Wednesday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
03 Taking the Long View: A Case Study of E-Book Usage at a Comprehensive Research University

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (more commonly known as Virginia Tech) made its first major acquisition of e-books over a dozen years ago with a large purchase of new e-book collections from Springer. While it has evolved over time, that business relationship has continued forward to the present day. Currently, the library’s online holdings include most of the available frontlist collections from what is now Springer Nature, as well as the Springer Book Series and the Springer Book Archives. In all, the University Libraries at Virginia Tech make over 120,000 e-books available to patrons through the SpringerLink platform. The cumulative usage of this material represents over 1.75 million downloads by the university community just since 2012.

The large number of titles available and the long-term nature of the acquisitions that have been made provide unique opportunities for in-depth analysis. The Springer e-book collections also offer a variety of material types including monographs, textbooks, and reference works integrated onto the same platform. This session will provide a case study of Springer e-book usage at Virginia Tech. In the process, it will showcase how working directly with a vendor partner can provide an enhanced and more multifaceted view of usage. Participants will benefit from seeing real-world data from a major research university analyzed in a variety of ways and have an opportunity not only to ask questions but also to suggest further avenues for analysis and exploration. Attendees will also see how such data might be used to better inform future collection management decisions

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Edward Lener

Associate Director for Collection Management, Virginia Tech
Edward Lener is Associate Director of Collection Management in the University Libraries at Virginia Tech and College Librarian for the Sciences. Edward is the university's representative to the Collections Committee of the VIVA library consortium and a co-author of the book Graduate... Read More →

Mitch Moulton

Account Development Manager, Springer Nature

Wednesday November 8, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401