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Program: electronic library and information systems

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Cataloguing e-books in UK higher education libraries: report of a survey

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Title:Cataloguing e-books in UK higher education libraries: report of a survey
Author(s):Jacqueline Belanger, (University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, UK)
Citation:Jacqueline Belanger, (2007) "Cataloguing e-books in UK higher education libraries: report of a survey", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 41 Iss: 3, pp.203 - 216
Keywords:Academic libraries, Cataloguing, Electronic books, Online catalogues, United Kingdom
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00330330710774093 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the results of a 2006 survey of UK Higher Education OPACs in order to provide a snapshot of cataloguing practices for e-books.

Design/methodology/approach – The OPACs of 30 UK HE libraries were examined in July/August 2006 to determine which e-books were catalogued, and the level of cataloguing treatment e-books received. Interviews were conducted by e-mail with representatives of eight of these libraries.

Findings – A total of 28 universities surveyed provided some OPAC records for e-books; most of these were for subscription collections from suppliers such as ebrary and netLibrary. Five universities included records in their OPACs for individual e-book titles from collections such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO); four OPACs included records for free e-books. There are wide variations between institutions in terms of which e-books are selected for cataloguing.

Research limitations/implications – The survey was undertaken at a particular point in time (summer 2006) and was not exhaustive of all UK HE OPACs.

Practical implications – This research suggests that it should be made easier for users to search OPACs for e-books, and that libraries should provide more information on their websites about which e-books are catalogued.

Originality/value – This paper addresses a gap in the UK literature on cataloguing e-books.

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