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Friday, November 6 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Saying Sayonara to the STL: Strategy, Scale and Systematic Abandonment in the Ebook Marketplace

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In 2014 the University of Wisconsin-Madison initiated a review of its ebook collection development program. This project led to the development of a concise ebook strategy that was designed to guide decision-making and practices surrounding the acquisition of ebooks. It also led to the end of the Libraries’ short-term loan (STL)-based demand driven acquisitions (DDA) program. This ebook acquisition program, which had been in place for nearly four years, was heavily used, well managed, consistently on budget and, in many ways, working precisely as expected, yet the decision to eliminate this program was fairly straightforward.

This session will explore the development of UW-Madison’s ebook strategy and how it is guiding the Libraries’ ebook program. It will also examine factors, including Libraries’ new ebook strategy, actions by publishers and ebook providers, and the local environment, that led the Libraries to end its STL-based DDA program. Finally, how the Libraries continue to employ just-in-time and data-driven acquisition models will be discussed.

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Doug Way

Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doug Way is the associate university librarian for collections and research services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he provides leadership for the library's collection development and management, resource sharing, and scholarly communications programs. Doug has written... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 2:25pm - 3:10pm EST
Salon 2, Gaillard Center