22 · Survey Results: Survey Questions And Responses
Please describe other driver. N=21
A need for resources to support distance learning and off-campus programs.
Ability to share books within our consortium.
Book was only available online.
Desire to experiment with e-books; we weren’t particularly pleased with authorized uses that came with our ﬁrst
exploration (for ex., only 1 user at a time allowed) but we wanted to partner with 3 other institutions to explore a
patron-driver model for our e-book collection.
Early e-book collections would form a foundation for subsequent collections.
E-books were seen as innovative at the time we began collecting in 2000.
Features such as bookmarking, saving searches, personal bookshelf, highlighting, integrated reference tools, etc.
First purchases were made as an experiment to see how they were received.
I would check more of the above, but the question was for main drivers when we ﬁrst acquired e-books.
Initiative of statewide Academic Library Consortium.
Initiative within consortia to collect e-Books.
It is quite difﬁcult to answer questions now about purchases made so long ago. We purchased some NetLibrary titles
early on after a subsidized collection was provided to us consortially. However, knowing now what we know about
e-books our purchasing decisions are driven quite differently in the current environment.
Pilot for new technology and new directions for resources. Consortium offer.
Receive free net library package via SOLINET.
Supporting commuting students and programs taught at both main and regional campuses were key drivers since
e-book vendors were willing to treat our university as one site.
Things were MUCH different in 1999 than they are now. Our consortium decided to try NetLibrary e-books. We
would have had different priorities if we had been selecting individual titles, if we had bought at a later time, or if we
had purchased e-books as an individual institution.
We knew we needed to be a 24/7 library, so e-books were a normal response once the Web took off in the late 90s.
We participated in a shared purchase/patron driven experiment via a consortium but ceased when vender raised
Please enter any comments about the adoption of e-books into collections at your library. N=27
A real issue that has impeded faster progress is the fact that the print book and the e-version are not released, in
most cases, simultaneously, leading to a real fear of double buying.