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Saturday, November 8 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Are E-Book Big Deals Still Valuable?

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The academic e-book market has undergone significant change in the last five years. E-book availability has greatly increased as library demand has grown, with an increasing percentage of library acquisitions preferring electronic rather than print format. E-book acquisition models like patron-driven acquisition and short-term loan have now become commonplace and available from a multitude of consortia, publishers and aggregators. With the wide availability of these models, is there still value in buying e-books through package deals?
To help answer this question, we will present the results of a usage-based analysis of Wiley e-books. Since 2012, Miami University Libraries have purchased Wiley e-book collections through a consortial OhioLINK contract. Previously purchased OhioLINK e-book collections have been accessible to patrons through both OhioLINK's Electronic Book Center platform and the publisher platform. The Wiley e-book purchase deviates from previous practice by being available to patrons only on the publisher platform and our analysis is therefore focused on COUNTER e-book usage reports from the Wiley platform. We also augment the usage data with title-level information, such as subject and book type. This preliminary study focuses on the 2012 Wiley collection and its use over a three-year period (2012-2014) and will include data-driven findings presented in visually useful ways. Some of the questions we will explore include:
  • Are Wiley e-books being used and how?
  • How does Wiley e-book usage compare to previous e-book usage analysis for other consortially purchased e-book packages? (e.g., Springer or Oxford)
  • Is there still value in buying at the collection level as opposed to a title-by-title or patron-driven basis?
  • Does the number of unused titles diminish each year?
  • What titles/subjects attract significant usage?
There will also be a brief discussion about how our findings relate to other usage-based studies.

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Jennifer Bazeley

Interim Head, Tech Services, Miami University Libraries
Jennifer Bazeley has a BM and an MM in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music and an MLIS from Dominican University in Illinois. Her love of serials and electronic resources started with a student job in the DePaul University Library in Chicago, IL. Since completing her MLIS in 2004, Jennifer has worked in technical services in the library at the Field Museum in Chicago, the Mason Public Library in Ohio, and the library at the... Read More →

Aaron Shrimplin

Associate Dean, Miami University Libraries

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 122, Addlestone Library 205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29205