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E-books at the University of Worcester: a Case Study.

Taylor, Alison (2007) E-books at the University of Worcester: a Case Study. Program, 41 (3). pp. 217-226. ISSN 0033-0337

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Purpose To describe how an e-books project was set up at the University of Worcester Information and Learning Services with the aim to improve user access to the range of textbook materials available. Methodology/Approach Details of the background and circumstances of the University and the effect of these on the process undertaken by the e-books project group are described. The selection of an e-books provider and subsequent ordering, cataloguing and promotion activities are outlined. Findings This paper outlines the importance of tailoring the approach to e-books acquisition to the individual institution. It is found that authentication is a major issue and that for e-books packages to be successful, technical problems need to be kept to a minimum. Practical Implications Examples to assist others in setting up e-books provision are given. Technical difficulties and the range of titles available are both impediments to providing a full e-books service. Originality/ Value of the Paper E-books appear to provide greater access and flexibility to library users. Information and Learning Services fully intend to extend the range of e-books available to students. This paper looks at the practicalities of setting up and expanding such a service.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-books, acquisitions, academic libraries, MyiLibrary, UK
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Information and Learning Services
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Depositing User: Alison Taylor
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2009 14:46
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2010 05:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/543

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