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E-books at the University of Worcester: a Case Study.

By Alison Taylor

Abstract

Purpose\ud To describe how an e-books project was set up at the University of Worcester Information and Learning Services with the aim to improve user access to the range of textbook materials available.\ud Methodology/Approach\ud Details of the background and circumstances of the University and the effect of these on the process undertaken by the e-books project group are described. The selection of an e-books provider and subsequent ordering, cataloguing and promotion activities are outlined.\ud Findings\ud This paper outlines the importance of tailoring the approach to e-books acquisition to the individual institution. It is found that authentication is a major issue and that for e-books packages to be successful, technical problems need to be kept to a minimum.\ud Practical Implications\ud Examples to assist others in setting up e-books provision are given. Technical difficulties and the range of titles available are both impediments to providing a full e-books service.\ud Originality/ Value of the Paper\ud E-books appear to provide greater access and flexibility to library users. Information and Learning Services fully intend to extend the range of e-books available to students. This paper looks at the practicalities of setting up and expanding such a service

Topics: ZA4050, LF
Publisher: Emerald
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.eprints.org:543

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