When: Wednesday, Jan 30 | 10:30 am - 11:10 am

Location: MTCC 203A

Days: Wednesday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Academic Libraries. Subjects: Academic, Collections, and Technology.


The proliferation of evidence-based acquisition (EBA) purchase options by publishers and some aggregators has further complicated the ebook access landscape. Overlapping title lists and variable quality of MARC records provided by vendors produce difficult situations for acquisitions and cataloguing librarians in how to maximize patrons’ ability to find these titles with limited staff resources to handle those records and other holdings lists. This presentation will explore the most common options, compare the roles that catalogues and discovery services have to play, and demonstrate how one small academic library, UPEI, is handling its mix of firm order, DDA, EBA, subscription, and open access ebook holdings on both the acquisitions and cataloguing sides. Featured will be original code developed at UPEI to manage collections of overlapping MARC records.