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ERIC Number: EJ896671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0033-0337
E-Books from MyiLibrary at the University of Worcester: A Case Study
Taylor, Alison
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, v41 n3 p217-226 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe how an e-books project was set up at the University of Worcester Information and Learning Services with the aim of improving user access to the range of textbook materials available. Design/methodology/approach: 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, MyiLibrary, and subsequent ordering, cataloguing and promotion activities are outlined. Findings: 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. Practical implications: 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. Originality/value: E-books appear to provide greater access and flexibility to library users. Information and Learning Services fully intends to extend the range of e-books available to students. This paper looks at the practicalities of setting up and expanding such a service.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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