Webinar: Equity and Access in the Age of COVID-19

On October 1st, we sponsored an ACRL-Choice Webinar titled “Equity and Access in the Age of COVID-19: How Academic Libraries Can Build a Better Digital Content Strategy” featuring Valerie Nye from Santa Fe Community College, James Wiley from Eduventures, Lindsay McKenzie from Inside Higher Ed, and our CEO, Dave Sherwood. The webinar started with a discussion of how the Santa Fe CC library responded to COVID-19 and then moved into a panel discussion on the role of libraries in shaping the future of digital content.

Webinar Recording

Feel free to share this recording internally. We are interested in getting feedback about UAA and confirming that the successes seen at Santa Fe Community College would be relevant to your library as well.

Any Questions?

We would love to know how we can help universities and librarians provide equity of access to all students.

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Executive Summary: User Activated Acquisition & Digital Reserves Solution

BibliU is the only eTextbook provider offering a digital reserves solution to help libraries ensure their students can still access textbook reserves in a remote learning environment. We do this through our User Activated Acquisition purchasing model, which allows libraries to buy eTextbooks and monographs in a more sustainable way than ever before. It is a model where you can provide access to hundreds of core textbooks and thousands of monographs whilst only paying for what actually gets used.

In addition to digital reserve solutions, we are also offering an Open Educational Resources pack from OpenStax and Project Gutenberg, with free use of our platform. You can find more details about this offer here.

Webinar Q&A

We had over 450 attendees on the webinar, who asked over 70 questions. For your convenience, we have gone through all of those, removed duplicates, combined similar ones, and provided answers to each, as well as a few other FAQs that have come up in our discussions with librarians.

We will update this page with answers as more questions come in!

How is Bibliu different/similar to platforms like Vitalsource and Perlego?

Both Vitalsource and Perlego provide textbooks as well: Vitalsource is more B2B and Perlego is more B2C.

The primary differences are that (1) we also provide monographs which they do not, (2) we offer a flexibility in content acquisition in terms of UAA, TbT, Multi-publisher EBA, (3) We have pioneered a platform that takes into consideration library system workflows automations and integrations

For your purchasing models, are there minimum initial deposits?

For UAA, there is not minimum deposit, but there is a "practical" minimum in terms of the amount of access that you can provide over the course of the year, so we tend to develop a bespoke plan to match your needs for textbooks and monographs with multiple pricing options.

What is the difference between User Activated Acquisition (UAA) and Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA)?

They are both demand-driven systems. The reason it's called the UAA model is to emphasise that it also includes access to textbooks under a seat credit model, as opposed to the more traditional one concurrent user or monograph models, meaning that you can integrate e-texts into the demand-driven UAA model and have the deposit drawn down as each student accesses the textbook, and that is the point of difference.

Do publishers offer up all of their ebook collection to a BibliU Multi-Publisher EBA?

No, textbooks aren't offered under EBAs, though if any publishers do engage in such a model in the future, it would be followed by some interesting innovations. In terms of monographs, publishers are generally are generally open to providing their entire collections through the MP EBA model, with options for adjusting pricing according to your requirements

Which reading list providers have you worked with to create APIs?

In the case of one of our existing customers, for example, BibliU took their Talis list and identified all of the titles that they didn't already have digitally within the 3 publishers that they wanted to target, all using an API integration to automate these workflows. BibliU is currently working with Talis and our customer, and are looking to partner with other reading-list providers such as Leganto.

BibliU would need a library partner that uses that reading list for the API integration, i.e., for such an API integration, 3 parties are involved: (1) BibliU, (2) the university in question, and (3) the third party company. So, do get in touch if you are interested in this automation process.

Are your ebooks DRM free or do they have download restrictions?

Our eBooks are not DRM free, for anti-privacy reasons. Students are able to download eBooks to their devices and access these via the BibliU app, whether online or offline, with full functionality preserved.

There are limited download restrictions, such as the requirement for a student to use BibliU online once every 30 days to ensure that they still have access to their content (i.e. are still enrolled at their institution).

How does it integrate with ALMA/PRIMO?

We integrate with the vast majority of learning management and library management systems, including ALMA and PRIMO. With around 140 current institutional customers, we are experienced with implementing BibliU on a variety of LMS.

Feel free to reach out, and we can discuss whether BibliU can integrate with your current systems.

When does a monograph become an eTextbook - who decides this?

The difference between a monograph and a textbook is a licensing one. Monographs can be purchased on perpetual concurrent basis where the library owns the license. Textbooks licenses, although purchased through the library, are owned by individual students. Concurrency is not available with textbooks.

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