Posted on 07/08/2012
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.
The E-Books Acquisition as a Shared Service in the M25 (E-BASS25) project has just received funding of £39,426 from the Joint Information Systems Committee as part of the recent Digital Infrastructure: Library Systems Programme.
Led by Royal Holloway, University of London (on behalf of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries), with partners at Kingston University, JISC Collections and the Science Museum (on behalf of the Museum Librarians and Archivists Group), the project runs from August 2012 - February 2013. John Tuck is Project Director, Dominic Tate is Project Manager and Anna Grigson is, a Lead Expert from the College Library.
The joint venture 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 efficiency for collaborative e-books provision. It 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.
John Tuck, Director of Library Services said "I'm delighted that we have been successful in winning funding for this project. The project will address some key concerns to enable libraries to derive the best possible value for their customers whilst offering the widest possible choice of e-books. We're pleased to be working in a leading role in this exciting area of library innovation."