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Friday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Scholarly eBooks in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Longitudinal Assessment of Project Muse/UPCC eBooks at Emory, Harvard, and Yale

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Project Muse/UPCC eBooks is currently one of the major distribution channels for humanities and social sciences e-book content. Partnering with approximately 100 academic publishers, the Project Muse eBook initiative makes available over 25,000 recent year (and copyright protected) academic press titles, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, and Area Studies. These titles are made available on the familiar Project Muse journal platform: content is cross-searchable, downloadable in PDF format (without DRM restrictions), and archived in Portico. There has long been debate and speculation of user preferences in terms of print versus electronic formats. This panel will discuss assessment projects in place for analyzing these questions at three major ARL libraries which have acquired Project Muse/UPCC e-book content while simultaneously keeping in place their acquisition of identical print content. By acquiring Project Muse/UPCC e-books while simultaneously maintaining their print acquisitions for identical titles, these libraries have acquired rich data with which to ask and answer a number of important and vexing questions of longstanding. For instance, how do our patrons respond when given a choice between accessing the same titles in print versus a widely accepted digital format? Are there certain fields/disciplines, call number ranges, or other sets of users that lean one way or another? Speculation abounds as to scholar preferences for print versus digital content, especially in the humanities and social sciences, and this panel will present plans and initial findings for studying the question empirically. This focus on data assessment and empirical study of user preferences aligns nicely with this year’s theme “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

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Celeste Feather

Sr Dr of Content and Schol Comm Initiatives, LYRASIS
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Katherine Leach, MLIS, MA

Librarian for Western Languages Collections, Harvard University

Christopher Palazzolo

Head of Collections, Emory University
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Sarah Tudesco

Program Director, Assessment & User Experience Research, Yale University Library

Friday November 7, 2014 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Pinckney Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403