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To Buy or Not to Buy: That Is the Question – E-Book Acquisition at the University of Macau Library. Paul W.T. Poon, Ph.D. University Librarian University of Macau June 2008 E-Book Conference HK. Contents. Emergence of E-Books To Buy or Not to Buy: UM’s Needs for E-Books

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To Buy or Not to Buy: That Is the Question – E-Book Acquisition at the University of Macau Library

Paul W.T. Poon, Ph.D. University Librarian

University of Macau

June 2008

E-Book Conference HK


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Contents

  • Emergence of E-Books

  • To Buy or Not to Buy: UM’s Needs for E-Books

  • UM’s Unique Situation

  • UM’s E-Book Collection Development and Management Policy and Practices

  • Concluding Remarks


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Emergence of E-Books

  • E-Databases (Libraries started to use during 1970s)

  • E-Journals (Libraries started to use during early and mid-1990s)

  • E-Books

    • Libraries began to collect end of 20th century and beginning of 21st century

    • Became a permanent feature in the last 3 – 5 years


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Emergence of E-Books (II)

  • A TCR (The Charleston Report) survey of 64 librarians from primarily academic libraries in USA at the end of 2007 (TCR – November/December 2007, Vol. 12/No. 3)

    • All except one planned to increase the holding of E-Books

    • 37 of the 64 librarians noticed an increased usage of E-Books


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Therefore, to Buy or Not to Buy?


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To Buy or Not to Buy: UM’s Needs for E-Books

  • Increasing demand on library materials

    • A bigger and more demanding users group

    • Inter-disciplinary courses


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A Bigger and More Demanding Users Group

  • Increasing number of faculty members (about 400 in year 2007)

  • Increasing number of students (about 6,400 in 2007)

  • Ten-Year Development Plan (2007/8 to 2016/7)

    • Student number to rise from 6,400 to 10,000; 70% to 80% Ug, and the remaining Pg (one-third should be MPhil or PhD students)


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A Bigger and More Demanding Users Group (II)

  • Within 5 years, 70% of faculty members should have a PhD (or equivalent) with a 30% senior staff ratio

  • Promote research culture

  • Earmark 10% of recurrent expenditure to research


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A Bigger and More Demanding Users Group (III)

  • Provide a variety of continuing education programmes


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Inter-Disciplinary Courses

  • Offer a wide range of programmes, particularly niche courses e.g., Macau Studies, Gaming Management

  • Whole Person Education and co-curricular programmes

THEREFORE, greater demand on popular titles


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E-Books Can Help!!

Multi-User Accessibility


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To Buy or Not to Buy: UM’s Needs for E-Books (II)

  • Users have used e-Databases/e-Journals and found it convenient. They come to expect the same with books

  • Today’s students are:

    • Digital natives

    • Millennials/Generation Y


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E-Books Can Help!!

Available on the web

Wired and hyper-linked


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To Buy or Not to Buy: UM’s Needs for E-Books (III)

  • About 280,000 volumes, but running out of shelving space shortly

    THEREFORE,

    E-Books can help!


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UM’s E-Book Collection Development Policy and Practices

  • Started to buy e-Books from Ebrary in 2006

  • At present, e-Book collection –

    • English titles: Around 35,000 titles

    • Chinese titles: Around 7,000 titles (Apabi)

  • Based on unique background and situation, different libraries have different collection development policy


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UM’s Unique Situation


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UM’s Unique Situation

  • Five Faculties:

    • Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)

    • Faculty of Education (FED)

    • Faculty of Law (FLL)

    • Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSH)

    • Faculty of Science and Technology (FST)

  • No of teaching staff:

  • No of students:

about 400

about 6,400


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UM Library Resources (as of 31-12-2007)


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UM’s E-Book Collection Development Policy and Practices

  • Different Faculties have different treatment

    • FBA & FST: Use English as teaching medium; therefore, English e-Books are acquired

    • FSH & FED: Use both English & Chinese; therefore, Chinese books are needed. But too few up-to-date Chinese e-Books are published. Have to acquire print copies

    • FLL: Use Portuguese in some courses. Not too many Portuguese e-Books.


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UM’s E-Book Collection Development Policy and Practices (II)

  • Selection Policy

    • E-Versions Vs Print Versions

      • Print copies are preferred by users because

        • Easier reading

        • More convenient printing-out

      • E-Copies are preferred by library staff because they are easier to handle


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UM’s E-Book Collection Development Policy and Practices (III)

  • In the case of journals, E-Versions are preferred because

    • Journal articles are shorter

    • Printing out is easy


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UM’s E-Book Collection Development Policy and Practices (IV)

  • E-Reference: Usage not high

    • For quick information -- Google or Wikipedia

    • Readers education is important


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UM’s E-Book Collection Development Policy and Practices (V)

  • Library Collaboration

    • UM is the only public-funded university in Macau and comparatively well-resourced

    • Other public or private academic institutions are not well-funded / Subjects taught not compatible

    • Difficult to establish co-operation scheme

    • Look for co-operation with libraries in Hong Kong


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Forum on “Library Collaboration in the Web 2.0 Age -- an International and Regional Perspective”「Web 2.0 時代的圖書館互聯 ─從國際及地區視野探討」論壇Co-organized by UM Library and JULAC5 September 2008University of Macau Library

ALL ARE WELCOME!


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Library Forum on 5 September 2008

University of Macau Library

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Rush Miller (University of Pittsburgh Library, USA)

Ms. Sherri Schmidt (Arizona State University Library, USA)

Mr. Michael Robinson (Hong Kong Institute of Education Library)

Dr. Paul W.T. Poon (University of Macau Library)

ALL ARE WELCOME!


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Concluding Remarks

  • UM Library will increasingly acquire more e-books

  • A survey will be conducted to gauge the level of usage of e-Books

  • It is hoped that the technical set-up and format of e-Books will improve

  • More publicity, marketing and users education of e-Books are needed


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Thank you!


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