YBP Library Services and Ebook Library (EBL) have announce that they have combined their unique strengths to create the first demand-driven approval plans. With this announcement, followed by developments to come later, the two companies will use the accurate, book-in-hand descriptions from YBP’s approval process with the malleable patron-driven tools of EBL to offer a unique just-in-time approach to delivering books for their customers. Here is how the service works.
Libraries can use YBP ‘s approval capabilities to indicate the books that they want, or do not want, to see, but rather than receive the titles as an automatic book or as a slip, they can designate them DDA (demand-driven acquisition). When a book fits the rules for a DDA title, YBP alerts EBL, and EBL delivers a url that goes into the bibliographic record. YBP sends the records to the library, which puts them in the OPAC. When a patron finds an interesting record, the url links them out to their EBL site. There, the student or faculty member has five minutes to browse the book and metadata before deciding whether they need to check it out. Continue reading
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
ebrary announced today the launch of the much awaited patron driven acquisition model. It’s been a couple of years in the making, received considerable testing, and was grown from librarian demand and suggestions. A brief history:
ALAMW Conference, 2009. ebrary hosted a session to discuss patron driven acquisitions and many librarians were there to offer suggestions.
January, 2010, the PDA pilot testing is extended while ebrary conducts additional surveys.
October, 2010 – The ebrary PDA model is Live!
The key features of the PDA model, from the ebrary press release include: Continue reading
Yesterday at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of the acquisition models of eBooks for academic libraries. We chatted about business models, workflow issues and their opportunities and challenges, the pros and cons of electronic access,and the future of eBooks. I was pretty busy doing my moderating duties and didn’t get a chance to summarize the program, but luckily some folks at LJ did. Here is what they had to say: Continue reading
If you had top executives from 4 academic eBook aggregators in the same room, what would you ask them? Seriously, I need to know. One of the Lively Lunch sessions at the XXX Annual Charleston Conference is an open forum with academic eBook aggregators from ebrary, EBL, Ingram, and NetLibrary. I’m looking for suggestions on questions to ask these individuals. I’m moderating and want to make this as informative and interesting as I can! Continue reading
I was given permission from EBL to post this case study on the financial importance of short-term loaning of ebooks. The study references Grand Valley State University in Michigan. It’s posted in it’s entirety below.
The Financial Importance of Short-term Loans: An Example from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Michigan
Prepared by David Swords, EBL
Note: The data for this case study come from Ron Berry of NYU in Abu Dhabi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Doug Way of GVSU in Michigan (email@example.com). The information is used with their permission. Continue reading
Those of you with Blackwell (or considering Blackwell) may want to sit in on some of their webinars. They work with ebrary, Myilibrary, and EBL, and offer webinars on connecting your electronic resources to each of these ebook aggregators. They are offering a webinar this Wednesday on ebrary, details are below.Join Blackwell for a FREE Infotools webinar on August 19th, 11am PDT.If you have ebrary or have an interest in ebrary as your ebook aggregator, join us and see how you can connect all your electronic resources you currently own to ebooks on the ebrary platform. We’ll show you how Infotools can connect your current resources and how Blackwell makes the acquisitions, collection development and discovery of ebooks easier and efficient.If you cannot make the webinar or if you wish to attend another time, contact me to set one up. We also work with Myilibrary and EBL platform as well, feel free to contact me to setup webinars for those as well.Please RSVP to me for login instructions.Erik Christopher, Blackwell Digital Services Sales Manager, Toll Free: 1-800-525-7964Erik.Christopher@Blackwell.com
eBook aggregator EBL (Ebook Library) just announced the addition of 10,000 new titles in recent weeks, taking their title count to nearly 130,000. Due to several enhancements to their production process they are now processing new titles even more quickly than before. They now offer a New Title Alert service for librarians and end users. The optional service will notify you via email when titles in your subject area are received. 50 subject areas are currently available and cover the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
From an EBL press release:
ImageEBL’s new patron interface is now ready for it’s final stages of testing. We’ve created a preview account where we encourage customers to login, test the new interface, and email all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org . The interface will be going live December 15th, 2009.
As well as a fresh, clean, brand new look, you’ll notice that the new EBL Patron Interface also has the following new features:
- * Bookshelf: access current loans, collections, and recently accessed titles from a centralized location.
- * Collections: add and organise titles in “My Collections”.
- * Bookmarks: access and export patron ebook notes without having to enter the ebook itself, and bookmark ebooks at page level.
- * Search Result Filtering: filter down search results at the click of a button, by Publication Date, Publisher, Category or Language.
- * Metadata Hyperlinking: link to similar titles in the EBL catalog using LCCH, Dewey, LCCN, Author or Category hyperlinking.
As this is a beta testing period, please keep in mind you may notice further enhancements, fixes and tweaks to the interface while testing is in progress. Also, during this testing period, we’ve disabled the “Help/Feedback” function while we finalise functionality and assess just how intuitive the patron experience is. Continue reading
Spoke with Erik Christopher, Digital Services Sales Manager at Blackwell about their Collection Manager System for eBooks. Blackwell is partnered with EBL, ebrary, and Ingram Digital. Erik’s interview is linked from the NSR interviews page, one of many in our series.
For more information on this product, I’ve attached a pdf of Blackwell’s Collection Manager. The top of the first page is white, so keep scrolling.