Quo Vadis?Whither goest the Syracuse University Library and ebooks? Scott Warren 4/29/11
Ebook Group • Mary DeCarlo – Education and Mathematics Librarian • Tasha Cooper – Social Sciences Bibliographer • Scott Warren – Head of Collections • Thea Atwood – iSchool Student, Escience Fellow • 613 project, iSchool Course
Questions before getting into ebooks • Do you need space? • Do you want to duplicate some of your collection? • Are your patrons out of the office/workplace a lot? • Is your content rapidly changing or do you want titles in perpetuity? • Who are your primary patrons? • Can you afford to experiment? • Will this funding take away from other purchases? • Which platform(s) offer the best usability? • Can you get good statistics and if so, which one(s) count? • Discoverability – ebooks are invisible otherwise
How do we navigate? From http://www.concerttee.com/posters/posters.php?item=2936322. Original photo by Anthony Waltham
Topics • Do we have a direction? • What we already have • Buying: • Aggregators • Directly or via intermediary • Major publishers • Rent or buy? • Backfiles • New issues • Preservation • Readers and mobile devices • Textbooks • Free books (Google, HathiTrust, etc.)
Lay of the Land (12/9/09) • # of monograph records in SUMMIT: 1,951,650 • # of uncataloged full-text ebooks: 1,949,391 • But what are all of these ‘books’? • Some are rented, others bought • Some are growing sets, others static • Some OA, most cost money
Sample list of new ebooks 6/28/10 • Industry research using the economic census • Albright's chemical engineering handbook • CRC handbook of modern telecommunications • Handbook of mechanical engineering terms • Handbook of plant-based biofuels • Handbook of water purity and quality • Nuclear engineering handbook • Renewable energy focus handbook • Springer handbook of automation • Developing students' statistical reasoning • Forensic entomology • Rick Rubin • Beginners guide to R • Encyclopedia of forensic sciences • Hidden Markov models for time series • Software for data analysis • Structural equation modeling with AMOS • Advances in hospitality and leisure: Volume 5 • A comprehensive guide to factorial two-level experimentation • Grow from within • Encyclopedia of alternative investments • Property derivatives • Direct store delivery
Helping patrons make sense of it all! • http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/ebooks
An Aggregator Case Study: Ebrary 1 • ebraryis excited to announce the availability of brand-new Starter Packs for 2011, which make it easier and more affordable for you to purchase the most essential e-books from leading publishers in 25 high-use subject areas! • Starting at just US$1,800, these packages may be purchased in their entirety at a discount, or used as selection tools for individual e-books from Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and other leading publishers. Best of all, titles are not available in any of our subscription products, including Academic Complete™, or Starter Packs from 2010 and earlier! • Business & Economics • Career Guides • Child Development • Climate Change & Green Energy • Computers & IT • Education • Engineering & Technology • Environment • Geriatrics • Globalization • History & Political Science • Humanities • Interdisciplinary & Area Studies • Language, Literature & Linguistics • Law, International Relations & Public Policy
Ebrary 2 • Life Sciences • Mathematics • Medicine • Nursing & Allied Health • Physical Sciences • Psychology & Social Work • Religion, Philosophy & Classics • Sociology & Anthropology • Sports & Recreation • Veterinary Medicine • OVER 1,200 NEW E-BOOKS FOR PURCHASE • Supplement your Starter Packs with more than 1,200 newly added e-books in all subject areas from our growing catalog of over 226,800 perpetual access titles, many of which are also available for Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA). You may buy access for any number of users, and there is never a check-out period! • LAST MONTH FOR FREE E-BOOK COLLECTIONS • Best of all, for every new US$5,000 order—subscription, perpetual access or Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA)—through March 31, you may choose a micro-collection that will be subsidized by ebrary for two years. The average list price of these micro-collections exceeds US$5,000, and none of the titles will be available in our subscription products during the free access period.
Ebrary 3 • ebraryhas a hosting fee, unless • the customer subscribes to a subscription collection (Academic Complete, College Collection or the Subject Collections). • If the library subscribes, the hosting fee is waived. • Annual hosting fee is 5% of aggregate title purchases, • subject to a minimum of $250 and • maximum of $1,500 per annual term, invoiced at end of term and payable within 30 days. • Hosting fee billed one year after first perpetual access title purchase.
But wait, there’s more! • A Reader is not required to view documents in ebrary, just an internet connection • Titles are accessible on some mobile devices such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and iPad • Substantially ADA (American Disabilities Act) Compliant including a text-to-speech capability • Growing selection e-books and other titles from more than 425 leading publishers and aggregators • A platform that you can submit your own documents on that can seamlessly integrate with whatever content you already have! • 3 different license models: • 1. Subscription - Simultaneous, multi-user access to Growing, Single Publisher, or Custom collections that are licensed on an annual basis. • 2. Perpetual Access - Simultaneous, multi-user or single-user access to customized online book databases bought as a one-time purchase. We also have perpetual access starter packs that are bought as a collection and are discounted as a collection OR you can hand select title-by-title • 3. Patron driven acquisition – ebrary provides free access to titles of your choice, purchases are triggered based on real usage by your patrons!
