EBSCO eBooks Collection Quick Bites – Community College eBook Collections


When time is short and the need for new and in-demand eBooks across a variety of subjects is high, it’s easy to stay informed on new and updated eBook collections from EBSCO by watching our short and efficient Collection Quick Bite sessions.

In the fourth session EBSCO Collection Development Specialist (and newest member of the collection development team), Alex Arthun discusses the different types of EBSCO eBook collections available for community colleges. Each collection includes academic and trade e-books across a wide variety of topics with a particular focus on introductory, general overview, and popular interest titles. Alex also reviews popular publishers, and top-selling e-books through December 2022.

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Hello, and welcome to the EBSCO eBooks Collection Quick Bites Series. In this series of short videos, you will learn about the EBSCO eBooks Collection Development team and find out more about some of the projects we've been working on.

In this video, we will be discussing some of our resources that support community college libraries. Before we get started, here's just a little background information on me. My name is Alex Arthun, and I'm the newest member of the EBSCO eBooks Collection Development team. I received my MLS from PennWest Clarion in 2010. I have been doing physical and digital library collection development for about 12 years in public libraries and vendor settings. In July of 2022, I joined EBSCO's amazing eBook Collection Development team. My current focuses are popular nonfiction, science, youth titles, and community college collections, which I'm excited to talk to you about today.

I'm going to touch on several of our most popular services and how community colleges can best utilize them for collection development. These products are available through EBSCOhost Collection Manager and the GOBI website. EBSCOhost Collection Manager, known as ECM, is an easy to use collection management tool for all types of libraries. ECM now features a new administrative suite known as EBSCO eBook Manager. GOBI is the ultimate one-stop book acquisition solution for academic libraries, allowing them to find and order books from top eBook aggregators and publisher platforms from one convenient location. We're going to look at some of our featured collections in EBSCOhost Collection Manager and Spotlight Lists in GOBI, we're going to look at EBSCO subject sets suitable for community colleges, which are available in both ECM and GOBI, we're going to check out the community college specific eBook subscription, and finally, we're going to check out some of the most popular titles and publishers that our community college customers are buying to give you a sense of the quality of materials we can offer.

Featured collections can be found on EBSCOhost Collection Manager, and Spotlight Lists can be found on the GOBI website. They're basically identical, but there are a few differences in scope. For example, GOBI lists may include print materials in addition to eBooks. Featured Collections are hand selected by collection development librarians in dozens of subject areas, so there is something for every library. In fact, we currently have over 450 featured collections and over 250 GOBI Spotlight Lists, with more coming all of the time.

We develop these collections with the needs of the collection development librarian in mind, constantly keeping an eye out for trends in requested topics as well as anticipating future industry needs. All of the collections are regularly reviewed and updated by the Collection Development team. Community College Spotlight Lists are available exclusively on GOBI. You can see from the subjects available that we developed these specifically with the community college curriculum in mind.

In terms of content, we focus on introductory, general overview, and popular interest titles. These lists include both print and digital resources so it's easy for librarians to buy for the kinds of students they support. With such a huge variety of topics available in ECM Featured Collections and GOBI Spotlight Lists, there's no needs to limit yourself to the community college specific collections. We have Undergraduate Spotlight Lists in 25 subjects that cover many basic and general education classes, such as communication, literature, and science. You can also find collections dedicated to specific career paths. Culinary arts and video game design are two of our most popular vocational featured collections, and we just launched the Fashion Business and Branding Collection in November 2022.

Let's move on to subject sets. These are highly curated collections featuring the best titles available in their respective subjects. We limit them by size and price, and there is no duplication across subject areas or from year to year. We know you're trying to get the most for your money and your time is exceedingly valuable, so this is a great place to start for busy librarians. We have over 200 subject sets available. They're available in both EBSCOhost Collection Manager and GOBI, though GOBI only has the current year, while EBSCO has the past few years, so there's a ton of great content easily at your fingertips. I have highlighted here a couple of the subject sets we have that we think community college libraries would find useful.

The last major product I want to talk about is our Community College eBook subscription. In general, EBSCO eBook subscriptions are an excellent way for libraries to acquire large amounts of content at an affordable rate. We currently offer over 50 eBook subscriptions. They are carefully managed and curated by EBSCO librarians and updated four times a year. EBSCO eBook subscriptions offer unlimited user access with no turnaways, along with complimentary MARC records. The community college subscription offers access to over 60,000 titles across all subject areas. You can order or renew access to this product through EBSCONET, our comprehensive subscription management platform, or through your EBSCO sales rep. They can also answer any questions you might have about the subscription.

Lastly, I would like to take a little time right now to highlight some of our most popular publishers and titles that community college customers are purchasing. As you can see, we work with many popular and reputable publishers. We are constantly on the lookout for more partnerships with publishers across a variety of topics to help you support your students and faculty.

This is a snapshot of some of the best selling eBooks to community colleges in 2022. Because we work with so many publisher partners and can look at sales data from a huge swath of institutions, the data nerd in me finds this stuff really interesting. When I looked at our top sellers, which are not all listed here, the most common subjects from the last year were nursing, virology, and anti-racism.

There are a variety of ways to stay informed about all of our new eBook collections. Please check out the companion info sheet to this presentation for links to EBSCO resources. Thank you for your time and I hope you have enjoyed this session of EBSCO eBooks Collection Quick Bites.

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