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Thursday, November 3 • 3:35pm - 4:15pm
We're on a Roll: Transforming E-Book Acquisitions in a Shifting Budget Landscape

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In response to the challenging budget landscape in 2015/16, the University of British Columbia Library took a new approach to e-book acquisitions. The Associate University Librarian, Collections, established a working group with a mandate to develop and implement a strategy for library-wide e-book purchasing. Members of the group were drawn from both campuses and represented public and technical services and a broad spectrum of disciplines.

In this presentation, we will briefly review the factors that led to the formation of the working group, then discuss the steps taken in the analysis, selection, and purchase of e-books. The committee's two-pronged approach - the purchase of large ebook packages and participation in evidence-based acquisitions programs with Cambridge, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and CRC Press - will be explored in depth.

We will highlight the benefits of cross-unit collaboration, the vendor and publisher relations, and the effective use of limited funds. We will discuss the many challenges around discovery and access, evaluation and decision-making, and transitioning the program into the current fiscal year.

We expect that our presentation will contribute to the broader picture of how large academic libraries can address rising costs, limited budgets, and the variety of publisher e-book offers.

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Sheldon Armstrong

Interim AUL Collections, University of British Columbia
I am currently the Interim AUL Collection at the UBC Library located on the Vancouver campus. I have many years of experience in licensing, budgeting and publisher negotiations - but am most interested in where we should be heading in the long term. I am eagerly waiting our industry's... Read More →
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Arielle Lomness

Collections Librarian, University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus
Arielle Lomness is the Collections Librarian at UBC Library’s Okanagan campus, in addition to serving as a subject librarian. She is currently responsible for coordinating the Library’s collections activities, including the acquisitions of new content, the maintenance of the existing... Read More →
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Sally Taylor

Science Librarian, University of British Columbia
Sally Taylor is a science librarian on the UBC Vancouver campus, supporting researchers in the biological sciences, fisheries, forestry and the environmental sciences. She has been peripherally involved in RDM activities since 2014 and has been seconded as Research Data Services Librarian... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 3:35pm - 4:15pm EDT
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403