e-books for FE Newsletter

e-books for FE April 2021 newsletter

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.

Rank Organisation User sessions
1 LTE Group 4,619
2 New City College 3,935
3 Varndean College 2,784
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
10 Godalming College 2,037
11 York College 1,862
12 Newham Sixth Form College 1,756
13 Middlesbrough College 1,705
14 Grŵp Llandrillo Menai 1,677
15 East Kent College 1,635
16 The College of Richard Collyer 1,618
17 Bradford College 1,546
18 Coventry College 1,540
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:

Top 20 titles in March 2021

Rank Title User sessions
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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