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

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


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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.
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.
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 Discrete 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: Central Services > Library Services
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Depositing User: Alison Taylor
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2009 14:46
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:25

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