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Thursday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
“Access vs. Ownership” Revisited: Quinnipiac University Libraries’ STL Program with eBooks

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Challenged by a historically small monographs collection, a considerable growth in the number of students and academic programs, and faced with space limitations in the stacks, Quinnipiac University librarians began their large scale investment in eBooks in January 2011. Initially, we subscribed to Ebrary’s Academic Complete collection. That same year, we began a conversation with EBL and its then VP of Sales Dr. David Swords. It was our desire to compare a subscription approach with a patron-driven acquisitions strategy as we further examined the place of eBooks in our libraries. Initially, in 2012, we offered EBL titles published from 2010—2012. Yet questions remained around the purchase of eBooks EVEN when our patrons used EBL titles. An eBook, used but once or twice took up no shelf space, but it represented a purchase – funds spent. In ownership, it also represented a unit that required care, feeding, and quite possibly weeding. Discussions with our colleagues at Fairfield University about their STL (short-term loan) strategy intrigued us, and we are indebted to them for sharing data, observations, and issues encountered. In October 2012, Quinnipiac’s Arnold Bernhard Library expanded its own STL initiative, making available the entire EBL catalog and adhering almost completely to STL activity. That is, we bought almost no eBooks but made more than 300,000 academic titles available to our patrons. Charles Getchell, former Director of the Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac; June DeGennaro, Collection Management Librarian, Quinnipiac; and David Swords, EBL-Ebook Library/ProQuest will share with you key elements of the planning, implementation, and outcome assessment of this full-fledged STL program at Quinnipiac University. Surprises, discoveries, and future plans will be shared as well. We remain intrigued, as at present, only three known academic libraries in North America have this valuable access strategy in place.

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June DeGennaro

Collection Management Librarian, Quinnipiac University
A Catholic University of America MLS graduate and a librarian for over 30 years, June is currently part of the Technical Services team at Quinnipiac University. Her responsibilities include acquisitions, serials, licensing and statistical gathering for the library’s print and electronic... Read More →
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Charles Getchell

College Librarian, Saint Anselm College
Charles Getchell became College Librarian at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH in May 2013. Previously, he was College Librarian and then Director of the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University 1995 – 2013. His primary interests and background are in collection development... Read More →

David Swords

Director of Consortium Sales, ProQuest
David Swords is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ebook Library and has worked with academic and special libraries for 15 years.  He is the editor of Patron-Driven Acquisitions:  History and Best Practices, published by Walter DeGruyter in late 2011.  Swords has a Ph.D... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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