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RSC South East

Presentation on the e-books for FE project, focussing on the FE business models report

Anna Vernon

on 23 November 2011

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3% of colleges do not have an OPAC
network capacity
Low use of e-resources and reliance on freely available content
higher fees for HE will lead to students studying nearer to home or at their college.
HE in FE likely to increase-increased expectations from the library? The library of the future, tips Students read longer when directed via a VLE Know your users! Bridging the
digital divide taking the plunge, promoting and embedding e-books Promotional materials Aiding discoverability and use: making the invisible visible include e-books in your LMS Moodle
modules No plugs in/
Proprietary software Provide FE colleges with a critical mass of relevant e-books to help colleges serve their diverse range of learners.
Access to 3000 e-books free of charge to every FE college in the UK.
1 copy of the FE e-books, in print £116,879.10.
6.4 million page views since September
Negotiated under terms of JISC model licence
engagement and demand for textbooks
content as a driver for change e-books for FE Barriers:
Only 60% are currently Athens Shibboleth/UKAMF compliant
Do you enable single sign on? Sessions typically lasted 13 minutes and users viewed around 6 pages at a time wobblers dummy books A1: How do students obtain
e-books? From their library! How are e-books used? A2: Student and teachers are dipping in and out consuming e-books in small chunks: grazing and fact extraction A3: Read online; 60% viewing of e-books is directly from screen. Irrespective of age. User Behaviour and e-books Time spent viewing an entire e-book e-books are used throughout the day and night, with the heaviest use occuring between 10am and 12pm. High peaks and troughs of use Almost a third of use was off campus 1.Respond to student demand and how they want to read
2.Promote your library brand, personalise & customise
3.Work to enable easier remote access-single sign on!
4.Promotion works, develop a strategy for your library
5.Use a variety of promotional methods-e-books are invisible.
6.Only promote effective products-pressurise those which aren't.
7.Use and enhance the library catalogue-it's the main route to content
8. Until platforms are truly intuitive-tailor training and inductions for
staff and students
9. Use course information to identify students who have not had library exposure
10. Develop user centred routes to e-content-what devices are they using federated
searching We undertook two user surveys (combined responses of 52,000) where we asked users about their behaviour and use of e-books. Increasing expectation from students for free access to e-books from their library. Personalise! e-books for FE: the new batch BIS funding of 250k
but we need to demonstrate best value for money
so...students will decide what is 'bought' from pool of c. 80 titles
titles and records available from 1st April 2011
alternative to e-select? Top ten titles
BTEC Health and Social Care
BTEC National Sport
BTEC IT Practitioners
BTEC Public Services Book 2
BTEC Children's Care, Learning and Development Studies
BTEC Sport and Exercise Sciences
Child Development : An Illustrated Guide
BTEC National Construction
BTEC First : ICT Practitioners
BTEC National Travel and Tourism Q1:We asked students how they get hold of e-books. Which got the highest response?:

a. Free of the internet
b. From a friend or colleague
c. Own university library
d. Another library
e. Bought a copy Q2: we asked students what proportion of e-books they read online. What was the most popular answer?:

a. Read the whole e-book
b. Dipped in and out of several chapters
c. Read one whole chapter
d. Read several whole chapters
e. Looked at the e-book briefly Q3: In the surveys, users were asked to
say how they read the e-book.
Did most users:
a.Read from the screen
b.Print out and read
c.Did a bit of both Q5: During what period of the day
did users tend to view e-books?

a.Morning (9 am – 12am)
b.Lunchtime (12 – 2pm)
c.Afternoon (2pm – 6pm)
d.Evening (6pm – 9pm) Q4: In our analysis we could observe real time behaviours (not self reported).
What was the average time spent viewing an e-book?
a.5 minutes
b.13 minutes
c.20 minutes get in touch
join the jiscmail list Thank you! plug your most
popular titles library website coffee mornings Info lit/
skills training Get out there &
speak to staff include library branding send link of popular titles
to teaching staff Include covers
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