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  1. Whatever happened to ebooks? OLA Session 516 9:00-10:15 a.m.

  2. 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

  3. Electronic Resources in Ontario • Creation of COOL in 1998 • Multi-sector consortium • Negotiate preferred pricing • Vendor agreements • No central funding

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. ...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

  8. 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

  9. 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+

  10. Public library participation • Number of libraries • 2002: 25 • 2003: 60 • Expenditures • $30,000 • $75,000

  11. 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

  12. Public library participation • Under 15,000 (27) • 15,001-50,000 (15) • 50,001-100,000 (7) • Over 100,001 (11) • Counties (4)

  13. 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!

  14. 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)

  15. 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)

  16. Looking back... • Expectations too high (dotcom frenzy) • Delivery mode (handheld, PDAs, web) • Business model (pricing) • Content (fiction vs. non fiction)

  17. Ebooks: valuable to libraries because... • Shared collection • Reduced costs • Collection development skills • Space/shelving shortages • Reference collection • Remote access • Electronic resources

  18. Email • Barbara Franchetto bfranchetto@sols.org • Janet Woodbridge jwoodbridge@city.windsor.on.ca • Joanne Lombardo jlombardo@tpl.toronto.on.ca