Presentation on theme: "Ollie Bridle October 2012. About the library. E-books at Oxford University. E-books – a view from the sciences. E-book reader leading at the Radcliffe."— Presentation transcript:
About the library. E-books at Oxford University. E-books – a view from the sciences. E-book reader leading at the Radcliffe Science Library.
University’s main Science Library Reference and lending collection. Accessible to every full member of the University.
A variety of different sources – Aggregators - EBL (Electronic Book Library) & EBSCO Host Subject specific collections (EEBO – Early English Books Online) Reference Suites (Oxford Reference) One-off titles (Encyclopaedia of Materials : Science & Technology) Google Books Publically available resources (Project Gutenberg)
Mainly through SOLO. Displays print and electronic books. Links to Google digitised books. Not all individual e-book titles discoverable. OxLIP+ Groups resources by subject. User education required. Highlighting by Librarians in LibGuides and training.
24/7 instant access & convenience Speed of ordering Opportunities for patron driven ordering Discoverability in our catalogue Serve the need for high demand titles Savings on shelf space The pages don’t fall out!
Variations in interfaces Discoverability through SOLO Different allowances Online/offline access Limited selection Reading off a screen
Having e-versions available can be especially helpful for publishers who don’t deposit. (e.g. Springer) Speed of access through EBL is a great feature. Has been very useful for people out of Oxford and on geography field trips. Availability at about 30% of wanted material.
Not great subject coverage. Not perceived as good for science as humanities. Core text-books unavailable or prohibitively expensive. Useful titles - Field’s Virology & ELS. Not much reader reaction beyond technical queries. Difficult to keep up with developments in e- books. More complex ordering. Need for a centralised list of all e-books.
Kindle from Amazon Works with proprietary Amazon e- book format. Two loaned since 2009. Recently purchased a small number of science titles. Sony E-reader Touch screen. Works with a variety of e-book formats (e.g. ePub). 1 loaned since 2009.
E-readers are catalogued on ALEPH and can be held. Content preloaded on to Kindles. Readers not allowed to delete or add content. Reader signs a loan agreement. Checkout as a book. 7 day loan. DRM prevents reader copying content.
Loans Kindle 1 - 47 Kindle 2 – 77 Sony - 51 Online Survey But nobody responds to our recent version! Need to incentivise. Anecdotally People want to try the technology. People want to read PDF files.
Maybe not for the library! There is PD content but depends if its useful for your reader’s subject areas. Initial investment in devices. No compatibility with other Oxford E-books. Books often no cheaper than paper. Dispute over libraries right to lend. (1 book, 1 device, 1 reader) Usage rules may change at any time at Amazon’s whim.
ProsCons Readers can experiment with the technology. Poor support for reading PDFs. Easy to read especially in daylight (e-ink technology). Don’t work with our e- book collections. Simple to use.Not designed with academic use in mind. Long battery life.Requires monitoring to remove material.
Ultra portable computers. iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows. Can be used to access e- books, e-journals and databases. Future all-in-one device? Drawbacks compared to Kindle Screen display technology. Battery life. Recent launch of Kyobo reader.
E-readers and libraries ‘The portable e-book: issues with e-book reading devices in the library’ John Rodzvilla (2009) Serials, vol. 22(3) S6-S10 Mixed Answers to "Is It OK for a Library To Lend a Kindle?“ – Library Journal. (04/07/2009) http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6649814.ht ml iPads in libraries ‘Setting up a library iPad program : Guidelines for success.’ Sara Thompson (2011) College & Research Libraries, News vol. 72 (4) 212-236