An account and analysis of the implementation of various ebook business models at QUT, Australia

Borchert, Martin & Cleary, Colleen (2015) An account and analysis of the implementation of various ebook business models at QUT, Australia. In Proceedings of the Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Abstract

QUT (Queensland University of Technology) is a leading university based in the city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is a selectively research intensive university with 2,500 higher degree research students and an overall student population of 45,000 students.

The transition from print to online resources is largely completed and the library now provides access to 450,000 print books, 1,000 print journals, 600,000 ebooks, 120,000 ejournals and 100,000 online videos. The ebook collection is now used three times as much as the print book collection.

This paper focuses on QUT Library’s ebook strategy and the challenges of building and managing a rapidly growing collection of ebooks using a range of publishers, platforms, and business and financial models. The paper provides an account of QUT Library’s experiences in using Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) using eBook Library (EBL); the strategic procurement of publisher and subject collections by lease and outright purchase models, the more recent transition to Evidence Based Selection (EBS) options provided by some publishers, and its piloting of etextbook models. The paper provides an in-depth analysis of each of these business models at QUT, focusing on access verses collection development, usage, cost per use, and value for money.

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ID Code: 90503
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: ebooks, library acqusitions, patron driven acquisition (PDA), evidence based selection (EBS), demand driven acquisitoin (DDA)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources (080707)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Copyright Statement: CC-BY
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2015 02:06
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2016 14:27

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