32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Future is Friendly: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck from E-Content Collections

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E-content has given researchers an increased level of convenience and an unprecedented level of access to knowledge through scholarly articles, but what effect has this had on how researchers seek information?

Do they provide good monetary value to higher education libraries and what are the wider benefits for universities and research institutions? Based on a CIBER report, there is a clear correlation between levels of use of e-content in multidisciplinary collections and research outcomes. More usage of interdisciplinary collections are linked to the number of papers published, as well as the number of PhD awards and income from research grants and contracts. This link is independent of institution size. It is true that we can no longer think of the different disciplines in their own silos, not interacting with each other. For this reason, acquiring e-content interdisciplinary collections makes perfect sense. It is no longer just a question of how much usage title X, Y or Z is having in a given year, but what impact those titles are having on our faculty and research communities. Budget crisis is not a new thing in academic libraries.

So the question is: Are you satisfied with the overall price for your package, and is the unit cost per article where you want it to be?

We should not forget that in the print world along with the pick and choose model, libraries do not hold much of the negotiating power. While also reminding ourselves that there is a completely different game plan when it comes to the purchase of an online database.


James Lingle

Director of Sales and Marketing, IGI Global
I became Director of Sales & Marketing at IGI Global in July 2012. Having worked as a publishing professional for over 25 years in both the US and UK, I have been fortunate to work through, and help implement many of the changes that have impacted our world in that time. As we have... Read More →

Saeed Otufat-Shamsi

Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, IGI Global
A passionate professional in the field of Information Science and Technology Management with more than 18 years of career that has spun around applying and disseminating the latest information technology in multi-disciplines such as publishing, financial, telecommunication, and engineering... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
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