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Title: The Cooperative collection development of electronic books in Hong Kong: a jurisdictional approach
Authors: Ching, Hsianghoo Steve
Chan, Diana L. H.
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2008
Subjects: Cooperative collection development (Libraries) -- China -- Hong Kong
Cooperative acquisition of library materials -- China -- Hong Kong
Acquisition of electronic information resources
Academic libraries -- Collection development
Electronic books
Citation: Conference of Digital Resources Sharing: New thoughts for the Internet Age. Feng Chia University, Taiwan, 12 December 2008
Abstract: Hong Kong has a good practice and experience in cooperative collection development of print books through the Hong Kong Monograph Acquisitions Consortium (HKMAC). This consortium is formed by all eight UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong. Drawing on its experiences, another consortium, Electronic Resources Academic Library Link (ERALL), was formed to purchase E-books. While this presentation reviews ERALL’s funding arrangement and organizational structure, we have also examined the different aspects of E-book purchases such as selection criteria, number, costs, savings, subjects and duplications, etc. A comparison is highlighted between HKMAC and ERALL, as both are jurisdictional consortium, exercising the strongest bargaining power. A usage study conducted at City University of Hong Kong is also presented in comparing the daily check-out rate on print circulating English books without E-version and those with E-version. Check-out rates on books with E-version have further be examined base on their subject areas and E-book packages, such as ERALL and Cicada. Interesting findings were gathered from this study which will provide direction for future research.
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