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Whatever happened to ebooks? OLA Session 516 9:00-10:15 a.m. Whatever happened to ebooks? Presenters: Barbara Franchetto, Deputy Director Southern Ontario Library Service Janet Woodbridge, Manager of Special Populations Services

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whatever happened to ebooks

Whatever happened to ebooks?

OLA

Session 516

9:00-10:15 a.m.

whatever happened to ebooks2
Whatever happened to ebooks?
  • Presenters:
    • Barbara Franchetto, Deputy Director Southern Ontario Library Service
    • Janet Woodbridge, Manager of Special Populations Services
    • Joanne Lombardo, Collections Coordinator, Electronic Materials, Toronto, Public Library
electronic resources in ontario
Electronic Resources in Ontario
  • Creation of COOL in 1998
    • Multi-sector consortium
    • Negotiate preferred pricing
    • Vendor agreements
    • No central funding
context long long ago in the year 2000
Context: Long, long ago, in the year 2000...
  • Ebooks for the library market
    • Handheld devices
      • Experimentation in library environment
      • Windsor PL, Toronto PL & Richmond Hill PL (early adopters)
    • Web based delivery
      • COOL
bleeding edge
Bleeding edge!

Market:

  • Ebook market new, innovative, exciting and riding the dotcom boom
  • Analysts announced the end of bookstores and libraries
  • No more bricks and mortar!

Issues:

  • Handheld vs. web based
  • Standards vs. proprietary
  • Various delivery and pricing models
let s share
Let’s share!
  • Volume purchases result in deeper discounts
  • Libraries can provide more content for less money
  • Minimize risk
  • Users in multiple sectors
  • Consortium advantagein negotiating with vendor
and the show must go on
...and the show must go on!
  • COOL created a provincial ebook collection
  • Intra-consortial agreement:
    • OCUL contributed collection
    • Bibliocentre and SOLS contributed funds to expand existing collection
    • Purchase titles in perpetuity
    • Review value of shared collection
    • Expanding collection
show me the money
Show me the money!
  • Money in the middle (late 2001)
  • Purchase of ebook titles
  • netLibrary as the ebook vendor
  • Add-on to existing OCUL collection
  • OUTCOME:
    • More bang for our collective buck!
    • No minimum amount required per library
provincial shared ebook collection
Provincial Shared Ebook Collection
  • OCUL collection of 2000 titles
  • Bibliocentre collection 400 titles
  • SOLS collection 680
  • Cliffs Notes almost 400 titles (4 copies)
  • Total number of titles: 3600+
public library participation
Public library participation
  • Number of libraries
    • 2002: 25
    • 2003: 60
  • Expenditures
    • $30,000
    • $75,000
public library fee schedule
Public Library Fee Schedule

Population served Fee

<15,000 $ 100

15,001-50,000 $ 500

50,001-100,000 $2,500

>100,001 $5,000

County $1,000

First Nations PL $ 100

public library participation12
Public library participation
  • Under 15,000 (27)
  • 15,001-50,000 (15)
  • 50,001-100,000 (7)
  • Over 100,001 (11)
  • Counties (4)
collection development
Collection Development
  • Public Libraries
    • Originally, each library submitted titles
    • In 2003, created Collection Development Committee
    • Over 660 titles added in December 2003
    • More to come!
what a library wants top 5
What a library wants: Top 5
  • Literature (U=3; C=5)
  • Business, Economics, Management (U=1; C=1)
  • Computers (U=4; C=3)
  • Medicine (U=5; C=2)
  • Social Sciences (U=2; C=4)
we ve come a long way baby
We’ve come a long way baby!
  • Collection is growing (almost 4000 titles)
  • Participation is growing (over 60 public libraries)
  • Use is growing (over 122,000 accesses in public libraries)
looking back
Looking back...
  • Expectations too high (dotcom frenzy)
  • Delivery mode (handheld, PDAs, web)
  • Business model (pricing)
  • Content (fiction vs. non fiction)
ebooks valuable to libraries because
Ebooks: valuable to libraries because...
  • Shared collection
  • Reduced costs
  • Collection development skills
  • Space/shelving shortages
  • Reference collection
  • Remote access
  • Electronic resources
email
Email
  • Barbara Franchetto

bfranchetto@sols.org

  • Janet Woodbridge

jwoodbridge@city.windsor.on.ca

  • Joanne Lombardo

jlombardo@tpl.toronto.on.ca