See parts one and two of this session for more information. Â The session was described by one of the speakers as “speed dating for eBooks”- evaluating the relationships between libraries, publishers, vendors. Â Best thing I heard all day.
Group three – Becky Clark, Johns Hopkins, Alex Holzman, Temple UP, Rob Kairis and Kay Downey, OhioLINK
- Becky – finding that: client publishers want better e-book distribution options, library clients want more e content, commercial aggregations haven’t served publishers or libraries very well, university presses need new revenue streams to offset declining print sales.
- Alex – Looking for a way to form a consortia for ebooks, trying to get several university presses together. Â They’ve had interest from about 50 UP’s, plan to have PDF’s to start and move to XML later, plan to have purchase/subscription models. Â Seeing declining sales of print books to university libraries, presses are more focused on print books and we want e, library marketplace for ebooks has hit a tipping point. Â UP’s can’t afford to offer ebooks on their own, so they are trying to form their own consortium.
- Kay – challenges in acquisition include – publisher embargoes, acquisition workflow, licensing (unlimited simultaneous use, mobile devices, ILL, etc); cost – want to see some type of standard model, use – what constitutes a use? Â OhioLINK did an ebook survey of its members – 116 librarians at 52 different libraries – accessed by multiple users when library is closed, libraries don’t purchase or lease ebooks individually b/c they are waiting for the consortia.
- Rob – We need to get past the physics of this first – print vs. e; e- issues of space/time don’t really exist and yet we want to treat ebooks the same way we treat print books. Â Libraries don’t want to spend more money on ebooks than print, but want publishers to stay in business too. Â We need to think about ebooks as a revolutionary idea rather than an evolutionary idea. Librarians – do we really need to own books anymore? Â The ebook doesn’t necessitate ownership, so why can’t we have a leased based model – lease more, own less.
Interesting discussion ensued about Rob’s idea of just leasing books. Sorry I can’t share due to request of attendees.