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Abstract

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech made their first major acquisition of e-books in 2008 with a purchase of new e-book collections from Springer. While the business relationship has evolved over time, it has continued forward to the present day. Currently, the library’s online holdings include most of the frontlist subject collections available from what is now Springer Nature, as well as the Springer book series and the Springer Book Archives. In all, the University Libraries make over 120,000 e-books available to patrons through the SpringerLink platform. The cumulative usage of this material represents over two million chapter downloads by the university community just since 2012.

The large number of titles available and the long-term nature of the acquisitions provide unique opportunities for in-depth analysis. The Springer Nature e-book collections also offer a variety of material types including monographs, textbooks, and reference works integrated onto the same platform. This session provides a case study of Springer Nature e-book usage at Virginia Tech and shows how working directly with a vendor partner can provide an enhanced and more multifaceted view of usage.

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10.5703/1288284316656

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Taking the Long View: A Case Study of E-Book Usage at a Comprehensive Research University

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech made their first major acquisition of e-books in 2008 with a purchase of new e-book collections from Springer. While the business relationship has evolved over time, it has continued forward to the present day. Currently, the library’s online holdings include most of the frontlist subject collections available from what is now Springer Nature, as well as the Springer book series and the Springer Book Archives. In all, the University Libraries make over 120,000 e-books available to patrons through the SpringerLink platform. The cumulative usage of this material represents over two million chapter downloads by the university community just since 2012.

The large number of titles available and the long-term nature of the acquisitions provide unique opportunities for in-depth analysis. The Springer Nature e-book collections also offer a variety of material types including monographs, textbooks, and reference works integrated onto the same platform. This session provides a case study of Springer Nature e-book usage at Virginia Tech and shows how working directly with a vendor partner can provide an enhanced and more multifaceted view of usage.