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Friday, November 8 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Ebooks Down Under

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Australian libraries have been early adopters of groundbreaking ebook initiatives for the past 10 years, helping to build and shape some of the innovative models and tools we use today. There has been a significant shift to e-preferred collection policies and ebook acquisition programs, including Demand-driven acquisition (DDA), are generally substantially larger and more established in Australia than North America.

In 2006, Swinburne was the first ever library to load the full EBL catalog into its library OPAC and make all titles available for immediate access using EBL's DDA model. Swinburne expends over 80% of its resources budget on electronic resources and provides access to more ebooks than print books.

Evidence from University of Western Australia shows that DDA is more effective in selecting relevant material for the collection. In 2012, DDA usage indicated 99.59% of titles auto-purchased by DDA saw further use. As a result, UWA is currently implementing an e-preferred strategy across all monographic acquisition processes.

This presentation will present and discuss studies from two institutions that have shaped ebook collections in Australia, and look back at the bold beginnings of Demand-driven Acquisitions and to where Australia is now - where a markedly more established ebook purchasing market exists.

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Tony Davies

Deputy Director, Library Services, Swinburne University of Technology
Tony started working as a librarian at Swinburne University on a 2 week contract in 1987 and he's still there, although he has taken on a number of different roles over the years. In 2016 the Library merged with Student Administration to form a new department Student Administration... Read More →
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Michelle Morgan

eBook Librarian, Information Resources Access Management, University of Western Australia
Michelle graduated from the post graduate diploma in Library and Information Studies in 2007 and initially worked in the public library sector. She began as a Senior Library Officer at UWA in 2009 and in 2010 she won a position as Institutional Repository Librarian & Ebook Librarian... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2013 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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