defined as a performance measure used to quantify and evaluate the efficiency of an investment in library resources or to compare efficiency among different investments. While it may seem simply to be a question of money in versus money out, the real difficulty of expressing the overall value of this resource for an institution comes from many contributing factors:
- Time saved by library staff and researchers
- Convenience of constant access and online search capabilities
- Effect on research output and teaching
- Physical space saved in the library by using electronic resources Continue reading Scholarly eBooks: Understanding the ROI for Libraries, a Springer White Paper
From an OCLC press release:
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 10, 2012—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $99,957 grant to OCLC for a new initiative, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change.
OCLC will partner with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) to review the e-book landscape and jointly develop recommendations for managing the e-book environment, in order to ensure adequate public access to these emerging resources. Continue reading IMLS grant awarded to OCLC to study challenges PL face in providing eBook content
As part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s work with the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, several member leaders have requested we develop and distribute communications resources that will support local libraries around digital content issues.
Today OITP released the first of these documents, a backgrounder (pdf) that shares some highlights from the newest Pew Research Center report on “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books,” along with some possible messaging and local angles for leveraging this new research with local media and decision makers.
Among the report’s key findings referenced in the backgrounder:
- 12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from their library
- 62% of people don’t know they can borrow e-books from their library
- 69% of people report the library is important to them and their family
- Many people would like to learn more about borrowing e-books
- E-book borrowers appreciate the selection of e-books at their local library, but they often encounter difficulty borrowing Continue reading ALA OITP releases backgrounder document on eBooks and libraries