SUNConferences, Stellenbosch University 13th Annual Library Symposium

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Libraries and building e-book collections: X-ploring current and future business models
Dorette Snyman

Last modified: 2013-11-19


E-books are perceived as having the potential to have a greater impact on the academic libraries and learning than e-journals previously had through the effect on the learning environment and textbook availability. However, academic libraries are struggling to maintain a current understanding of the ever-changing e-book landscape and are limited by the decisions by publishers on the title availability, licensing models and platform functionality offered to libraries. The development of the PDA (patron driven acquisition) model is challenging libraries on the notion of what constitutes “collection building” in terms of ownership in place of providing access to collections, and the required systems to manage this.

This paper will highlight various purchasing and lending models available to libraries, from publishers, vendors and aggregators with some insight into the decision-making process in an academic library. It will also look at new purchasing models developing within the scholarly communication market. It will serve as an introduction to the panel discussion that will include perspectives from the representatives working in the e-book industry.

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