ebrary Announces New Library Acquisition Strategy, Suggests Moving from Print- to E-Books

ebrary Announces New Strategic Approach to E-book Acquisition

March 21, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – To help libraries meet the research needs of their
entire institutions and maximize their budgets, ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announceda strategic new approach to e-book acquisition based on three steps: Transition, Diversify and Streamline™. Libraries that transition a greater percentage of their budgets from print to electronic, diversify acquisition models, and streamline ordering processes will see a much greater and faster return on their e-book investments.

“Several converging factors have made strategic e-book acquisition possible: The number of books published electronically is at an all-time high; there are now a number of different
acquisition models, and solid usage data is available since e-books have been on the market for more than a decade,” said Kevin Sayar, President and General Manager of ebrary. “We believe that these factors can provide libraries with a new, strategic way to provide researchers with access to more e-books affordably and efficiently.”

Diversification is a key component of ebrary’s approach to strategic e-book acquisition. It is not one size fits all. Similar to a stock portfolio, libraries that diversify their acquisition models can see a better return on their investment.

For example, academic libraries can affordably serve the needs of their entire organizations by:
• Subscribing to Academic Complete™, a growing and highly affordable base collection of
more than 71,500 authoritative e-books with unlimited, multi-user access.
• Leveraging Academic Complete’s usage statistics to strategically determine where it
makes sense to expand the collection using other models.
• Supporting high-use subjects with patron driven acquisition. This model provides access
to hundreds of thousands of additional titles that are only triggered for purchase if used.
• Supplementing lower use programs with short-term loans, no commitment to purchase.
• Purchasing essential titles outright.
• Uploading and integrating their own digital repositories with DASH! ™ (Data Sharing,

Corporations can significantly reduce costs associated with books that are purchased by
individuals, and never shared or archived by creating a centralized digital repository. This can be accomplished by:
• Providing access to hundreds of thousands of e-books that meet the needs of multiple
departments through patron driven acquisition. Titles are only purchased if they are
actually used.
• Subscribing to growing, industry-specific subscriptions with unlimited, multi-user access.
• Purchasing essential titles outright.
• Uploading and integrating their own research and third party resources with DASH!
All e-books acquired under any model are seamlessly integrated on the ebrary platform and are available on or offline via a dedicated mobile app for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPad touch®. The ebrary platform also includes rich functionality for making the research process quick and efficient.

Titles can be purchased directly through ebrary’s ordering system, which combines
administrative functionality in a single interface, or through their existing print acquisition
workflow through book vendors such as YBP.

For details and to see how libraries of all types can benefit from strategic e-book acquisition visit
www.ebrary.com or email sales@ebrary.com.
About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)

ebrary helps customers acquire e-books strategically through a three step approach: Transition, Diversify and Streamline™. The company believes that by challenging the e-book status quo, organizations can effectively serve the diverse and growing needs of researchers and maximize their budgets. Founded in 1999, long before e-books were popular, ebrary is a ProQuest business located in Palo Alto, CA, USA.


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