The UK academic vision for e-books JISC national e-books observatory project Liam Earney Collections Team Manager Caren Milloy JISC Collections Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.jisc-collections.ac.uk www.jiscebooksproject.org TEXTBOOKS TEXTBOOKS
Collections Team Manager Caren Milloy
JISC Collections Project Manager
The need for a new vision
A feasibility study on the acquisition of e-books by HE libraries and the role of JISC
The UK education community will have access to quality e-book content that is of high relevance to teaching, learning and research across the broadest range of subject areas. Flexible business and licensing models will support a diversity of needs, allowing users to do what they want when they want and how they want. All e-books will be easily discoverable and consistent standards will allow all content to be fully integrated into library, learning and research environments.
How do I find out whether the books I want are available in e-format, which publishers are offering them and what platforms they are available on?
Steps required: Take the lead in initiating and establishing the feasibility of such a catalogue
I am a librarian and the students enrolled at my institution can be part time, full time, distance learners, on campus, off campus, in a partner institution, working in research lab, working on a project with a business or overseas. Isn’t the term remote access irrelevant?
Steps required: Explore new models with publishers and aggregators and create forums for discussion
If all e-book platforms have different standards and levels of functionality how in the world are we meant to know all this, communicate it to our users and integrate the e-books with library systems and emerging technologies?
Steps required: Communicate benefits of standards compliance and monitor emerging standards
If we can’t let more than one student access an e-book at a time, or if a user can’t copy a section of text into an assignment or if a student can’t access the e-book direct from a reading list or course area within a VLE how are we meant to encourage enough use of the books to justify the cost?
Steps required: Develop access and licensing models in line with how users actually utilise e-books
As format becomes less relevant to users and they simply see it all as stuff that helps their learning and research, how do I as a librarian ensure that it is presented in a way that helps them find what they want when they want it?
Steps required: Explore and harness the skill sets of the future
I want flexible e-book agreements that allow me to pick the titles that my institution needs, sometimes I just want to buy a chapter of an e-book.
Steps required: Partner with the e-books industry and the library community to experiment with alternative business models
My institution is pushing forward a policy on its own repository and the use of JORUM, what are the implications of this for my e-book licenses and what about archival access?
Steps required: Monitor the progress and impact of institutional repositoriesand national repositories
If users see content as ‘stuff’ and are used to searching in the online environment and flicking from one link to another selecting content of interest as they go, I worry that they will not reference properly and that plagiarism may increase.
Steps required: Raise awareness and require content providers to incorporate the submission of content into Turnitin as part of the model licence.
There is a demand for core reading list e-books in my institution but these are not being made available and when I ask publishers why they say that there is no evidence of the demand and thus they are reluctant to make these e-books available. But if they don’t make the core titles available online then users are not as interested and therefore the level of demand seems low.
Steps required: The national e-book observatory project
Collaboration and sharing
Thank you for listening