Scholarly publishers are looking at libraries right now and seeing what has always been the best and most reliable market for their products suddenly changing into a highly unreliable one.

September 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Libraries, Monographs | Comments Off on Scholarly publishers are looking at libraries right now and seeing what has always been the best and most reliable market for their products suddenly changing into a highly unreliable one.

If I Were a Scholarly Publisher:

Very interesting essay on the outlook for scholarly publishers and the academic library market:

Given the currently dire and highly unpredictable budget environment for higher education, 2010 is a rather frightening time to be a librarian. For the same reasons, this must be an absolutely terrifying time to be a scholarly publisher.

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ALA 2010 report: significant spending on e-publications

May 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Libraries | Leave a comment

ALA | 2010 State of America’s Libraries Report released – Recession drives more Americans to libraries in search of employment resources; but funding lags demand:

  • Academic libraries added 20m e-books in 2008, bringing the total to about 102.5m – an increase of 59% in two years.
  • Expenditure on e- resources also increased, reported as rising from US$691.6m in fiscal year 2006 to $1bn in fiscal year 2008.
  • UK Serials Group 2010 Summary

    May 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Electronic Publishing, Journals Publishing, Libraries, Open Access | Leave a comment

    LiveSerials: Hannah Whaley’s UKSG summary: ”
    LiveSerials

    A number of themes started to recur through the sessions and discussions, as summarised:

  • Big deal bubble must burst, as it is unsustainable for many institutions
  • We must move further towards open access, but it is not yet clear how
  • Journal impact factor isn’t good enough anymore, we need to
    review the commentary and produce new ranking factors
  • Linked information is nearly here, allowing informal and pre-publish conversations to be viewed and measured in a structured way on the web
  • The age of the article is here, meaning metrics, usage and discoverability will increasingly be at article level rather than the ‘journal container’
  • Just-in-time must replace just-in-case, as no one can maintain a full array of items that may only occasionally be required
  • Responding to the credit crunch: What now for librarians and libraries?

    March 26, 2010 at 11:47 am | Posted in Libraries | Leave a comment
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    ALPSP has released the results of its survey of librarians entitled ‘Responding to the credit crunch: What now for librarians and libraries?‘. The survey attracted 173 respondents from 14 countries (58% of respondents were from the US, 17% from the UK).

    Key points are:

    E-only
    ———
    There is a strong desire among librarians to move away from print-on-paper journals. 90% of librarians responding either strongly agreed or agreed that they would like to move more journal titles to electronic only with only 2% disagreeing.

    The main reasons for librarians wishing to move to electronic-only access provision for journals are the low usage of the print version of journal, to take advantage of any saving on subscription price and to save shelving space.

    The main reason cited by librarians for not moving more journals to electronic only is that it is not offered by the publisher, with concerns over perpetual access (post cancellation access) a close second.

    ‘Big Deals’
    ————–
    There are strong pro- and anti-‘Big Deal’ groups of librarians, but the evidence is that the proportion of journals purchased as part of a Big Deal will increase in 2010, with a corresponding decrease in the number of journals purchased as single subscriptions. (Big Deals are > 90% purchased through consortia.) Confusingly, however, there are also signs of higher rates of cancellation or downgrading of deals by existing Big-Deal subscribers.

    In preparation for when publishers stop printing books altogether

    March 26, 2010 at 10:58 am | Posted in E-Books, Libraries | Leave a comment
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    A bold view of where we are going …

    The Rocky Mountain Collegian :: Library cutting $600,000 and two positions from its budget:

    Library cutting $600,000 and two positions from its budget
    by JORDYN DAHL

    Amid cross-university cuts due to a deepening budget crisis, the Morgan Library will reduce its budget by $600,000 and eliminate two positions.

    Other changes include a test trial of eBooks that students can access using their eID and password. Administrators’ hope is to reduce the amount of money spent on unused books and make research more convenient for students.

    Burns said this move is in preparation for when publishers stop printing books altogether.

    Electronic textbooks

    January 19, 2006 at 4:36 pm | Posted in E-Books, Libraries | Leave a comment

    Cambridge University Library Readers’ Newsletter 32 (January 2006) reports thus:

    “Electronic versions of over one hundred of the most frequently used titles in college libraries are now accessible to all members of the University through web links in the Newton catalogue and from a dedicated page on the supplier’s website. The agreement with NetLibrary, the e-content division of OCLC, has been negotiated by the Cambridge Colleges’ Libraries’ Forum … This initiative is being tackled by college libraries as part of the solution to the problem of providing resources despite restricted space and budgets, and is targeted at meeting undergraduate demand for key texts in all subjects taught in the Tripos. The collection has been formed following negotiation by NetLibrary with the five publishers whose titles are most frequently borrowed from college libraries.”

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