'Pilot' A.K.A.
University Press Library

In the five years before it became the University Press Library, our investigative efforts was simply known amongst our participants as the ‘Pilot.’ What was the need for the ‘Pilot?’ What challenges did the ‘Pilot’ resolve? If these questions entered your mind, read ahead.



UNIVERSITY PRESS COLLECTION ACQUISITION LANDSCAPE BEFORE THE 'PILOT'


The landscape was filled with presses assigning differentiated digital rights at the title level at the time of publication and libraries wanting to purchase complete collections of university press content without digital restrictions. With these limitations in place, we had to find willing partners to collaborate and overcome these many challenges to figure out a solution:



'PILOT' PROJECT BEGINS


In 2014 De Gruyter, Princeton, Harvard and Columbia University Presses, in collaboration with LYRASIS and ten academic libraries committed to addressing these challenges. Determined to find a solution we began by agreeing upon a hybrid business model that entailed purchasing the front list content and paying for additional copies once titles are “adopted.” And with that, the ‘Pilot’ was born.

Findings


After five years, we learned:



Main takeaway


The consistent behavior of usage patterns amongst the ten library participants from 2015-2018 of complete copyright year collections (2014 - 2016), combined with the lack of significant differentiation between the usage of single-use titles and unlimited-use titles over the same period, provides evidence to the fact that the selection of rights at the title level by our university presses, as a general rule, diminishes the perceived value of an "unlimited-use" title and over-compensates for the perceived value of a "single-use only" title in a digital environment.

UNIVERSITY PRESS COLLECTION ACQUISITION LANDSCAPE AFTER THE 'PILOT'


With an evolving business model based on data from the pilot and feedback from all partners from 2014, we are pleased to have a business model for the acquisition of university press eBooks that is fair and mutually agreeable by university presses, libraries, and consortia. The ‘Pilot’s’ final model offers the complete frontlist collections selectable by university presses that is DRM free, and allows unlimited-user and perpetual access without any on-going fees.



THE 'PILOT' BECOMES THE UNIVERSITY PRESS LIBRARY


After five years of collaboration, assessment, and research, our pilot is coming to an end. In its place, we are proud to introduce the University Press Library. Joining us for 2020 are the complete DRM-free eBook collections from Princeton, Columbia, Yale, California, Stanford, Cornell, Penn, Toronto and Rutgers University Presses.




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