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Thursday, June 6 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Ebooks: Access vs Ownership

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Over the past several years, the trend in libraries has been a preference for ownership over subscription when it comes to ebooks acquisitions. Vendors and aggregators offer many different models to help streamline and simplify acquiring ebook including frontfile purchases from the vendor, as well as DDA/PDA and a variety of evidence-based plans. With each purchase model, though, come different technical services workflows required to manage not only the plans, but the purchases, in addition to cataloging and maintaining the holdings. There is also the unknown costs per year, though deposit accounts make it easier to budget and manage the cost.
Subscription resources, however, provide one workflow as well as a known cost component. In addition to this, the maintenance of the collection, including additions, deletions and weeding out-of-date resources, is basically done by the vendor.
In this session, two librarians will discuss pros and cons of both options (including acquisitions, cataloging and maintenance) and present the argument that for small technical services departments, perhaps subscription is a better model than ownership, when available.

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Alexis Linoski

Collection Strategy Librarian, Georgia Institute of Technology Library
I manage collection strategy, including acquisitions and eresource management, with an emphasis on electronic resources, such as eJournals, eBooks, database resources, and streaming media. She is particularly interested in how the library’s collection strategies can support the... Read More →
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Sofia Slutskaya

Librarian, Emory University Library

Thursday June 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Allegheny - 17th Floor