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NetLibrary Ebooks Now Integrated on EBSCOhost Platform
EBSCO Publishing’s collection of more than 300,000 ebook and audiobook titles (formerly from NetLibrary) is now integrated on EBSCOhost. (EBSCO had released a preview to customers in March.) EBSCO is also paving the way for new models such as short-term leases, subscription models, and expanded Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA), which will be introduced within the next few months.
eBooks and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost include the same features as EBSCOhost databases along with specific features directly related to ebooks and audiobooks. Users can opt to select the library’s ebook and audiobook collections from among the Choose Database page and search the multiple content types together—merging results from EBSCOhost databases, ebooks, and audiobooks—and eliminating silos of information. EBSCOhost provides access to quality, trusted content from hundreds of the world’s leading publishers. The growing list of publishers provides content in more than 30 languages with thousands of titles added each month.
The ownership model allows library administrators to determine how many simultaneous users they want to offer for each ebook purchased and to decide which model works best: unlimited users, three users, or one user. The unlimited user model allows libraries to provide first-class service to patrons by purchasing ebooks with unlimited simultaneous access—so patrons will never experience turn-aways or holds for titles. The three-user model is an option for titles that are in high demand while the one-user model provides patrons access to ebooks one user at a time.
Later this year, EBSCO will introduce additional options including short-term lease and subscription models. For a percentage of the cost of a one-user model, libraries can provide access to an ebook title through a short-term lease—available for one day, seven days, 14 days, or 28 days. In addition to lease options, ebook anthologies that contain high-interest titles in several different subject areas will be available to libraries on a subscription basis. eBooks on EBSCOhost will also allow a library to select titles based on the library’s collection development initiatives and purchase only the titles that patrons use through Patron Driven Acquisition options.
Patron Driven Acquisition will enable libraries to build a collection with guaranteed usage. EBSCO’s PDA program helps libraries preserve their budgets while maintaining control over the collection development process. With Patron Driven Acquisition, librarians can create a list of titles using their own specific criteria, and then expose the bibliographic records to end users without purchasing the titles. As titles are accessed by the user, the titles are purchased—guaranteeing that only ebook titles with usage are acquired. Titles are only triggered for purchase when “meaningful use” occurs including:
- Viewing an ebook for more than 10 minutes
- Viewing more than 10 pages of an ebook
- Printing, emailing, or copying and pasting a portion of an ebook page
- Downloading an ebook
Source: EBSCO Publishing
Paula J. Hane
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