Making eCollections Work in Your Workflow: Webinar Recap

Workflow | December 08, 2017

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How do eCollections fit within your e-book acquisition strategy? View the webinar to hear about the benefits and challenges of ordering eCollections.

A recent Choice/ACRL webinar covered eCollections — how they fit into the library workflow, eCollection pain points and the benefits of ordering through a vendor. Panelists included Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources at the University of California, Berkeley; and Linda Teresa Di Biase, Ebook and Collaborative Collections Strategy Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries. The session was moderated by Jenny Hudson, GOBI Senior Collection Development Manager for the Western United States.

The webinar, sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, included an overview of each library, followed by a panelist Q&A session in which each librarian offered her perspective on the following questions:

  • Why do you include eCollections in your library?
  • How do eCollections fit within your overall collection strategy?
  • What pain points do you find in acquiring eCollections?
  • How does eCollection acquisition work within a consortium?
  • How do vendors simplify eCollection acquisition?

Di Biase noted many benefits of having eCollections at her library. “The data we've gathered on the eCollections that we have purchased show an excellent return on investment. They're especially good when you do want comprehensive coverage of a discipline.”  She notes also that eCollections have an added benefit of both content and budget predictability. Newyear-Ramirez added that, when working with a vendor, the “reporting functions help support our collection development and decision making. This provides data around the history of what we've bought so that we understand our own purchasing patterns to help with assessing what we need to buy and…what particular gaps might exist.”

“The data we've gathered on the eCollections that we have purchased show an excellent return on investment. They're especially good when you do want comprehensive coverage of a discipline.” 

View the webinar recording to learn more about the benefits and challenges of ordering eCollections from the academic librarian's perspective, and ways that library services vendors can help manage these collections.

                                                                   

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