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
Cory Tucker, Head of Collection Development from UNLV and Emilie Delquie, VP of Publishers Communication Group provided an overview of the variety of ways in which electronic content is being procured in libraries. Cory discussed several current driving factors for procurement including decreasing library budgets, the variety of business models available, and network level access and discovery of content.
Emilie provided several statistical charts to show the shift of ARL expenditures from print to electronic (estimated 80% on electronic by 2020). She borrowed her slides from James Michalko at OCLC. Continue reading
Yesterday at the Charleston Conference we hosted a preconference on eBooks, titled “eBooks: Not just another binding.” Carolyn Morris from Coutts, James Galbraith from OCLC, Janet Fischer from PCG Industries, and Sue Polanka from Wright State University organized the preconference. There were 5 sessions on a variety of topics. The discussion was great, questions were thought provoking, and feedback was excellent. A great big thanks to all of our speakers for sharing their time and expertise.
The presentations from the sessions will be posted here on the NSR blog. The first session was on eBook standards, presented by Emilie Delquie of PCG and Randy Petway of Publishing Technologies. Their presentations are attached below. Contact information for each speaker is in the slides.
Session 1 – eBook Standards
Our speakers will examine ebook standards from an industry and library perspective, specifically: What standards exist? What standards should exist? What librarians want in the way of ebook standards.
Emilie Delquie, Head of Research, Publishers Communication Group presentation
Randy Petway, Exec Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Publishing Technology presentation