The project, led by Royal Holloway on behalf of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, seeks to define practical guidelines and tools which will enable libraries to work together with providers and purchasing consortia to deliver the best possible return on investment and the highest level of efficiency in this priority area of library provision.

E-Book Acquisition as a Shared Service in M25 (E-BASS25)

Summary

The project, led by Royal Holloway on behalf of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, seeks to define practical guidelines and tools which will enable libraries to work together with providers and purchasing consortia to deliver the best possible return on investment and the highest level of efficiency in this priority area of library provision.

As e-books continue to develop as an important format and resource in libraries for students and researchers, it has become increasingly important to define best practice and cost-effectiveness in managing their acquisition and delivery in a library context.  

This project focuses on the purchasing of e-books on a consortium basis and will deliver considerable benefits in terms of engagement with libraries, the dissemination of guidelines around e-book acquisition and a more coordinated approach across the various groups involved.

Objectives

The project will deliver linked reports on the feasibility of a consortial approach to patron-driven acquisition (PDA) in the UK HE and museums library research environments and a decision-making toolkit to facilitate this form of consortial purchasing.

This will be set within the context of a wider review of the e-book landscape, with particular reference to a full range of business models and the impact on acquisition systems.  

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

The main deliverables are: 

  • A report on the e-books landscape with particular reference to patron driven acquisition, linked to a series of detailed reports and business specification documents; 
  • guidelines and a PDA life-cycle toolkit for consortia and other stakeholders engaged in consortia e-books purchasing, all made easily accessible via a web-based framework.
The evaluation documentation will chart progress against a range of success criteria, including: delivery of project outputs/deliverables in line with project plan and budget; dissemination of outputs in line with Communications plan; contributions to JISC events and related JISC calls, as per project plan; contributions to JISC Systems Synthesis and Scoping Project and to wider initiatives such as KB+; take up and dissemination by stakeholders of toolkit/guidelines.

The work is divided into 8 work packages, as follows:

WP1. Project Management and Evaluation
WP2. E-book Landscape and Context Review
WP3. Business Requirements Specification
WP4. Business Model Specification
WP5. Procurement Guidelines 
WP6. Systems Integration Guidelines
WP7. Dissemination Activities
WP8. Sustainability Planning and Project Exit Strategy

Below is a short presentation the project gave at a recent meeting which provides a useful introduction to the project:

Project Staff

Dominic Tate, 
Repository & Digital Assets ManagerRoyal Holloway, University of London

dominic.tate@rhul.ac.uk
01784 276619
Summary
Start date
30 June 2012
End date
1 February 2013
Funding programme
Digital infrastructure: Information and library infrastructure programme
Strand
Information and library infrastructure: Emerging opportunities
Project website
Lead institutions
Royal Holloway, University of London (on behalf of M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries)
http://www.rhul.ac.uk
http://www.m25lib.ac.uk
Partner institutions
Topic