Ebook Central DDA: December purchases

To welcome in the new year, I thought I’d highlight a few of the titles triggered for purchase on the UL’s Ebook Central DDA during December. While November was a very busy month, December was (unsurprisingly) much quieter, with only 53 ebooks purchased as a result of user activity. (The total number of books purchased via the scheme in the calendar year was 1228, up from 956 in 2018.) However, it’s still a diverse mix, from 31 different publishers—the most popular of whom were Indiana University Press and Stanford University Press, with six titles apiece—covering subjects including African metallurgy, advertising in the American West, and the history of Australian newspapers. The oldest title purchased was one originally published in 1999 (an edition of the Canzoniere which we did not hold in print), and the newest was a history of J. Edgar Hoover’s time at the FBI, which will not be published in print until February.

A selection of those titles which are now owned outright can be seen below:

Rebecca Gower (Collections and Academic Liaison, University Library)

The UL and ebooks: Focus on … the Ebook Central DDA

The UL has astonishing print collections, accumulated over many centuries, and it is only fairly recently that we have started to include ebooks in our collection development. However, after a slow start, we now acquire and make available huge numbers of ebooks via various means, and I thought it might be interesting to write a series of guest posts on this blog to highlight some of the different UL-funded ebook schemes, and explain more about how each one works. The focus will largely be on English-language content; however, there are also increasing quantities of ebooks in European languages available, you can find more details of these in this recent blog post.

An early example of the UL experimenting with ebooks was the decision to begin a DDA scheme in early 2014: this was originally with ebrary, but it’s now hosted on Ebook Central, after the two platforms merged. DDA stands for “demand-driven acquisition”; it is also sometimes referred to as PDA (“patron-driven acquisition”). How it works:

  • The library sets up a profile of the books it wants included in the scheme;
  • MARC records for titles that match the profile are loaded into Alma (and new titles are then added on a weekly basis);
  • The ebooks sit there, and are only triggered for purchase if they are used for longer than ten minutes, or if a user tries to print something from them.

It all happens seamlessly—the user doesn’t get any indication that their activity is resulting in a purchase (or, indeed, any indication that we don’t already own the ebook).

The profile we use for the DDA is quite detailed: it’s largely made up of titles from North American publishers which we would not expect to receive via legal deposit, e.g. Stanford University Press, University of Wisconsin Press. The subject areas are one that match the UL’s other collections—i.e. arts, humanities and social sciences—and only include titles published after 2014, and under a set price cap. Over time, we’ve added in more university presses that were not originally part of the scheme, and it’s also a way to make book requests available very quickly to readers: if something is available on Ebook Central, we can simply switch it on to provide access.

The DDA has now been running for over five years, and it has proved to be a very effective way to make titles available to readers without them necessarily having to be bought outright: it offers a kind of try-before-you-buy model, and in the 2018-19 academic year, there were 2072 “free” uses of ebooks on the scheme, i.e. incidences where someone looked at a book for less than ten minutes and therefore didn’t trigger a purchase. At the time of writing, there are 4145 unowned titles available to users, and more are added each week. The total number of ebooks acquired via the DDA in 2018-19 was 1251—a 33% increase on the previous academic year—and the busiest point in that year was May 2019, when 208 ebooks were purchased. It’s now quite hard to imagine our collection development in which a DDA scheme didn’t play a part!

It goes without saying that the ebooks@cambridge service led the way for the provision of ebooks in Cambridge, and the team continues to provide technical expertise and support for all of the UL’s ebook collections; without their help at the beginning, the DDA might not have been the success it now is.

I’ll end with just a handful of the titles that have been purchased via the DDA since the beginning of October:

Rebecca Gower (Collections and Academic Liaison, University Library)

MyiLibrary ebooks – save your notes now!

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The Library provides access to ebooks via a variety of different platforms. One of these, MyiLibrary, is going to shut down in late April. The ebooks we own on this platform will be migrating to another site, Ebook Central, on Wednesday 25th April 2018. Ebook Central offers many excellent features, meaning you should have an improved experience when accessing the migrated ebooks on this platform.

