Choice publishes white paper exploring the changes ebooks have brought to collection development in academic libraries

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/17/2020


Deb Villavicencio-Eschinger

Marketing Manager


MIDDLETOWN, CT -  Choice has announced the publication of the seventh in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. The paper, “Ebook Collection Development in Academic Libraries: Examining Preference, Management and Purchasing Patterns,” aims to provide libraries with practical information and ideas for refining their strategies and adjusting expectations when integrating ebooks into their acquisitions workflow.

Researched and written by John Novak, University of Maryland-College Park; L.Angie Ohler, University of Arkansas; and Annette Day, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the researchers surveyed academic librarians and interviewed academic library collection development practitioners in the United States and Canada. The goal of the study was to provide empirical context around the factors that are having the most influence on the way academic libraries acquire and integrate ebooks into their collection.

Commenting on the publication of the latest white paper, Choice Editorial Director Bill Mickey noted, “Ebooks have long been an important resource format in academic libraries. Even so, they require different collection development workflows, oversight, and budget considerations when compared to their print counterparts. With this report, Choice is pleased to provide greater insight into how academic libraries are purchasing and managing their ebook collections.” 

Funding for this research was provided by a generous contribution from OverDrive Professional. “Ebook Collection Development in Academic Libraries: Examining Preference, Management and Purchasing Patterns" has been published under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and is available on the Choice 360 website


About Choice
As a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Librarians, Choice supports the work and professional development of academic librarians by providing tools and services that help them become more effective advocates for their patrons. Through its over fifty-year history, it has established itself as an authoritative source for the evaluation of scholarly resources and as the publisher of trusted research in areas of interest to a changing academic library community.  Today, Choice works to bring librarians, scholars, publishers, and the reading public together, facilitating a shared concern for the discovery, management, and preservation of scholarly information. Please visit Choice at for more information.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We strive to create “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 50,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries. Our popular reading apps provide best-in-class user experience and tools for staff management: the Libby app for libraries is one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. OverDrive was acquired by funds affiliated with global investment firm KKR in 2020.