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Friday, November 7 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Evidence-Based eBook Purchasing: Results and Implications from a Consortia-Publisher Initiative

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With libraries under increasing financial pressure to demonstrate value in their collections, the University of California (UC) explores adopting a value methodology that had origins in evaluating journal packages, taking into account utility, quality, and cost-effectiveness. Reviewing a publisher’s eBook package by imprint year and determining how best to select content based on users’ needs becomes more complicated when a library wants strong licensing terms and to be fiscally responsible. As a publisher, T&F understands these challenges as well as the need to offer a variety of creative purchasing options to meet libraries’ varying needs. To this end, the UC engaged with Taylor & Francis Group to use evidence-based acquisitions as one method of acquiring CRCnetBASE eBook content. CRCnetBASE is T&F’s STEM content eBook platform, containing over 12,000+ titles in over 350 subject areas and 36 distinct collections.

We will discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by such a model, as well as lessons learned. For monographs, new applications are needed and evidence-based purchasing provides options supporting why and how UC users integrate books into their academic work. By having such alternatives, observing what is being read, libraries can determine what content to purchase and retain. This evidence-based method reaffirms how libraries have evolved from acquiring content based on perceptions and anticipated needs to more efficiently analyzing resource investments defined by use and publishers can more actively engage in the process by providing more effective data points. From a publisher’s perspective, this experience revealed the need for refined internal processes, efficient and timely addition of metadata, and fast and accurate usage statistics. It also highlighted the necessity of giving sufficient time for newly-published titles to be discovered. And finally, it showed the promise of offering greater control to libraries with a measure of predictability for publishers with a pre-agreed spend amount.

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Julia Gelfand

Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, University of California, Irvine
Julia Gelfand has participated in many Charleston conferences for nearly 20 years.  She continues to have interests in many aspects of the library, publisher, vendor triad that shapes collection development decisions and is watching the tides shift with new and emerging technologies... Read More →
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Susan Sanders

Account Manager, eBooks and Digital Reference, Taylor & Francis Group
Susan Sanders is your T&F West Coast sales contact for eBooks and Databases. She will be available along with her colleagues Gillian Howcroft and Michael Pisano (Journals & Digital Archives). Susan will be presenting T&F's new Sustainable Development Goals Online resource, and would... Read More →

Friday November 7, 2014 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Cypress South, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401