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Action Items and Considerations for Cooperative Collection Development of Ebooks

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Action Items and Considerations for Cooperative Collection Development of Ebooks

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I. Immediate Possibilities

A. Reduced costs for multiple copies, with librarian selection

Without making any serious commitments, it is now possible to create a YBP ebook account that allows shared viewing of purchasing activities across designated profiles/libraries. This account could start with slip notification for librarian selection and coordination of available ebook options, and no actual automatic selection and delivery would be initiated. The ebrary platform is very interested in exploring and arranging reduced pricing for multiple "copies/seats." This reduced pricing is now in place for a small cooperative collection development group in Maine.

B. Searching/ordering across all titles within the ebrary platform

Again, without any commitment, current YBP GOBI (Global Online Bibliographic Information) searching of ebook metadata could be supplemented by librarians performing full ebrary searches (MARC, full text, other). Integration efforts under consideration should allow for YBP orders using ebrary search results in order to provide MARC records and track payments.

Required Action:

For libraries, the only requirement to begin these initiatives is to develop a shared YBP account for consortium members. The membership could develop shared profiles to reduce redundant review efforts. The selection of individual items would be on the shared plan in order to coordinate actions, identify duplicate orders, and determine the multiple copy cost reductions.

The ebook vendor, in this case YBR would create one shared ebook account for the group and use its GoBetween software to allow consortial viewing. Profiles could be created by LC (Library of Congress) range and publishers in order to produce customized new-book notifications.

The ebook platform, in this case ebrary, would negotiate reduced costs and price points with publishers for selected consortia (library groups).

While these possibilities technically exist, there are some logistics that need to be addressed to make this system optimal.

First, there needs to be a better industry method to provide timely information about confirmation and/or delay in the release of ebook versions compared to paper versions. Second, there needs to be a clear statement of intention and notification for ebooks to be included in aggregator platforms (e.g., Academic Complete) in order to avoid or limit redundant purchasing. …

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