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Borg, Martin
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Maceviciute, E., Borg, M., Kuzminiene, R. & Konrad, K. (2015). La adquisición de los libros electrónicos en las bibliotecas de los centros de enseñanza superior de Suecia. . Anales de Documentación, 18(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>La adquisición de los libros electrónicos en las bibliotecas de los centros de enseñanza superior de Suecia.
2015 (Spanish)In: Anales de Documentación, ISSN 1575-2437, E-ISSN 1697-7904, Vol. 18, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
e-books, academic libraries, Sweden
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8501 (URN)10.6018/analesdoc.18.1.224341 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2018-04-28Bibliographically approved
Maceviciute, E., Borg, M., Kuzminiene, R. & Konrad, K. (2014). The acquisition of e-books in the libraries of the Swedish higher education institutions.. Information research, 19(2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The acquisition of e-books in the libraries of the Swedish higher education institutions.
2014 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 19, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction. Our aim is to compare the advantages and problems of e-book acquisition identified in research literature to those experienced by two Swedish university libraries. Method. A literature review was used to identify the main issues related to acquisition of e-books by academic libraries. The data for comparison were collected through case studies in two Swedish universities. Document analysis, interviews and personal experience were used for data collection. Results. The main drivers of e-book acquisition by Swedish academic libraries are the perceived needs of the users. E-books are regarded as potentially useful for solving some of the problems of library service. A number of challenges and problems identified by the participants in the case studies coincide with those that were derived from the literature review. Conclusions. The problems of e-book acquisition in academic libraries seem to be common to the economically strong Western countries. University librarians see certain advantages of e-books for their users and libraries. Publishers and academic librarians expect that e-books would not lose the advantages that printed books offered to them. Hence, publishers restrict the usage of e-books to ensure revenues as if from selling individual copies. Librarians try to regain the same level of control over e-book collections as for printed materials.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Sheffield, 2014
Keywords
digital books, academic libraries, Library and Information Science
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1977 (URN)2320/14491 (Local ID)2320/14491 (Archive number)2320/14491 (OAI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Maceviciute, E. & Borg, M. (2013). The current situation of e-books in academic and public libraries in Sweden. Paper presented at International Conference - Publishing Trends and Contexts 6 - 7 December 2013, Pula, Croatia. Paper presented at International Conference - Publishing Trends and Contexts 6 - 7 December 2013, Pula, Croatia.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The current situation of e-books in academic and public libraries in Sweden
2013 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The arrival of e-books in Swedish libraries has been influenced by the ideas of provisions of equal access to all media and all Swedish citizens as well as by librarians’ wish to provide best service to their users within the library’s area of responsibility. They saw this new resource and service in the light of fulfilling their specific function in a democratic society that is usually expressed in Sweden as mediation (or transfer) of knowledge and culture to all. This is a common foundation, on which new media and information resources (including e-books) are incorporated into Swedish academic and public libraries. Apart from this common basis we see other similarities in work with e-books in both types of libraries, but also a number of differences. Most of them relate to the situation of libraries within their respective context and in relation to their specific role. Academic libraries are quite influential players in the global scholarly communication and supporters of both research and study processes. As such they are embedded in mainly international market of scientific information and scholarly materials. They have significant resources provided by parent universities for acquisition and a wide choice of commercially available material from different producers and vendors. They are organized into a national library consortium that has increased negotiation power. Thus, they have more freedom to experiment with a variety of business and pricing models offered on the international market. They also have high competence in the area of publishing and often play a role of a publisher themselves. Their involvement in research process and in open access initiatives puts them in a position to provide expertise to researchers in publishing and intellectual property areas. Public libraries are part of local cultural and educational landscape. As such they depend on the production of media and content in national languages that helps to cater to the needs and demands of the local population. They also are customers on a relatively small market of publishing, entertainment and education-related materials that help to fulfil their function in the enlightenment of the people. As public libraries offer open and free-of-charge access to their resources to the totality of the population in a particular territory, eventually covering the whole country, they are regarded as a disruptive player in the market economy. This perceived threat from public libraries was reborn in the emerging market of e-books. Despite these differences both academic and public libraries face similar challenges and problems in management of their collections, creating metadata, and providing access to them. So far, no such solutions that could satisfy all involved parties have been found.

Keywords
e-books, academic libraries, public libraries, Sweden, Library and Information science
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7167 (URN)2320/13341 (Local ID)2320/13341 (Archive number)2320/13341 (OAI)
Conference
International Conference - Publishing Trends and Contexts 6 - 7 December 2013, Pula, Croatia
Note

Sponsorship:

Vetenskapsrådet

Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22
Maceviciute, E. & Borg, M. (2013). The current situation of e-books in academic and public libraries in Sweden. Libellarium: journal for the history of writing, books and memory institutions, 6(1-2), 13-28
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The current situation of e-books in academic and public libraries in Sweden
2013 (English)In: Libellarium: journal for the history of writing, books and memory institutions, ISSN 1846-9213, Vol. 6, no 1-2, p. 13-28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introducing e-books into Swedish libraries has been influenced by the idea of equal access to all media for all Swedish citizens as well as by librarians’ wish to provide the best possible service to their users. Libraries perceived this new resource and service as a way of fulfilling their specific function in a democratic society, which is usually described as mediation (or transfer) of knowledge and culture to all. This is a common basis for the incorporation of new media and information resources (including e-books) into Swedish academic and public libraries. Apart from this common platform, we see other similarities in working with e-books in both types of libraries, but also a number of differences. Most of them relate to the position of libraries within their respective context and in relation to their specific role. Academic libraries are quite influential players in the global scholarly communication and supporters of both research and study processes. As such they are embedded in a mainly international market of scientific information and scholarly materials. They have significant resources provided by their parent universities for the acquisition of scholarly material and a wide choice of commercially available material from different providers. They are also incorporated into a national library consortium with great negotiation power. Thus, they have more freedom to experiment with a variety of business and pricing models offered on the international market. They also have a high competence in publishing and are often publishers themselves. Their involvement in research processes and in open access initiatives puts them in a position to provide expertise to researchers in the areas of publishing and intellectual property protection. Public libraries are part of the local cultural and educational landscape. As such, they depend on the production of media and content in national languages which helps cater to the needs and demands of the local population. They are also customers on the limited market of publishing, entertainment and education-related materials which help fulfil their function as educators. As public libraries offer open and free access to their resources to the entire population of a certain area, eventually covering the whole country, 14 they are regarded as a disruptive element in the market economy. This perceived threat from public libraries was reborn with the emergence of e-books. Despite their differences, both academic and public libraries face similar challenges and problems relating to the management of their collections, creating metadata, and providing access to their content. So far, there haven’t been any mutually satisfactory solutions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Zadar, 2013
Keywords
e-books, academic librarians, public libraries, Sweden, academic libraries, Library and Information science
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1844 (URN)2320/13615 (Local ID)2320/13615 (Archive number)2320/13615 (OAI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-20Bibliographically approved
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