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About the Library

Ebook Policy

Collection Development Policy: Ebooks

UW-Parkside Library primarily provides access to e-books through aggregators such as ProQuest, Ebsco, and Springer. In rare cases, the library will purchase a single e-book for a class if it is requested by the instructor and matches the curriculum of the course. In those cases, the e-book must meet the following criteria.

Discoverability 

  • E-book provides simultaneous access to an unlimited number of users.
  • E-book is accessible to UW-Parkside faculty, staff, and students through on-campus and remote access. It will also be available via walk-in access to community members.
  • It is preferred that the vendor’s records are available in the Alma NZ or CZ, or MARC records can be provided in a timely manner. 
  • Vendor has an active, updated stanza within EZProxy for off-campus proxying. 

Functionality

  • E-book platform supports IP authentication including proxying or authentication via single sign-on. 
  • Content is accessible across a variety of devices and browsers (e.g. mobile-responsive).
  • Users are able to easily navigate among chapters and move between endnotes/footnotes/bibliography and main text.
  • E-book platform provides means to support assistive technologies per University accessibility policies. 
  • DRM-free e-books are strongly preferred. 

Ownership

  • E-book should be available in perpetuity and not leased.
  • E-book cost is aligned with the average print monograph cost within that discipline.
  • Provider can provide usage statistics on a regular basis.
     

Updated 5/2021

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