Challenges in managing e-books collections in UK academic libraries

Raymond Lonsdale, Chris Armstrong

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This paper reports on research into issues surrounding the collection management of e-books in tertiary education libraries in the UK. Focus groups were conducted with university librarians representing three disciplines—business and management; engineering; and health and medicine, and librarians in post-16 education. Semistructured interview schedules were employed, and the proceedings were recorded and transcribed. The research identified the types and levels of e-books required. The nature of bibliographical control and the selection, acquisition, modes of access, and issues surrounding the licensing of e-books were delineated. The study identified problems associated with these fields and confirmed the need for a national model licence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-50
Number of pages18
JournalLibrary Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • Licensing
  • Collection management
  • Tertiary education
  • Electronic books
  • Bibliographic control


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