Rick Anderson provides a very useful and interesting analysis of the use of books from university presses. His conclusions from mining the data from Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah:
1. general circulation data illustrates a well-established and ongoing trend in large research libraries: the declining circulation of printed books
2. university press titles represent about 9% of total printed books in the library collection
3. university press titles account for about 17.5% of book circulations annually (see Table 2). This is interesting: although UP titles represent quite a small minority of items in the print collection, they punch well above their weight in terms of usage
4. of university press titles that circulate at least once, the percentage that circulates more than once is falling (see Table 2). This is also an interesting and potentially troubling finding: this metric has seen a drop of 8.4% over the three years studied.
Essential reading – http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2014/07/28/how-important-are-university-press-books-to-the-library-one-case-study/
“Library-led Publishing with bepress Digital Commons: Data and Benchmarks Report.” This report presents detailed data on almost 700 journals hosted by over 180 institutions using Digital Commons, including publishing rates, readership statistics, and associated scholarly disciplines. This data can be used to derive target activity levels for new journals, create benchmarks for demonstrating success to stakeholders, and identify disciplines that may be well suited for library partnerships.
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Thanks to John Emerson for drawing our attention to this development – as the statement says:
BiblioBoard will host the innovative new textbook being created jointly by Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Library. This project, funded by Jisc, seeks to address the question: can a university working as an e-textbook creator and publisher better serve students and promote a more sustainable information environment in higher education?
The e-textbook Using Primary Sources: A Guide for Students is expected to launch on BiblioBoard in September 2015. The book will be produced under the General Editorship of Jonathan Hogg and used across the university’s School of History.
Very interesting question and fascinating development.