Library / Book Update - EBSCO

 
 

 

 

 

We receive updates regularly from our contract lead for academic services based at SUPC , to highlight some recent communications that you may be interested in, see below.

 

 

Library Updates – A message from EBSCO 

We are hearing that many libraries are struggling to support their home-based student body given that physical libraries are no longer accessible.  Our teams are dealing with similar situations in FE as well as with Government, Corporate and Medical markets so I’m hoping you can help spread the message about the help on offer to struggling libraries as it may be sometime before we’re able to contact all SUPC libraries and offer personalised support to them.

 

EBSCO press release covered key things actioned  in the book world – their priority has been to react first, then focus on communicating their approach with individual libraries and consortia:

 

https://more.ebsco.com/eBooks-Upgraded-Access-2020.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=all_c_wwe&utm_campaign=all_ebooks_UU-Access-Offer-Spring_20200318&utm_content=cta

 

Information for members:

 

  1. We have upgraded all of our customers’ EBSCO eBooks, where a simultaneous user restriction was in place, to Unlimited concurrent user access until 30th June 2020.  The library need not do anything as this change has already been made on our systems.

 

  1. Where an EBSCO eBook is available for sale at the unlimited user level, for participating publishers (listed on the link above), we will be selling the eBook at the 1 user price (don’t forget the significant discount we provide to SUPC members).

 

  1. Relating specifically to Universities – we are making our Academic eBook Subscription Collection (https://www.ebsco.com/products/ebooks/academic-collection) available for libraries to access on EBSCOhost free of charge, for a period of 3 months (until the end of June) where they don’t currently subscribe to it.  If a library would like to take advantage of accessing the 200,000+ eBooks with no restrictions of the number of concurrent users, please ask the library in question to contact their dedicated EBSCO database contact. 

 

  1. Relating specifically to any FE/HE Colleges, we are making our FE/HE eBook Subscription Collection (https://www.ebsco.com/products/ebooks/fe-he-collection) available for libraries to access on EBSCOhost free of charge, for a period of 3 months (until the end of June) where they don’t currently subscribe to it.  If a library would like to take advantage of accessing the 10,000+ eBooks in this purpose built collection, with no restrictions of the number of concurrent users, again, please ask the library in question to contact their dedicated EBSCO database contact. 

 

We are not setting up access as a trial and then pushing people to subscribe to this collection – we’re wanting to provide an immediate boost to our customers who have supported us over the years so this is our way of giving some immediate, short-term relief in a way which we feel will genuinely address a major problem many are facing today.

 

  1. Print book vs eBook title match service.  We know that one of the biggest challenges for libraries to overcome today is the reliance on their print book collection but with students unable to access the library, accessing e-versions of book is an increasingly important requirement for libraries to address.  Whilst our capacity allows, if any SUPC members would like to establish if any of their print holdings could be acquired as an eBook via GOBI, we can help them with this analysis. 

 

 

https://more.ebsco.com/preference-center.html -  This link will allow members to select their preferred messaging that we send to them directly from  various marketing channels, including status updates and important news announcements.