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Paper: The Acquisition of Electronic Books in the Area of Astronomy in the UNAM
Volume: 492, LISA VII: Open Science: At the Frontiers of Librarianship
Page: 317
Authors: Juarez, B.
Abstract: The current high cost of electronic books coupled with the low budget for the astronomy libraries of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has led to the three libraries in the area of Astronomy to become part of the Group of Libraries in the area of sciences, which happened in 2011. This group was formed to support the purchasing of e-books: because of their high costs, it was impossible to acquire materials of interest for each library. As a result, a working group was formed to prepare lists of e-books to purchase in order to avoid duplication, acquire all needed titles, and combine resources. The goal was to purchase e-books from large publishing companies such as Springer and Elsevier, and also Cambridge UP, Oxford UP, World Scientific, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and others. Through these joint purchases, the three campus Astronomy libraries — University City, Ensenada, and Morelia — have benefited from the acquisition of e-books from 2010 to 2013. This paper will present the ways the working group functioned, the policies that needed to be followed with regards to the selection and acquisition of e-books, and the benefits at both the Library and Group level.
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