After the migration, you will still be able to access the e-books as normal via iDiscover.

Is there anything you can do to prepare?

Patron bookshelves, notes, bookmarks and highlights will not migrate to Ebook Central. If you use these features and you want to save your bookshelf history and notes then please follow the advice below.

Print your MYI bookshelf list and history

  • Within MyiLibrary, click on My Account (top of screen, on black bar) and log in if necessary.
  • Choose the Bookshelf option.
  • With the list of books displayed, use the browser’s print option to print the list.

Print/email notes you have made within MYI ebooks

  • Within MyiLibrary, click on My Account and log in if necessary.
  • Choose the Notes option.
  • A page will display a list of books in which you have made notes, together with the notes themselves and page references. Select those you wish to print or email and click Print Selected or Email Selected. Note that you need to have added your email address to your account for the email option to work.
  • You can also download a helpsheet about this process.

Unfortunately there is no way to transfer highlights or bookmarks to Ebook Central.

If you have any questions or comments about this migration, please get in touch with Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

MyiLibrary migration to Ebook Central

You might be aware that plans are afoot by Proquest to wind down the MyiLibrary platform and migrate MyiLibrary ebooks to Ebook Central. Cambridge University members already have access to a growing number of ebooks on Ebook Central, so hopefully many of you are already familiar with the platform.

Stage 1 complete – MYI titles no longer on sale

Stage 1 of the process has already been completed, and as of yesterday MyiLibrary titles are no longer available for sale. Those of you who purchase ebooks through Coutts OASIS should no longer be able to see MyiLibrary licence options (a quick spot check this morning seems to confirm this, but do please let us know if you spot any rogues!). Our purchased MyiLibrary titles are still, at this stage, available for users on the existing MyiLibrary platform.

Stage 2 due 2018 – migration of our owned ebooks to Ebook Central

Step 2 of the process involves the migration of our owned MyiLibrary ebooks to the Ebook Central Platform and the closure of the MyiLibrary platform. This will happen in the first half of 2018 and we will be notified a few weeks in advance. All of our existing links to MyiLibrary ebooks will redirect to Ebook Central after the migration.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare?

Patron bookshelves, notes, bookmarks and highlights will not migrate to Ebook Central. If you or your students use these features it might be worth starting to think about preserving this information in advance of the migration, as once the platform switches off there won’t be any way of accessing this data. You might consider the following:

Print your MYI bookshelf list and history

  • Within MyiLibrary, click on My Account (top of screen, on black bar) and log in if necessary.
  • Choose the Bookshelf option.
  • With the list of books displayed, use the browser’s print option to print the list.

Print/email notes you have made within MYI ebooks

  • Within MyiLibrary, click on My Account and log in if necessary.
  • Choose the Notes option.
  • A page will display a list of books in which you have made notes, together with the notes themselves and page references. Select those you wish to print or email and click Print Selected or Email Selected. Note that you need to have added your email address to your account for the email option to work.

Unfortunately there will be no way to transfer highlights or bookmarks to Ebook Central.

We will blog again when we are notified of our migration slot to remind you about these actions. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this process please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk as usual.

 

 

Popular ebooks, Michaelmas Term 2017

There follows a list of owned ebooks, hosted on a variety of supplier platforms, which have been in demand over the Michaelmas Term. They have all been upgraded to allow greater concurrent access, as a result of multiple turnaway notifications received by the ebooks@cambridge team.

Finding italy    biogeography    Piers    HUMAN EVOLUTION

Cox – Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach (9th ed.)

Crew – Bodies and Ruins

Müller – Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe

Tse – Corporate Finance: the basics

Fletcher – Finding Italy: Travel, Nation, and Colonization in Vergil’s Aeneid

Kuhn – Handbook of Child Psychology: Cognition, Perception, and Language

Gamble – Hayek: the Iron Cage of Liberty

Craig – Languages of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Mullins – Management and Organisational Behaviour (11th ed.)

Beetham – Max Weber and the Theory of Modern Politics

Langland – Piers Plowman: A Modern Verse Translation

Lewin – Principles of Human Evolution (2nd ed.)

