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Thursday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Who are the Winners? E-books Consortial Purchasing

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Over the last year, JISC Collections has undertaken a project, managed by Information Power, to see if there is an effective way to purchase e-books on a title by title basis with a collaborative group of academic libraries. The aim of the project is to explore if all books receive sufficient use to provide value-for-money for libraries; how such an initiative could be equitably funded by libraries; how much would publishers charge; what benefits there would be for participating publishers; and how it would be managed.

Previous consortial e-books projects have been undertaken in Germany and Spain, but no analysis was done of usage, cost per use and value. The JISC project includes 5 libraries and 6 publishers, and focuses on e-books in engineering. Usage data and cost data have been collected and analysis is currently in progress.

Interim results of the project are showing considerable savings for libraries and excellent cost-per use. By November there will be a full analysis of all the cost and usage data, with detailed breakdowns of use by subject, publisher and institution. Find out who are the winners (and losers?) at this year’s conference.


Helen Henderson

Managing Director, Information Power Ltd
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Hazel Woodward

Director, Information Power Ltd
Having worked in academic libraries for the majority of my career, I am passionate about e-content and digital library innovation. I have undertaken research on areas of scholarly communication and published many articles and books. My current passion is for our company Information... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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