Huddersfield University

Case study interview

Case study


From the Dave Pattern presentation of May 2011
'Demand Led eBook Project PDA trial in May/June 2010'
Outline of the project
Budget of £13,000
dawsonera chosen as preferred platform
entire dawsonera collection loaded onto Library Catalogue (~120,000 titles)
preview →rental →purchase model
No publicity
£5,461 spent on 99 e‐book purchases
average price £55.16
£8,027 spent on e‐book rentals
average price £11.65
What worked well…
we spent the budget within the timescale of the trial (i.e. it’s a cash sink!)
our students loved it
we filled gaps in our collection
off‐campus students found relevant titles
What didn’t work so well…
some of our librarians felt the £8,027 spent on rentals was “wasted” money
we think students didn’t use the preview and went straight for the rental option
adding and removing 120,000 titles to/from the library catalogue takes time!
Some findings
Non‐PDA titles are almost twice as likely to have not been viewed as PDA titles
PDA titles are twice as likely to have above average viewing stats than non‐PDA titles
Interesting to see validation of PDA model. Will talk to Huddersfield to look at metadata issues..interesting for example to find out how ebooks are represented in the Summon discovery service. Do we have to worry about ebook discovery in OPACs any more as the trend moves to discovery services like Summon/Primo etc.

[In Summon and EBSCO Discovery Service, ebooks are largely found from the catalog MARC records that the library uploads to the discovery service, and hence the metadata is identical to that in the library catalogue. We can expect to see more publishers providing chapter-level metadata and/or full-text indexing to these products, as Oxford Scholarship Online and ScienceDirect already have. Then the discovery service does become a richer ebook discovery platform than the catalogue. It is surely no coincidence that in recent months ProQuest, who own Serials Solutions, have acquired ebrary, and EBSCO have acquired netLibrary. - Terry]