Barber – Print culture and the First Yoruba Novel: I. B. Thomas’s life story of Me, Segilola and Other Texts

Francis – The Conservatives and British Society, 1880-1990

Kittler – The Truth of the Technological World: Essays on the Genealogy of Presence

Nelson – The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome

Duffy – The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400–-1580 (2nd ed.)

All of these ebook titles can be found in iDiscover and can be accessed on and off campus with a Raven login.

conservatives     DNA     management    stripping

 

Popular ebook titles, Easter Term 2017

after victory    Performing al-Andalus cvr.indd    indigenous

There follows a list of owned ebooks, hosted on a variety of supplier platforms, which have been in demand over the Easter Term. They have all been upgraded to allow greater concurrent access, as a result of multiple turnaway notifications received by the ebooks@cambridge team.

Ikenberry – After victory: institutions, strategic restraint, and the rebuilding of order after major wars 

Shannon – Performing al-Andalus: music and nostalgia across the Mediterranean

Stevens – Indigenous peoples, national parks, and protected areas: a new paradigm linking conservation, culture, and rights

Schroeder – The transformation of European politics 1763-1848

Reuss & Cutcliffe – The illusory boundary: environment and technology in history

Berney – Learning from Bogotá: pedagogical urbanism and the reshaping of public space

Rosenberg – Philosophy of Social Science

Martin – Flexible bodies: tracking immunity in American culture from the days of polio to the age of AIDS

All of these ebook titles can be found in iDiscover and can be accessed on and off campus with a Raven login.

flexible   boundary   bogota

Popular ebook titles, Lent Term 2017

medicine2      BLANCHARD MACRO.indd      kicking      Kurdish

There follows a list of owned ebooks, hosted on a variety of supplier platforms, which have been in demand over the Lent Term. They have all been upgraded to allow greater concurrent access, as a result of multiple turnaway notifications received by the ebooks@cambridge team.

Chang – Kicking away the ladder : development strategy in historical perspective

Orton – St. Gregory of Nyssa : anti-Apollinarian writings

Bengio – Kurdish Awakening : nation building in a fragmented homeland

Griffin – Satire : a critical reintroduction

Brown – Pass the PSA

Wright – Critical issues in peace and education

Hitchings – Top 100 drugs : clinical pharmacology and practical prescribing

Moffitt – The global rise of populism : performance, political style, and representation

Dierksheide – Amelioration and empire : progress and slavery in the plantation Americas

Brunson – Russian realisms: literature and painting, 1840–1890

Miller – The subject of Holocaust fiction

Landau – Collected papers of L. D. Landau

Ross – China in the era of Xi Jinping : domestic and foreign policy challenges

Blanchard – Macroeconomics (6th edition, Global edition)

All of these ebook titles can be found in iDiscover and can be accessed on and off campus with a Raven login.

holocaust      china      physics1      populism

Popular ebrary/Ebook Central titles Michaelmas Term 2016

scripting-revolution      archaeopoetics      banal      bengal

There follows a list of owned ebrary or Ebook Central ebooks which have been in demand over the Michaelmas Term. They have all been upgraded to allow greater concurrent access, as a result of multiple turnaway notifications received by the ebooks@cambridge team.

al-Muwaylihi – What ‘Isa ibn Hisham Told Us: or, A Period of Time, Volume One  

Amrith – Crossing the Bay of Bengal: the furies of nature and the fortunes of migrants

Baker – Scripting revolution: a historical approach to the comparative study of revolutions

Billig – Banal nationalism

Bloomfield – Archaeopoetics: word, image, history

Hann – Postsocialism: ideals, ideologies and practices in Eurasia

Hungerford – Making literature now 

Major – Architects of austerity: international finance and the politics of growth

Mead – Special providence: American foreign policy and how it changed the world

Musgrove – China’s contested capital: architecture, ritual, and response in Nanjing

Tomlinson – A million years of music: the emergence of human modernity

All of these ebook titles can be found in iDiscover and can be accessed on and off campus with a Raven login.

special-providence      postsocialism      making-literature-now      million-years