We’ve added many new e-resources over the past year. The current objectives are to ensure that faculty awareness of these resources is high and to monitor and evaluate usage before our next renewal.
Total expenditures for library resources increased by 28% since 2016. Expenditures for e-resources are up 42%.
Print periodical subscriptions decreased as more titles were purchased in digital formats. Book volume counts hold steady for now but will begin a slow downward trend as more outdated volumes are removed than new volumes are acquired.
Online article downloads fell from the previous year but remain higher than 2011. The cause for this decline is unknown at this time. We’ll learn if this is a trend once we tally the counts for the past year. Circulation of physical items (books and equipment) continued a downward trend and are below the 2011 level. Despite the declining numbers Leeward still circulates more items than any other UHCC campus. In 2015, 46% of total circulation volume for Oahu UHCC campuses happened at Leeward.
In Fall 2016 the library initiated a new resource acquisition model with the purchase of selected course readings in electronic format and making them available to students at no cost. This new library initiative is in support of the UHCC strategic goal to implement OER to replace most textbooks by 2021.
The project started by identifying the books students were required to purchase for their classes. The process involved scanning the bookstore’s Fall 2016 Textbook List and selecting the non-textbook course readings.
Why did we ignore traditional textbooks? Libraries cannot purchase textbooks as e-books with campus-wide electronic access or share the access codes.
The 80 non-textbook titles were then searched for by library staff in our Voyager library catalog. We discovered 6 titles which were already available electronically in one of our existing e-book collections. We informed faculty of the immediate availability of these titles.
The next step was to check our e-book vendors to identify titles we could purchase. At the same time, we started a new e-book service called Overdrive partly in support of this project. We identified 18 titles that we could purchase as e-books. The majority of the publishers did not provide an option for unlimited user access (our ideal) so we were left to purchase individual copies of each title. In the end, we purchased a total of 18 titles (or 53 copies) for $1,685.
But the title is available in the Kindle store. Why can’t the library just purchase a copy? Yes, titles may be available in one of several e-book stores for individual purchase but it wouldn’t work for the library. Individual purchases are tied to a single user account and access cannot be shared. We must purchase e-books which can be made available to all authenticated Leeward users. Overdrive is our e-book platform that supports both the Kindle format and UH user authentication. However, Overdrive focuses on non-academic titles so we cannot rely on it exclusively.
As you can see, this was not a straightforward process nor is every single title available as an e-book. Even the titles we could purchase limited access to 3-5 concurrent users or had a one copy/one user restriction. These are publisher imposed limits. The Online Course Reserves project is only a partial solution to the problem of student access to course materials.
We plan to continue this project into the new year. If you would like the library to purchase an e-book to support your course, please submit your request using the online Course Reserves Purchase Request Form. If the e-book is available, we will purchase up to 5 copies and let you know when they are available to your students.
The Big Library Read is a global book reading event taking place October 13-27. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp explores the impact of a school shooting as it takes place at a fictional high school. Learn more about the book and the Big Library Read here. This is Where it Ends will be available with unlimited access for the next two weeks.
The organizer of the Big Library Read is Overdrive. Overdrive is the leading provider of fiction and non-fiction e-books for libraries. Check out Leeward’s growing collection of titles at leeward.lib.overdrive.com.
Our library provides access to several electronic book collections to meet the needs of LCC faculty and students. One of our electronic book collections is ebrary from which you may browse books in many disciplines including:
Anthropology – Business & Economics – Computers & IT – Education – Engineering & Technology – Fine Arts – History – Language & Literature – Law – Life Sciences – Medicine – Physical Sciences – Psychology – Religion – Social Sciences
To search the ebrary e-book collectionclick here.
Or, from ourlibrary homepage, click on “Research Tools” and then click on the ‘ebrary’ link under “E-book Search Tools.”
If you would like to access ebrary from our new website, you may do so by clicking on the ‘ebrary’ link under “Other options for searching books and media” (below the “Books” search box).