Ebooks and university libraries: In search of good ideas

Academic libraries are seeing important increases year after year in the presence of ebooks in their collections. At the UOC Library, we won support from the Governing Council in 2011 to prioritize acquisition of documents in electronic format, and over the last three years we have seen how the number of ebook downloads has only gone up.

Evolution of ebook downloads from the UOC’s Virtual Library (2010–2012)

Evolution of ebook downloads from the UOC’s Virtual Library (2010–2012)

We are now looking at how other libraries are organizing the ebook spaces on their sites and trying to find the best ideas for how to create our own ebook showcase.

The University of New England (UNE), Australia, uses Summon (just like we do) and offers a specific Summon search box for ebooks as well as a list of specialized ebook collections.

University of New England's Library

University of New England’s Library

The University of Calgary offers a specific ebooks page with a list of databases and products with this kind of content. In this case a short definition or explanation of each resource is included. What I felt was interesting from this library was the fact that they offer extra information on “ebook permissions by platform”.

University of Calgary Library's ebook page

University of Calgary Library’s ebook page

Manchester Metropolitan University uses both on an A-Z listing and an ebook search box – combining what UNE and Calgary have done.

Manchester Metropolitan University  Library's ebook website

Manchester Metropolitan University Library’s ebook website

And finally the UK’s Open University has a comprehensive ebook webpage with a search box, an A-Z list of ebook resources, a thematic selection and copyright license information.

Open University Library

Open University Library

After looking at dozens of web pages, it is now time for us to start defining our own ebook page for the Virtual Library website.

Good ideas have been retrieved, now let’s put them into the practice!

 

 

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