Using Evidence-Based Usage Trends to Maximize Remaining Budgets

Library Resources | May 23, 2018

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Learn which e-book usage trends can help you expand your library’s collection and ensure your budget dollars go where the evidence shows — toward the most valuable resources available for your faculty and students.

If you are looking ahead to the next school year in terms of preparing your library with high-use e-books in essential study areas, here is a look at some trends showing what academic libraries are accessing to build up their digital catalogs. EBSCO’s Collection Development team has analyzed e-book usage trends data to identity the most popular, high-use collections and subject sets based on customer access over the past six months. Similar to last year’s most popular collections list, the evidence shows many of the top subject areas include medical, social sciences and award winners along with an increase in business-related collections. In addition, with EBSCO’s new DRM-free collections, we’ll also be looking at how DRM-free impacts e-book collection development.

Top 10 Most Accessed E-Book Featured Collections:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT)
  • Business Book Summaries Companion eBook Collection
  • Reference eBooks
  • Academic Award Winners Collection
  • Doody's Core Titles 2017 Frontlist
  • Best of 2017
  • Core Collections Recommended eBooks - Adult Nonfiction
  • Popular Adult Nonfiction
  • Business Source Corporate Companion Collection
  • Library & Information Science

EBSCO’s Collection Development team has analyzed e-book usage trends data to identity the most popular, high-use collections and subject sets based on customer access over the past six months. Similar to last year’s most popular collections list, the evidence shows many of the top subject areas include medical, social sciences and award winners along with an increase in business-related collections.

Most Accessed E-Book Subject Sets:

  • Business 2017
  • Nursing 2018
  • Leadership & Management 2018
  • Doody’s Core Titles Essential Purchases 2017
  • Contemporary Social Issues 2018
  • American Contemporary Issues 2018
  • Education 2018
  • Computer Science 2018
  • Accounting & Finance 2018

New DRM-Free E-Book Collections:

  • DRM-Free - Arts & Humanities
  • DRM-Free - Award Winners
  • DRM-Free - Business & Economics
  • DRM-Free - Commerce & Finance
  • DRM-Free - Educational Theory & Practice
  • DRM-Free - Internal Medicine
  • DRM-Free - Medical
  • DRM-Free - New Releases
  • DRM-Free - Science & Technology
  • DRM-Free - Social & Public Welfare
  • DRM-Free - Social Sciences
  • DRM-Free - University Presses

If you have an EBSCOhost® Collection Manager account, click here to access these collections. For general information on these collections, as well as others, visit EBSCO eBooks™.

For additional information on maximizing library budget dollars, check out the recent Library Journal webinar held on May 8th, “Quality Research Solutions to Maximize Remaining Budgets”.

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