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Thursday, November 5 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
OhioLINK eBook Aggregator Study

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In a world of instant online access and limited space and funding, academic libraries find themselves challenged to provide information resources with the format and speed expected by users. In this environment, obtaining and maintaining an appropriate mix of print and electronic books is key. As a consortium of 121 academic libraries in the state of Ohio, OhioLINK is uniquely placed to collect and analyze data on a large scale on behalf of the libraries it serves. To this end, OhioLINK asked five major ebook aggregators to present and discuss innovative acquisitions models that could help pave the way forward. As a part of this comparison, OhioLINK staff examined the availability of ebooks from the most-purchased university presses from within its membership at both the publisher and title levels. Results confirm that given the current availability and usability of ebooks from these major publishers, a combined and cooperative book/ebook strategy is required. This presentation will focus on the methodology of this analysis, which took advantage of commonly-used tools such as Excel and the open source software OpenRefine to complete the comparison.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Pawlowski

Amy Pawlowski

Deputy Director, OhioLINK
avatar for Joanna Voss

Joanna Voss

Collections Analyst, OhioLINK




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