EBSCO eBooks Collection Quick Bites – Spanish and Portuguese 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.

Our first session features EBSCO Collection Development Specialist Jeanette Pomeroy discussing Spanish and Portuguese e-book collections available through EBSCO eBooks. In less than 10 minutes viewers will learn about the different types of Spanish and Portuguese collections available now (as well as collections coming soon) plus popular publishers and top selling e-books.

Check out the companion info sheet for a full list of Spanish & Portuguese collection mentioned during this session as well as popular publishers and top-selling titles available through EBSCO eBooks.

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Hello and welcome to the EBSCO eBooks Collection Quick Bites series. In these series of short videos you will learn about the EBSCO eBooks collection development team and find out more about some of the projects that we've been working on. My name is Jeanette Pomeroy and I am a member of the EBSCO eBooks collection development team.

My experience with e-books began about 20 years ago when I started working at NetLibrary in Boulder, Colorado. In my first role at NetLibrary, I did cataloging, MARC record delivery and e-book production. This was back when e-books were created by chopping the spine off of a book and feeding the pages through a high speed scanner. In 2005, my husband was in the Air Force and after five years at NetLibrary, I had to leave for a couple of years while he was stationed in Oklahoma. During that time, I worked at the Tinker Air Force Base Library in circulation and assisted with interlibrary loans and the children's summer reading program. When my husband left the Air Force, I returned to Colorado and to NetLibrary.

I came to EBSCO when EBSCO acquired NetLibrary in 2010 and assisted in the creation of the e-books collection development team along with other e-books departments. Collectively, I've been a member of the team for eight and a half years now. In my current role, I manage the medical and Spanish language collections and advise on MARC record issues. I also provide reporting and analysis for multiple teams across the books product. I believed in e-books back when the industry was in its infancy, and we've come a long way from scanning e-books from hard copy.

I'm honored and thrilled to see how e-books have become a valuable product for libraries and an important resource for students and patrons. The demand for foreign language materials is high and Spanish and Portuguese language books are among our most requested non-English content. Therefore, we're very pleased to announce that our e-books subscription Spanish and Portuguese collection launched on September 8th of this year.

This e-books subscription is a multidisciplinary collection consisting of 9,100 high quality Spanish and Portuguese language e-books in key areas of academic study, including humanities, social sciences and science and technology. Specific topics include business and economics, fine arts, political science, engineering, literature, history, computer science and medicine among others. EBSCO eBooks subscriptions are an excellent way for libraries to acquire a large amount of content at an affordable rate. They're one of our most popular e-books products.

EBSCO launched its subscription product line in 2012 with two collections. Now we currently offer over 50 e-books subscriptions. These subscriptions are carefully managed and curated by EBSCO librarians. Currently, the collection development team curates over 300,000 titles per year for subscription inclusion.

EBSCO eBooks subscriptions offer unlimited user access with no turn aways, along with complimentary MARC records. Our collection development librarians add new titles to each subscription quarterly in January, April, June and September. These subscription collections can be ordered and renewed each year using EBSCONET, a comprehensive EBSCO subscription management platform or through your EBSCO sales rep. As with our other e-books products Featured Collections and GOBI Spotlight Lists are managed and curated by the e-books collection development team. These collections serve as selection lists covering a wide range of topics and genres. They are updated quarterly, bi-annually or annually depending on the collection.

We develop these lists 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. Currently, there are over 450 Featured Collections available and over 250 Gobi Spotlight Lists. We strive to have collections that are attractive to all types of libraries such as academic, public, corporate, and the medical libraries.

The collection development team has recently taken on an initiative to grow our existing offering of Spanish language Featured Collections and Spotlight Lists. We are going to be creating also a Portuguese language collection. Until recently, we had two Spanish language Featured Collections; the Latin American Collection Arts and Humanities and the Latin American Collection Social Sciences.

The initiative to create more Spanish language collections was kicked off in July of 2021 with the launch of the Featured Collection Spanish language fiction. This collection covers a wide variety of Spanish language fiction from all over the world including translated classics such as Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" and popular fiction like Steven Kings, "The Institute". Additionally, it features fiction from important and influential Spanish language authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and contemporary novelist such as Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

There is something for everyone in this collection. We followed with Spanish language Featured Collections in business and economics, fine arts, history and medicine. Over the next six months we will be releasing religion, science, and engineering to complete the offering. We will be updating each featured collection yearly to ensure that collections grow and remain fresh and relevant. We're pleased to say that the response has been very encouraging.

These e-books collections can be found on EBSCOhost Collection Manager, and also on the GOBI Library Solutions website, the leading provider of e-books and print books to academic libraries. In addition to the new Featured Collections we are very excited to announce that we will be releasing the Spanish language literary and criticism, and the Portuguese business and economic subject sets in November of 2022.

Subject sets are a well established and trusted academic ebook product. They're meticulously curated to include the very best titles in a given subject. There is a guarantee of no duplication of titles between any subject set, and the sets are smaller in size when compared to some of our other collections. Due to the no duplication guarantee and the conservative size of each collection, they're commonly purchased as a whole unit rather than title by title, though, title by title purchases are permitted.

Unlike Featured Collection and Spotlight List updates entirely new subject sets for these topics will be created based on the availability of new contents. Subject sets are also available on EBSCOhost Collection Manager, as well as on the Gobi Library Solutions website. Our Spanish and Portuguese language e-books come from a large assortment of high quality publishers such as Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, and its imprints. The publishers are from all over the world including Spain and Portugal, as well as from many Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, and Peru. Our Spanish and Portuguese language content is diverse and it spans a wide variety of subjects.

Medical e-books are consistently among the best selling Spanish titles. Our medical content includes clinical, medical research and allied health titles for students as well as professionals among other Spanish and Portuguese language best sellers. The topics range from science and technology titles to social sciences and arts and humanities.

This list of titles is just a snapshot of what is currently popular and is subject to change. We are constantly investigating and targeting more Spanish and Portuguese language publishers in order to grow our collection, and we look forward to bringing in even more high quality titles.

Please contact your EBSCO sales representative for a comprehensive list of available Spanish and Portuguese language e-books. There are a variety of ways to stay informed about all of our new e-books 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've enjoyed this session of EBSCO eBooks Collection Quick Bites.

Transcripts are generated using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and may contain errors.