A multi-departmental team of three librarians at the University of Florida presented the results of an e-book analytical project as a poster on April 11th at the 2013 ACRL conference. This LibGuide offers summary information on the project, as well as a view (see below) of the poster presented detailing information from the cost and cost per use of various acquisitions methods. This project is still a work in progress with the short-term goal of issuing a journal article. The information contained within this LibGuide will continually be revised as the project moves forward.
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Librarians at the University of Florida have launched a research project to assess usage and cost-per-use of e-books acquired through three purchasing models: (1) e-books made accessible and/or acquired through Patron-Driven Acquisitions programs (PDA); (2) e-books purchased in large publisher packages; (3) and e-books received title-by-title via firm orders and approval/slip plans. Librarians are also examining how e-books usage varies across three broad areas of subject disciplines: (1) Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM); (2) Medicine; (3) Humanities & Social Sciences.
We welcome your feedback and comments. We especially would like to hear from librarians who are conducting or proposing similar research.