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E-book Advocacy Statements

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E-books should:

Conceptualization and Discovery

  • be easily identified in the library catalog  or in the search interface preferred by the researcher, with records linking effortlessly to the Duke copy
  • allow previews of significant portions of content on campus without triggering a “check out”
  • add efficiencies by including hyperlinks between content within the text (footnotes, end notes, bibliography)  and  hyperlinks to resources outside the text (author’s biography, bibliography, reviews , etc.), while being transparent about scope and criteria for hyperlinking
  • allow access to and use of metadata and full-text as data to be processed by software via an API, to enable text-mining, analytics, "culturomics," and other kinds of "non-consumptive" research across large bodies of e-texts
  • include help pages and a link to contact the Duke University Libraries

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  • accommodate personal preferences in research, teaching, and learning by  allowing reading of a desired e-book title on the device preferred by the researcher
  • allow annotating, highlighting, and bookmarking of the text and the downloading or saving of reader annotations in an open format to allow sharing of comments and notes
  • aid in the sequential reading of a logical argument by providing  orientation to the layout of the e-book
  • provide intuitive navigation to facilitate browsing within an e-book
  • allow for easy printing of substantial portions of the e-book, including a reasonably priced POD (Print on Demand) copy
  • anticipate and provide source-specific and discipline-specific formats; for example, historical sources will be reproduced as an exact copy to simulate interactions with the original object
  • be downloadable for reading off-line (portable format)

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Theory Formation

  • support the researcher’s need to compare arguments from multiple sources at the same time by allowing simultaneous use of several e-books by one user
  • support the researcher’s need to model a topic across a number of texts or textual corpora

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Documenting and Synthesizing

  • allow copying / pasting of passages into other documents with a durable URL to the original source
  • provide sophisticated searching to locate known items or related concepts enabling the synthesis of theory and evidence base
  • allow preserving the “personal copy” by facilitating export of all annotations, highlights (excerpts),  and bookmarks with durable URL to the original source

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  • create no barriers to sharing documentation by overly restrictive license terms and DRM (Digital Rights Management) software
  • support communication and knowledge transfer between members of international collaborative research teams
  • support dissemination of preliminary research outcomes to the scholarly community
  • support sharing of materials with students during teaching

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Publishing and Disseminating

  • be available to readers at the same time that equivalent print publications, if produced, are made available
  • be available for ingest in Institutional Repositories as authors’ copyrights permit

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The Duke University Libraries are committed to the following activities as e-book advocates within a research support framework.

The Libraries:


  • respect the act of reading an e-book  as a private act and give the researcher a sense of control over the library copy of the e-book  “in hand” on the researcher’s device
  • will be  transparent about collection of user data and allow researchers to opt out of all tracking
  • will incorporate results from  e-learning research to provide for needs of a diverse user audience (text books – research showing that undergrads prefer print text books to e – format and functionality influence the learning experience)
  • will provide functionalities of the “library e-book copy” that will be comparable to functionalities of the “personal e-book copy”
  • seek to acquire and license e-books so that they can be loaned (document delivery) between libraries like print books

Stewardship and Partnership

  • actively work to understand our researchers’ use of e-books and the influence of this format on learning and research
  • will continue to learn about publishing models and the impact these models have on scholarship
  • look for both immediate and long term e-book access solutions, inclusive of preservation strategies
  • engage in national and international partnerships to ensure that there is access to both retrospective and current e-books
  • partner with publishers, vendors, consortia, and others to ensure the functionalities described above are realized and that they will evolve continually to support our vision



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Last published February 1, 2013 3:09:13 PM EST