Challenge of eBooks workshop in London, participants needed

August 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

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 […]

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JISC launches new study on the challenge of ebooks in academic institutions

August 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off

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 […]

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JISC Report on PhD Researchers

July 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

The BL/JISC 2009-10 annual report on Researchers of Tomorrow: A Three Year BL/JISC study tracking the research behaviours of Gen Y doctoral students was just released in June 2010.  While the report doesn’t mention ebooks per se, it does highlight how library collections and services are used/not used by PhD student in the UK.  Students […]

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eBook platform comparison chart

June 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m not sure how I didn’t find this earlier, but thanks to a colleague, Erik Christopher, I am now aware of the JISC eBook comparison chart. It is available on the JISC site at and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including:  Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and […]

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OCLC/JISC Report on User Behavior Projects

May 10th, 2010 · Comments Off

OCLC Research scientists, in partnership with JISC, have analyzed and synthesized 12 separate studies to make it easier for information professionals to better understand information-seeking behaviors of library users and to review the issues associated with the development of information services and systems that will best meet these users’ needs. The Digital Information Seeker: Report […]

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eBook Course, University of Newcastle

February 10th, 2009 · Comments Off

Getting to grips with developing and managing e-book collections: an introduction to be held in the Netskills Training Suite, University of Newcastle Tuesday 27th October 2009, 9.30 – 16.30 Course Outline This course opens the door to a new electronic format and is designed to support librarians who are beginning to set up e-book collections. […]

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JISC Survey Report – Managing and Promoting e-Content a Major Concern

October 13th, 2008 · Comments Off

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 […]

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JISC eBooks Project

April 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

From the Joint Information Systems Committee (UK). This is one of the largest studies known on eBooks. What is it? The national e-books observatory project will assess the impacts, observe behaviours and develop new models to stimulate the e-books market, and do all this in a managed environment. More info and survey results available at: […]

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