New data for library acquisition strategies

Amidst the global pandemic, budget cuts, and increasing library user expectations, using data is key when developing ebook collections while ensuring cost control. However, the common use of cost-per-title or cost-per-use analyses tend to overlook key factors, such as the institution’s mission or research goals.

How can newer types of data as well as qualitative factors impact collection choices? What data and methods are increasingly helpful and being used by publishers and leading institutions' libraries alike?

Based on a chapter written by Melissa Fulkerson (Elsevier) in Libraries, Digital information, and COVID, this freely available ebook summarizes emerging qualitative measures to consider while making decisions on future acquisitions.

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More resources about data for library acquisitions

Free book chapter: New data to inform acquisition strategies
In this chapter from Libraries, Digital information, and COVID, Melissa Fulkerson from Elsevier discusses STEM book publishing and library acquisition workflows. She outlines emerging qualitative measures to consider when deciding on future  acquisitions, using ebooks as the example.

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Infographic: Enhancing library collections with new metrics
Read a quick summary of quantitative and qualitative factors to be considered when optimizing your library's collections.

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Infographic: Using publisher data for collection acquisition
Get an overview of how publishers' data can be used to ensure academic and research communities are supported based on research trends.

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On-demand webinar: Everyone a pioneer
Librarians, publishers, senior researchers and academic leaders are all searching for sustainable digital solutions. Leading practitioners share their own concerns and approaches to key topics such as digital transformation, open science and managing repository data.

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Ensure your library can support your institution’s research and educational missions in the subjects that matter.

Browse journal and book title lists, including new releases available on ScienceDirect, that can help build or supplement your library's collection.

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