e-books for FE Newsletter

e-books for FE September 2021 newsletter

Welcome to the September 2021 issue of our e-books for FE newsletter. A new term begins, and there are many items of news this month – read on!

Exclusive 15% discount on e-books titles until 30 September

A reminder that all colleges who subscribe to e-books for FE can take advantage of a 15% discount on e-books available from ProQuest on Ebook Central until 30 September this year.

This time-limited offer includes all Hodder titles, all Taylor & Francis titles (including imprints Routledge and CRC Press), and selected titles from Oxford University Press and Bloomsbury.

New promotional materials

The Jisc marketing department have created a range of digital assets for library services to use for e-book promotion, including posters for students and teaching staff, images for use on social media and VLEs, and book stickers for QR codes. All assets, plus a guide on how to make best use of them, are available on the e-book for FE support site:

Katie Butler of Ashford College has also written a blog post which describes the e-book promotional activities of the library service – we hope this will generate ideas and inspiration for other colleges. The post is available here:

ProQuest training sessions for LibCentral and Ebook Central

ProQuest will be delivering online training webinars and drop-in Q&A sessions from September to December, covering LibCentral and Ebook Central functionality. Registration is required, and full details of dates and times are available at:

New ProQuest online guides

ProQuest have updated their how-to guides for LibCentral, Ebook Central, and library admin tasks. Links to the new guides can be found here (please bookmark this link for future reference):

To note, the third bullet-point link goes to a page featuring the new animated guides on how to use e-books in Ebook Central:

The best guide to the online e-book reader, for library staff and teaching staff, is the one titled ‘Ebook Central Online Reader’.

At the foot of the same page there are links to webinar recordings. The one titled ‘Ebook Central: Tips & Tricks for Faculty’ (30 mins) is a good introduction to e-book functionality.

Information for e-book administration – including how to identify your Site ID, and how to download MARC records – is contained here:

Jisc e-book support site

The e-books for FE support site is being re-organised, with the aim of making useful information more readily discoverable. Please note that the main collection-information page (formerly titled ‘Subject Areas’) is now available in a different tab at the following URL:

Further updates will be made to the ‘Librarian support’ tab in the coming weeks, with links to the new how-to guides created by ProQuest.

Top 20 users in August 2021

Well done to all organisations who reached a spot in the top 20.

Rank Organisation User sessions
1 Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 397
2 Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group 315
3 Newham Sixth Form College 273
4 New College Lanarkshire 266
5 York College 209
6 Heart of Mercia 201
7 Sir George Monoux College 187
8 New City College Corporation 183
9 Godalming College 175
10 Varndean College 167
11 LTE Group 159
12 Richard Huish College 149
13 University of the Highlands and Islands 148
14 West College Scotland 145
15 The Prospect Trust 139
16 Fife College 128
17 Luton Sixth Form College 124
18 Havant and South Downs College 124
19 The WKCIC Group 115
20 Grŵp Llandrillo Menai 115

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 August 2021

Rank Title User sessions
1 CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 335
2 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 2: For the 2016 Specifications 300
3 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 1: For the 2016 Specifications 241
4 AQA A-Level Business 238
5 CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education: Early Years Educator 233
6 BTEC Nationals Applied Science Student Book 1 231
7 OCR AS/A Level Law Book 1 224
8 Care in Practice Higher (4th edition) 224
9 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 1 217
10 CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator: for the Work-Based Learner 190
11 BTEC Level 3 Nationals Applied Science Student Book 2 190
12 CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 156
13 Political Ideas for A Level: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Feminism, Anarchism 155
14 The American Revolution and the Birth of the USA 1740-1801 153
15 Pearson Edexcel A Level Politics 147
16 OCR Sociology for A Level 129
17 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 2: For the 2016 specifications 127
18 Child Development: An Illustrated Guide 114
19 OCR Sociology for A Level Book 2 105
20 AQA A-level Psychology Book 1: For A-level Year 1 and AS 105

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