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EBA is not for you, or is it?

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In an effort to make better use of their collection money many libraries have looked at different new ways to acquire their e-books. Traditional models like firm and approval ordering are no longer sufficient and beneficial for libraries. Libraries have been adding new non-traditional e-book acquisition models over the last few decades. In the late nineties, Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) or Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) models were developed by many e-book providers and adopted by libraries around the world.

Then came, six to seven years ago, the Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA) also referred as Evidence-Based Selection (EBS) model, available from many publishers. Libraries saw in this new model a system where it would allow them for more mediation in title selection and in the control of their spending than what PDA/DDA was able to offer. It is believed that EBA models are more cost-effective and beneficial than purchasing large e-book packages. Is it really true? The EBA studies so far have shown data analysis within a short time frame and usually with only one publisher.

This article reports on a comparison of e-book purchases between the Big Deal and EBA models over a five-year period between 2014 and 2018.  This study is looking at the purchases of large e-book packages from three major commercial publishers: Elsevier, Springer and Wiley. These Big Deal acquisitions are then analyzed from these publishers’ respective EBA models to find out which scenario is the most beneficial and cost-effective for our library. The study is looking not only at the data in terms of costs (total, per collection and per title) but also usage of collections and titles over time. Has the Library made the best decision in purchasing large e-book packages? Would it had been better to go with EBA models?

These are some of the questions that this study will answer.

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Louis Houle

Director Collections, McGill University

Thursday June 6, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Allegheny - 17th Floor