Welcome to the April 2021 issue of our e-books for FE newsletter. We hope you have been enjoying an Easter break in the brilliant sun and/or freezing snow and sleet, depending on where you are.
Usage of our e-books remained high again in March, with an increase of 20% over March 2020. With the exception of December, every month this academic year has seen over 100,000 user sessions, a figure which has never been reached previously. Thank you for your support of Jisc e-resources.
If you would like a demonstration of e-books, for library staff or teaching staff or both, contact your Account Manager to arrange a half-hour / 45-minute / one-hour session, whichever you feel suits your needs. If you have any related queries, e.g. how to make e-books discoverable via your Library Management System or VLE, or via reading lists, we will be happy to discuss this as well.
FE LRC Community of Practice
The CoP Leadership Team meeting via Zoom on 23 March covered a lot of ground, including the re-drafting of the aims and purposes and mission statement. The community Teams group has now been set up, and later this month we will distribute the link that will enable all FE LRC staff to join via an online registration form. This will be shared via the e-book and e-content Jiscmail lists and elsewhere, so keep your eyes out for those messages.
No identity provider? Try patron log-in!
If your college does not have an identity provider to enable authenticated access to e-books (e.g. OpenAthens or Shibboleth), or if you are transitioning between one method and a new implementation of another, and experiencing access problems, your students can still use our e-books for FE by using the patron log-in method.
This link shows the process from the student’s point of view:
And here is the admin view of LibCentral with the required actions for library staff:
As you can see from the above, it is a manual process in which library staff can assess the validity of the student access-requests, and approve them (or not), and set an expiry date on their access (if required), but it only needs to be done once per student: once the patron account is approved, they can log-in to Ebook Central to view e-books thereafter.
If you would like to know more, contact your Account Manager and ask for a chat to be arranged with Andrew Jackson.
Top 20 users in March 2021
Well done to all organisations who reached a spot in the top 20.
|2||New City College||3,935|
|4||West Nottinghamshire College||2,711|
|5||Farnborough Sixth Form College||2,482|
|6||Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College||2,478|
|7||HCUC – Harrow College & Uxbridge College||2,322|
|8||The WKCIC Group||2,059|
|9||South Thames College||2,041|
|12||Newham Sixth Form College||1,756|
|14||Grŵp Llandrillo Menai||1,677|
|15||East Kent College||1,635|
|16||The College of Richard Collyer||1,618|
|19||Truro and Penwith College||1,480|
|20||Trafford College Group||1,442|
Mergers: If your organisation has recently merged with another, ProQuest may not have the most current merger information and your merger may not be reflected in the usage data. Please check with ProQuest and request that they update your account to reflect the merger. Their e-book support contact address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Top 20 titles in March 2021
|1||CACHE Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care||10,310|
|2||CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education : Early Years Educator||8,284|
|3||BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 1||5,923|
|4||BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 1 : For the 2016 specifications||4,225|
|5||CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner||4,106|
|6||BTEC Nationals Applied Science Student Book 1||3,521|
|7||BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 2 : For the 2016 specifications||3,041|
|8||CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care||2,833|
|9||BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care: Student Book 2||2,348|
|10||Psychology: the Science of Mind and Behaviour (8th edition)||2,333|
|11||AQA A Level Biology (Year 1 and Year 2)||2,283|
|12||BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care: Student Book 1||2,278|
|13||Anatomy and Physiology (5th edition)||2,123|
|14||AQA A-Level Geography : For A-level and AS (4th edition)||2,044|
|15||BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 2 : For the 2016 specifications||1,924|
|16||AQA A-level Psychology Book 1 : For A-level Year 1 and AS||1,847|
|17||AQA A-level Sociology for A-level Year 1 and AS : Book 1||1,678|
|18||OCR Sociology for A Level||1,661|
|19||AQA A-level Sociology : Book 2||1,545|
|20||BTEC Level 3 Nationals Applied Science Student Book 2||1,370|
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