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Orbis Cascade Alliance
Progress Report --- Ebook Team
Submitted by Emily McElroy on
June 10, 2010
In March 2010, the Ebook Team
distributed a survey to institutional representatives of the Collection Development and Management Committee. Nineteen people responded with
their preferences on ebook purchasing models and their impressions from the
October 2009 fall CDMC meeting when different ebook vendors presented
information on their products and services. Based on the survey
responses, the Ebook Team decided to approach various ebook aggregators and
publishers and ask them to submit pricing information for four purchase models,
information on ILL capabilities, and describe features of their platforms. The
Ebook Team met via conference call on April 12, 2010 to discuss our approach
with vendors. The Ebook Team asked the following aggregators and
publishers to submit proposals: ebrary, EBL, NetLibrary/EBSCO, SAGE, Elsevier,
Cambridge, Oxford, Springer, and Wiley. We received responses from everyone except
All of the proposals are available on the Ebook Team's site http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/ebt. Email messages were
sent to the CDMC and ERC discussion lists asking for feedback on the responses.
We received one response with comments on the pricing and patron driven
models of the aggregators. The Collaborative Technical Services Team submitted
a list of follow-up questions on ebook cataloging for EBL, ebrary and
NetLibrary/EBSCO. The Ebook Team, along with YBP representatives, met
with representatives from EBL, ebrary and NetLibrary/EBSCO on June 8, 2010.
The vendors provided more information on how their pricing could work
with different Alliance purchase models.
The group plans on the
- Work with YBP in presenting EBL
and ebrary with more information on the purchasing history of Alliance members.
Currently, the vendors are proposing pricing that does not match the YBP
purchasing data that the CDMC has reviewed.
- Continue reviewing the
proposals received from the vendors in order to submit recommendations to
Alliance Council in the fall. Our next report will propose a funding and
selection model that benefits the most members possible.
- Share the answers to the questions
developed by the Collaborative Technical Services Team with our liaison.
We will encourage CTST to work directly with EBL and ebrary
representatives on their cataloging questions.
The Ebook Team wants to inform
Alliance Council of several issues:
- · The ebook landscape has changed
considerably, including the development of patron driven
models, since the EBook Task Force submitted their report to Council and
the Ebook Team held their first meeting.
- All of the publisher's
responses acknowledge that they are not as far along in their development of
innovative funding or access models as the ones we are considering. The aggregators offered some interesting
options that deserve more consideration after we exchange some data on Alliance
purchasing history and revised pricing models.
- Access issues could take on
greater importance if we propose a patron driven purchasing model. The
Ebook Team will eventually require clarification on our role in sorting out
access issues, or if that is part of another team's charge. At our June 8
meeting, the group debated whether or not our team was the best fit for
addressing access issues, if we had the appropriate expertise on our team, when
we should discuss the larger issues surrounding access, and if working out funding
and selection models are more important than working out access
- We do not want to stand in the way of
libraries participating in pilot projects with EBL or ebrary. Both
vendors are currently working with different Alliance libraries on patron
driven pilot projects. We encourage Alliance libraries to share their
experiences with the Ebook Team so we can maximize their efforts with our
eventual proposal. We also hope that libraries provide us feedback on the
proposals we receive from the various vendors. We will continue posting
vendor responses and updates on the Ebook Team site.
- While the Ebook Team anticipated
a final report in July, the group discovered that working with
the aggregators and publishers has required more time and
investigation. The Ebook Team believes that this is a bellwether
initiative and that it is necessary to take the time to address the issues at
hand thoroughly rather than rush through the process.
- All of the vendors are willing
to work with YBP. It has been very
helpful to have John Elliott and Joan Thompson participate in our team
discussions with vendors.