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The Strategies of Taiwan E-book Consortia - A Case Study of 2007 Chinese E-books Consortium Kun-Huang Huarng Hui-Chuan Winnie Wang Feng Chia University Library 3 June 2008 Outline of P resentation Background 2005 Super eBook Consortium, Cicada 2007 Chinese E-books Consortium

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the strategies of taiwan e book consortia a case study of 2007 chinese e books consortium

The Strategies of Taiwan E-book Consortia - A Case Study of 2007 Chinese E-books Consortium

Kun-Huang Huarng

Hui-Chuan Winnie Wang

Feng Chia University Library

3 June 2008

outline of p resentation
Outline of Presentation
  • Background
  • 2005Super eBook Consortium, Cicada
  • 2007 Chinese E-books Consortium
  • 2007 Questionnaire Survey Analysis
  • Key Findings
  • Suggestions
background
Background
  • Electronic journals and electronic books are growing rapidly.
  • The budgets of the university libraries cannot catch the growth of prices.
  • Consortium collective purchase and resource sharing to acquire a critical mass of e-books.
the first e book consortium in taiwan
The First e-Book Consortium in Taiwan
  • Taiwan E-Book Network (TEBNET) was founded in 2001 by Feng Chia University, as the first e-book consortium in Taiwan.
  • In 2002, TEBNET completed the first collective purchase and resource sharing consortium in Taiwan.
  • 21 member libraries purchased 7,128 netLibrary e-book titles , in addition to 3,404 free-access e-book titles. Hence, there are 10,532 titles in total.
  • The price of each title is reduced from US$56.24 to US$2.46.
2005 super ebook consortium cicada
2005 Super eBook Consortium, Cicada
  • 42 academic libraries in Taiwan and 6 university libraries in Hong Kong joined together to achieve a procurement of largest amount of up to US$3.35million.
  • Cicada has significantly helped its members to access 42,091 titles / 51,901 volumes of professional and academic e-books with perpetual ownership.
  • The average price of each e-book is reduced to below US$1.
strategies of the 2007 chinese e books consortium
Strategies of the 2007 Chinese E-books Consortium
  • The target is Chinese e-books.
  • To make use of the consortium collective purchase and reduce the human resources cost
  • Collective purchasing power and shared access e-books with perpetual ownership.
  • To make use of collective acquisitions to improve thethe depth and width of the member’s collection.
  • Negotiate with vendor and acquire consortium’s shared access to six copies.
  • NT$ 500,000 / Nonmember, NT$ 470,000/Member
effectiveness of the 2007 chinese e books consortium
Effectiveness of the 2007 Chinese E-books Consortium
  • 41 libraries in Taiwan joined the consortium
  • Shared access to 32,960 titles of academic Chinese e-books with perpetual ownership.
  • The average price of each title is NT$15.
2007 chinese e books consortium questionnaire survey analysis
2007 Chinese E-books Consortium questionnaire survey analysis
  • Based on the 2005 Cicada’s perspective study prepared by Run Run Shaw Library, City University of Hong Kong.
  • To collect opinions from member libraries that participated in the 2007 Chinese E-books Consortium on the following aspects:1. Cost benefit analysis2. Current trends of collection development policy on e-book collection3. Projected trends for e-book collection4. Assessment of the consortium development process
  • 41 questionnaires were distributed, 39 valid questionnaires were returned, with a return rate of 95%
cost benefit of e book consortium
Cost benefit of e-Book consortium
  • Five aspects,including:
    • Price
    • Collection Development
    • Technical Services
    • User Services
    • Other reasons (such as it infrastructure, staff development, e-learning etc.)
key findings 1 2
Key Findings 1/2
  • Chinese e-Books collections are insufficient in member libraries.
  • Most member libraries favor to purchase Chinese e-books perpetual access.
  • Main reasons for joining the consortium:
    • The number of sharable titles of this consortium is significant (Strongly Agree: 69%)
    • Reduce the administrative cost for technical services processing(Strongly Agree: 64%)
    • The number of member libraries of this consortium is large and the buying power is strong(Strongly Agree: 64%)
key findings 2 2
Key Findings 2/2
  • The current policies of most libraries are considering e-books as the supplement of the paper books.
  • In the future, those policies will change. E-books collection development policy will replace paper books. However, the budgets for e-books still depend on the total budgets.
  • The participant libraries greatly acknowledge the effectiveness of the consortium, their willingness to join is rather high.
suggestions
Suggestions
  • Libraries can expand the e-book collection by consortia.
  • Libraries can enhance the quality and quantity of Chinese e-book collection.
  • Library consortia can strengthen the operations effectively, establish great acquisition model and development core collection.
  • Libraries can establish the model of electronic books evaluation.
  • Library consortia can strengthen cooperative interests and establish ties with international consortia.