ebrary announced today the launch of the much awaited patron driven acquisition model.Â It’s been a couple of years in the making, received considerable testing, and was grown from librarian demand and suggestions.Â A brief history:
ALAMW Conference, 2009.Â ebrary hosted a session to discuss patron driven acquisitions and many librarians were there to offer suggestions.
January, 2010, the PDA pilot testing is extended while ebrary conducts additional surveys.
October, 2010 – The ebrary PDA model is Live!
The key features of the PDA model, from the ebrary press release include: Continue reading ebrary’s PDA Model is Finally Live
On Saturday morning at ALA, a group of librarians and publishers gathered together to discuss the world of eBooks, particularly aspects of consortial purchasing. Â Each hour of the discussion a panel of publishers and librarians was on hand to lead the discussion.
The event was organized by Michael Zeoli at YBP, Julie Gammon at the University of Akron, and Tony Horava at OCUL. Â Michael began the event with general slides about eBook and print book availability and sales. Â He also offered a few anonymous comments from librarians. Â I’ll try to get copies of his slides to post. Continue reading Mad World of eBooks part one – ALA discussion
From an ebrary press release:
Final survey report now freely available courtesy of Charleston Conference, YBP, and ebrary
December 21, 2009â€”London, UKâ€”CIBER research group at University College London today announced the availability of the final report for its global library survey that concerns challenges, trends, and best practices during tough economic times. Co-sponsored by Charleston Conference, Baker & Taylorâ€™s YBP Library Services, and ebraryÂ®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, the survey was completed by 835 institutions around the world. Anyone may receive a complimentary copy of the final report by registering at http://www.ebrary.com/corp/inforequest/survey2009.jsp. Continue reading CIBER Announces Results of Global Library Survey, Findings to Be Discussed at ALA Midwinter
Results of CIBER study on library finances, presented by Mark Kendall of YBP and Christopher Warnock of ebrary.
These notes were done on the fly, forgive any typos.
- 589 responses
- 71% academic libraries responded – most in north america (was Mexico in the NA grouping?), 55% USA
- 87% members of consortium
Tish Wilson from ebrary just emailed me this press release:
CIBER Opens Global Library Survey in Conjunction with Charleston Conference, ebrary, and YBP
September 28, 2009 â€“ London, UK â€“ The CIBER research group at University College London (UCL) today invited all libraries to participate in an international survey examining challenges, trends, and best practices in tough economic times. Based on input from nearly 200 librarians worldwide, the questionnaire is now available and will remain open through October 18. Results of the survey, which is co-sponsored by Baker & Taylorâ€™s YBP Library Services and ebraryÂ®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, USA. Continue reading Librarians – CIBER Global Library Survey open through October 18th
I received this press release today from ebrary.
YBP to Co-Sponsor CIBERâ€™s Library Survey with ebrary, Results to be Announced at Charleston Conference
September 22, 2009 â€“ Charlotte, NC â€“Baker & Taylorâ€™s YBP Library Services today announced that it is co-sponsoring CIBERâ€™s library survey with ebraryÂ®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies. Based on input from more than 170 librarians worldwide, the CIBER survey will examine electronic resources challenges, trends and best practices in tough economic times. The survey questionnaire will be available to all libraries later this month, and results will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC. Continue reading YBP and ebrary co-sponsor CIBER study on electronic resources challenges, trends, best practices
Concerning my previous post on Gale/YBP, I had a chance to talk with John Barnes at Gale/Cengage regarding the pricing of GVRL titles through the YBP service.Â According to him, GVRL prices will remain the same using various tiers, based on FTE.Â Within the next month, YBP will load all of the Gale patron data into their system and this data should indicate each library’s tier level.Â While searching YBP for GVRL titles, the title price, based on your library’s tier, should be displayed.Â Thanks to Nader Qaimari from Gale/Cengage for commenting with the same.
Great news from Gale/Cengage and YBP (Baker & Taylor).Â GVRL, LitCrit and Gale Directory titles can now be purchased through YBP services.Â This is wonderful news and comes on the heels of the recenet B&T and ebrary partnership.Â Clearly publishers and aggregators are finally working together to make purchasing ebooks as seamless as the print book.Â It’s about time!Â What is unclear in the press release is the pricing of Gale titles.Â Typically these are sold on a Tier model, based on FTE.Â I’ll post more once I hear about the pricing.
Big news from Baker & Taylor. Â They announced today a partnership withÂ ebrary for an “integrated digital media platform.”Â B&T will provide seamless purchase of either print or electronic content through this new platform.Â The partnership also allows B&T to create it’s own digital content for distribution via the ebrary platform.What a convenience for libraries.Â No longer will you spend hours tracking down ebook ISBN’s, prices, and ordering information from a multitude of websites. Â Those libraries usingÂ YBP – part of the B&T family, have had the pleasure of purchasing print or electronic books through the GOBI platform since January, 2007. Â The wider B&T partnership now takes this convenience across library markets.Â This will really become a one-stop shop once ebrary establishes theirÂ demand driven purchasing model. Perhaps patrons could use the system to choose e or p versions of titles!