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EBL ebook Details

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Q. What is an STL?

A. Short Term Loan. We "own" our fair share of ebooks, mainly through EBSCOhost eBook Collection, which patrons can browse freely online. But the majority of our titles are available to us as STLs through the Ebook Library (EBL), that is, we don't own them outright but they are on loan to us, and each "use" by a reader incurs a fee.

Q. How does an STL work exactly?

A. Once a book reaches 4 STLs, an automatic purchase is triggered and we "own" the ebook. Purchasing means that we have 325 “uses” of the book per year. STLs can occur simultaneously (many readers at once) or sequentially (one reader, followed by another). If 10 people wanted to use a book that had never been loaned on the same day, we pay for short-term loans for the first four borrowers and then buy the book upon the fifth. But all ten people could use the book at the same time.

Q. What do STLs cost?

A. 

Q. What qualifies as an STL?

A.

Q. Do we limit the availability of any STL titles?

A.

Q. When we own an ebook outright, is online browsing unlimited?

A.

Q. How is a "download" different from an STL?

A.

Q. When we own an ebook outright, are there limits when a reader downloads a book?

A.

Q. Do we have access to an "owned" ebook forever?

A.

Q. Can we put an ebook on reserve?

A. Yes. An ebook on reserve would work just like an STL. See How does an STL work exactly? above for details. If we know a reserve copy will be well-used, we can purchase the ebook ahead of the STL process.

(Really, a Q&A with some nitty gritty details thanks to Terry Simpkins and EBL. To see more general guidelines for faculty and students, see the 2011 LIS Blog post Welcome, ebooks.)

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