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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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