In the mid-2000s, the University Libraries began to acquire electronic books through individual and subject-specific collections as well as accessing the critical mass of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) ebook collections.
Mirroring the progression of the University Libraries' print journal collection practices into an epreferred journal collection policy, monograph acquisitions will be guided by epreferred principles stated in the aforementioned policy and supported by e-preferred procedures already established in the serials workflow.
Ebooks provide these organizational benefits:
E-preferred collection and access strategies complement the global interconnectivity theme in the New Horizon plan, particularly the E-learning and distance learning initiatives described on p.14-15.
Ebooks will reinforce the e-learning and distance learning measures through:
All monographic content acquired by the University Libraries will pass through the same set of curriculum-based selection criteria currently in practice. From July 2012 forward, this monographic content will be enhanced by the e-preferred monograph acquisitions (ebook) policy.
In the current marketplace, ebook publishers, suppliers, platforms, access methods, and functionalities differ widely. The University Libraries will collect ebooks based on the following conditions that exist at the time of selection and in the following order:
In 2012, the publishing industry estimates that about one-third of all monographic titles are available as ebooks. As more titles become available electronically and as the University Libraries move towards a more accessible e-collection, we will continue to acquire print monographs based on these exceptions:
The mission of the Collection Management Department is to build and manage a collection offering the breadth and depth of subjects, formats, and languages necessary to support diverse fields of scholarly endeavor and to advance Virginia Tech's efforts to achieve excellence as a comprehensive land-grant university.