Aggregator Case Study 2: EBL • Platform Fee: two options for payment. • Pay as you go = list price of titles plus 10% hosting fee, caps at $5000. • Up-Front Payment = $3000. • Maintenance Fee: • Only applies if the library has paid the platform fee in full and begins one year after the platform fee is paid. Maintenance fees are $750 but are waived if the library is spending 3K or more per year on content. • YBP and EBL announced the launch of a Demand-Driven Acquisitions Service (DDA) in November 2010.
Aggregator 3: EBSCO/Netlibrary • All orders will be booked and billed using the prepaid access fee of 55% of the list price of each title.
SAGE • There are no license requirements for SAGE unless 8 or more titles are purchased in a single transaction or a collection is purchased. In this case SAGE will send the license out after you place the order.
Yet another vendor • Attached is a list of the latest titles from Greenwood Press, Praeger, Libraries Unlimited, and ABC-CLIO imprints that have been added to our ebook collection. Our current ebook platform has approximately 7,000 titles available. We offer free MARC records and unlimited user access. Individuals are able to create their own bookshelves and add notes for easy referencing.
Elsevier book series • Several print series changed to e-only subscriptions • Backfiles purchased at same time • Sample titles: • Advances in Applied Microbiology • Current Topics in Membranes
Too many choices?!? From http://discoveringurbanism.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html
What we don’t want to end up with!! From http://tweaktoday.com/missions_accomplished/2009/9/5
Questions after getting into ebooks • How do I assess usage? • Do we actually ‘own’ this content? • When is it ‘safe’ to discard print equivalents? • How do I keep moving forward with new options? • Who does the actual support work for all of these platforms? Or, how can I keep track of all the myriad functions? • What about ereaders? • What if a company fails? • Weeding?
Portico ebooks • In response to both the library community’s evolving preservation needs and the growth in publisher participation, Portico will offer separate e-book and e-journal preservation services beginning on January 1, 2011. • Portico’s new E-Book Preservation Service, which to date covers nearly 66,000 committed titles, mirrors Portico’s current model already in place as part of its e-journal preservation service. • To date, all but two participating e-book publishers have specified Portico as a mechanism for PCA.
Patron-Driven Purchase • http://www.library.arizona.edu/services/services-a-z/patron-driven-acquisition • http://eclecticlibrarian.net/blog/2010/06/nasig-2010-let-the-patron-drive-purchase-on-demand-of-e-books/ • http://www.ybp.com/patron_driven_acquisitions.html
Why PDA? • Many titles never circulate! • The Pittsburgh Study from 1973 (Allen Kent) showed that 40% of books at U of Pittsburgh did not circulate even after 7 years on shelf • Studies ever since show the same pattern • UVM usage study in 2006 showed (surprise!) 40% of books did not circulate From Peter Spitzform, University of Vermont • Patron driven titles are guaranteed at least one use. • Must put aside funds for this.
A NY example • NYU participated in Elsevier's Evidence Based Pilot last year. We prepaid $70,000 and received one-year's worth of access to the backlist ebooks in a number of series. We were able to study the use after the one year period and make selections using the full $70,000 based on use and/or our awareness of programs on campus (either way)… We were easily able to spend the $70,000 on content that had demonstrated use. Angela Carreño Head of Collection Development New York University [alcts-eforum] Evidence based model Tue 4/12/2011 2:34 PM
Many choices redux • Comparing vendors
New Kids on the Block From http://mhpbooks.com/mobylives/?p=11007
Kindle • We experimented with this in 2009 • Accessibility is very important!! • For the details, see http://surface.syr.edu/sul/46
E textbooks • http://library.lehigh.edu/sagespages/?p=247 • Not exactly a direct issue for us, but certainly ancillary.
Ebooks Survey (from EBSCO) • eBooks Survey #2Uncovering their Real Impact on the Publishing Market • Key findings from the 2nd survey of over 600 publishers in July 2010 include: • 64% of all publishers are offering titles in eBook format. Up 11% from the first survey. • Only 7% of publishers are implementing enhancements to their eBooks, suggesting that most publishers are not aware of the EPUB standard’s inherent support for content enhancement, including audio and video. • 61% of Trade/Consumer publishers support the EPUB eBook format standard. 18% more than any other publisher type. • The greatest eBook production challenge is still eReader/content compatibility issues. • Even with the near universal EPUB format standard, today's fragmented eReader market makes quality eBook production a moving target, requiring manual manipulation to retain consistent formatting across device-types. From Library Use of eBooks, 2011 Edition Primary Research Group | 2011
What about the 900 lb orilla? • Google books • Should our older print titles be linked to GB? • Titles put in storage or w/d • HathiTrust?
An example from our collection • Aventures de capitainePamphile • Syracuse catalog : in print • HathiTrust: online • Should we link to this? Is it an SU ebook ?
Just do it! • I have started a policy of not even asking if a patron wants a title as an e-book. I order it as an e-book whenever possible and if I receive any complaints, I just order a hard copy. To my surprise and pleasure, perhaps 1 in 100 times I have to order the print format. • -A. Ben Wagner, Sciences Librarian University at Buffalo, Thu 4/7/2011 4:35 PM. PAMNET
A useful philosophy? Q: Do you know the difference between education and experience? A: Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't. - Pete Seeger From: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_experience.html#ixzz1HdwMkLY0
“Where do we go, where do we go now?”* • Again – do we have a target or goal? What are we trying to achieve? *noted scholar and thinker Axl Rose, “Sweet Child of Mine”