Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.” In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations.
Highlights of the survey:
- 239 respondents to the survey, 95% of whom identified as academic librarians.
- 67% work with 25-50+ vendors
- 85% of respondents are part of a decision making committee, recommendation team or have some influence on the decision and are NOT the sole decision maker at their organization
- 91% do NOT have a document negotiation process for the acquisition of products and services 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.
ebrary is announcing the availability of the 2011 Global Student E-book Survey. Full results (downloadable) will be available in January. Those of you attending the Charleston Conference next week can get a sneak peek at the results during a session on Friday (details below). Here is more from the press release:
ebrary Surveys Suggest Students’ Research Needs Unmet, Results to be Presented at Charleston
November 1, 2011 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – In an ongoing effort to better understand the research requirements and expectations of students, especially as they relate to books, ebrary® today announced the initial results of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey. A comparison of the new survey with the same survey conducted in 2008 implies that aggregators, publishers, and librarians need to better collaborate to address students’ information and research needs. Continue reading
I attended this fabulous and informative session during the Charleston Conference on building an eReader collection by Aisha Harvey, Nancy Gibbs, and Natalie Sommerville of Duke University Libraries. I wanted to run my notes past the presenters first, to ensure accuracy, thus the tardiness of this post.
First and foremost, according to the librarians, the eReader lending program is a team approach and impacts every aspect of the way we build collections in libraries – access, selection, cataloging, ref, circ, etc.
Aisha Harvey, head of collections spoke first and provided an overview of the program. Details: began circ of kindles in January of this year, began with 18 kindles and then added 6 addition ones and 15 nooks. Kindle has 1:6 title distribution on the kindle. So, they call 6 kindles a “pod” and purchase multiple pods. Pay $10 per title and share with 6 devices, average of $2.00 per title. Continue reading
Last week, while at the Charleston Conference, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, CEO and President of IGI Global. We discussed the history of IGI Global, current eBook offerings, and future plans for eBooks. The discussion always seemed to come back to the basic philosophy of IGI Global – to disseminate knowledge, and allow the end user to determine the format of that knowledge, be in print, electronic, or both.
For more information on IGI Global, visit their website at www.igi-global.com or send email to Mehdi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This interview and over 25 others are available on the NSR interviews page.
Great article on The Scholarly Kitchen blog by Kent Anderson, who is questioning a recent survey on student preference of print textbooks. A clip from the blog post:
Anderson says, “The survey is drawing the wrong conclusion by framing the question in terms of media choice. It’s not about print versus electronic. It’s about economics and selection.
Imagine if someone asked you if you wanted to pay more for something and have limited selection. Would you trade a cheaper format with a broader selection for something you’d calculate as more costly and less abundant? Only if you’re a devoted early adopter.
For the vast majority of students, print textbooks are economically superior to e-books simply because there’s a robust used book market for expensive print textbooks. Buy them new, sell them back. Want them cheaper? Buy them used. The market is much more favorable and robust.” end clip
Later in the post, Anderson states, “As an aside, I have yet to find this survey released in any form other than a press release. That’s not a good sign. It makes me think the whole thing was about generating the press release.” I’ll add to Anderson’s speculation by repeating something I heard at the Charleston Conference last week. Can you really trust surveys that boast student’s reliance on the print book which are sponsored by college bookstores?
Yesterday, I joined a panel of publishers, aggregators, and archiving agencies to discuss the issue of eBook archiving. I had to set the stage for libraries, which was quite easy – we are in fear of losing our content to which we no longer have control of since it is housed on someone else’s server in another part of the country/world. How do we guarantee that the content we purchased will remain accessible to us and our end users? We need to work on a solution….and fast.
Rebecca Seger from Oxford University Press presented the publishers perspective, highlighting things OUP has done, and challenges facing publishers.
- OUP has journals archiving in place with portico, CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS. OUP’s first trigger event happened in 2009. Their policy is publicly available on the OUP site.
- Ebook archiving at OUP is done via publisher archiving and a dark archive. They keep a repository in PDF format. But, OUP cannot archive the proprietary versions created by the aggregator partners like ebrary, EBL, Ingram, EBSCO.
- OUP feels the obligation to preserve the Oxford Scholarship Online version for library customers. They also offer the option of providing XML data to purchaser for local archiving (as she described was being done at OhioLINK.)
- Some challenges: Archiving options are limited for ebooks as not everything available for journals is available for ebooks, yet. Additionally, defining the trigger events has proven to be much more difficult. Continue reading
Dr. Frances Pinter, Publisher, Bloomsbury Academic presented a new business model for the efficient and effective funding of open access “books.” (Frances presented this at the TOC conference and had an interview with me about the topic earlier in 2010 if you’d like more details.)
Dr. Pinter described her background in publishing and the focus of Bloomsbury Academic on open access publishing.
What does the academic community still want from publishers? independent verification of quality, typesetting/editing, variety of formats, etc. Frances also adds the “Mother-in-law” factor too, every academic wants a print copy of their magnum opus to present to their mother-in-law.
How are publishers responding? experimentation, becoming service providers rather than gatekeepers, becoming co-creators of value
Frances compared the open access model to ice cream, stating:
- What’s ice cream got to do with this? plain vanilla – basic html open access publication
- and the ice cream cone? print book, ebook, eReader format of the publication
- finally, the ice cream sundae? enhanced eBook with the frills and thrills Continue reading
Jeff Shelstad, Founder and CEO of FlatWorld Knowledge spoke first.
Jeff provided some stats on higher education:
- 19.1 million students in 2010 in college
- $850 avg spent on textbook
- so, it’s about a 10billion industry
- Cengage, Pearson, McGraw-Hill are the big 3 publishers along with many other small ones
Problem is that the industry has outworn their value proposition and is not willing to pay for the product the industry is offering. Affordability is a huge problem.
36% of community college student in a study said that the cost of textbooks had caused them to leave/dropout Continue reading
Darrell Gunter, CEO of Gunter Media Group, Adam Marshall of Portland Press and Thane Kerner of Silver Chair presented on semantic technology and getting up to speed to better serve your user community.
Each of the speakers posed 5 Questions with 5 Answers
What prompted you to engage semantic technology into your products/applications?
- Darrell Gunter (for Elsevier/Collexis) Needed to develop an expert profile database where the experts can connect with one another
- Adam Marshall: So much data that we no longer know what we know and finding what we find is very difficult. Most of the articles we keep are PDF, which are flat files with no interactivity, and they wanted to develop a new tool to provide interactivity b/t PDFs. Came up with Utopia Documents, which blends the best of the semantic web in PDFs. It connects documents with online data, linking the flat PDF to online databases.
- Thane Kerner: they have large volumes of very specialized content and needed better ways to search and connect content that wasn’t available in current search technology Continue reading