[Mla-cds] identification of new e-book titles
Elizabeth R Lorbeer
lorbeer at uab.edu
Mon Aug 22 21:33:14 CDT 2011
At UAB-Lister Hill we obtain e-books from several sources. Because we license jointly with the academic library on campus, we have expanded our e-book collection beyond the traditional health sciences providers to include the APA Book Collection, EBSCOHost Books (formerly NetLibrary), Ebrary, Elsevier, Gale, Springer, and Wiley Blackwell. We've generally have found the license for e-books from the commercial publishers to be a one page addendum to our joint journal license. We ask for it to be included at journal renewal now. Additionally, we acquire e-books from MDConsult, McGraw Hill, Ovid (& WoltersKluwers Health), R2 Library, Stat!Ref, and ONS. My counterpart at the academic library and I also purchase individual e-book titles through our book distributors, YBP and R2. We are able to turn on access to individual e-books in 24 hours or less for ebrary and Wiley titles and not have to wait to get an e-book addendum signed. (We hope to add more outlets, like EBSCOHost Books and Springer early next year). It's a hassle to purchase individual titles direct from some publishers because they require a signed addendum before activation. The process can take 2-4 weeks, and by then it was faster to get the book in print from the distributor. Last, all our dissertations are now sent to us in electronic format making it the fastest growing e-book collection for us to manage!
The third party platforms, such as ebrary, MyiLibrary, and EBSCOHost have a wider selection of titles than Stat!Ref and R2, but none really offer the core titles. Elsevier Health, LWW and McGraw-Hill tend to only sell their popular titles through their platforms and not the aggregators. Traditional course textbooks are often not sold to libraries in online format either, and the market for online textbook rental is growing making it confusing to our users why the library isn't purchasing titles for them to download to their iPad/Android. Because we deal with so many different sources, we've made several enhancements to the online card catalog to help our users find our e-book collection. We're also revisiting using Serials Solutions to manage our e-book MARC records, besides considering the Summon web discovery service. We have discussed using our ERM to manage which books are leased vs. perpetual.
To be honest, I haven't found a single source that alerts me to all the new e-book titles available for the health sciences. Doody's Core Title List is probably the closest, though I'm on all the major publisher's newsletter list. The publishers tend to favor releasing the print first, and the electronic tends to follow a few months later. When the book distributor notifies me when a new edition is available in print, I'll save the slip and check later on in the year if the electronic counterpart is available (if I can wait). I'll also search OCLC First Search for e-book records. The "Internet" tab on the Results page will reveal if an e-book record exists, though many times it's for content in Google Books or HathiTrust. It's sort of a dead-end for me since I can't acquire the full text from those sources.
It's not an exact science, and I'm always looking for ways to perfect e-book acquisition. It's very time consuming for me now.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
From: mla-cds-bounces at colldev.mlanet.org [mla-cds-bounces at colldev.mlanet.org] On Behalf Of Karen Grigg [karen.grigg at duke.edu]
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 7:31 AM
To: mla-cds at colldev.mlanet.org
Subject: [Mla-cds] identification of new e-book titles
At Duke Medical Center Library & Archives, an increasing amount of our monographs budget is being diverted to e-books each year. We have quite a few Stat!Ref, Rittenhouse R2 and McGraw Hill titles, as well as MDConsult core. The market is expanding all the time, and I know there are many other packages and a la carte offerings floating around out there. Has anyone picked up any new packages lately, or discovered any vendors who are newly publishing quality e-book titles in the fields of medicine and health science? I figured a query to medical collection development librarians might prove more useful than casting about Google.
Karen Stanley Grigg
Associate Director of Collection Development Services
Duke Medical Center Library & Archives
201 Seeley Mudd Bldg, DUMC 3702
Durham, NC 27710
karen.grigg at duke.edu
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