e-books for FE Newsletter

e-books for FE October 2021 newsletter

Welcome to the October 2021 issue of our e-books for FE newsletter. Usage of Jisc e-books continues to rise, now that the new term has begun: there was an increase of 19% compared to September 2020. We hope that our new promotional materials are helping library services to spread the word among students and teaching staff (link below).

Thank you to all those colleges who took advantage of ProQuest’s 15% discount offer on e-book purchases between July and September – the success of the promotion increases the chance that something similar will be offered again later in the academic year. We will continue to discuss these opportunities and other alternatives with ProQuest, and keep you informed.

New promotional materials: Welsh language

The Jisc marketing department have added Welsh language versions of the e-books promotional materials, available on the support site:

ProQuest training sessions for LibCentral and Ebook Central

Webinar recordings of the ProQuest training sessions for LibCentral (60 mins) and Ebook Central (45 mins) are now available at the bottom of this page:

Coming up, ProQuest are hosting drop-in sessions for any questions you might have about LibCentral, on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:00 am

FE LRC/library community of practice

A reminder that you can join the FE LRC and library community of practice – a Teams community for FE library staff across the UK to share ideas, provide support, and organise online events – by filling in your details at the following link: LRC CoP registration

Your account will take 24 hours to activate, so please wait a day before accessing the Teams site.

The aims and purposes of the community are:

  • To help and support members in improving services, developing and sharing their practice, adapting to change, and finding solutions to common problems.
  • To consider how digital resources and digital strategy can support service objectives, and the culture, skills and support processes needed for effective implementation of those solutions.
  • To encourage collaboration and seek common approaches that support members to improve learner experiences and outcomes.

If you have any questions about the community, or need support with the registration process, please email

Top 20 users in September 2021

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

Rank Organisation User sessions
1 New City College Corporation 4547
2 Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 3876
3 Heart of Mercia 3788
4 Havant and South Downs College 3700
5 Richard Huish College 3020
6 The Prospect Trust 2718
7 South Thames Colleges Group 2554
8 Varndean College 2336
9 The WKCIC Group 1985
10 Newham Sixth Form College 1899
11 The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham 1813
12 Sir George Monoux College 1603
13 The Trafford College Group 1598
14 Northern Regional College 1594
15 South and City College Birmingham 1528
16 Godalming College 1513
17 EKC Group 1388
18 Middlesbrough College 1367
19 Grŵp Llandrillo Menai 1361
20 Exeter College 1286

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 September 2021

Rank Title User sessions
1 CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 6058
2 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 1 : For the 2016 Specifications 5530
3 AQA A-level Business 5165
4 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 1 5040
5 CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education : Early Years Educator 5023
6 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 2 : For the 2016 Specifications 3805
7 BTEC Nationals Applied Science Student Book 1 3637
8 AQA A-level Biology (Year 1 and Year 2) 3195
9 Pearson Edexcel A-level Business 2898
10 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 2 : For the 2016 specifications 2707
11 BTEC National Construction Student Book : For the 2017 Specifications 2438
12 CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 2426
13 BTEC Level 3 Nationals Applied Science Student Book 2 2103
14 CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 1731
15 AQA A-level Geography : For A-level and AS (4th ed) 1731
16 BTEC National Computing Student Book 1460
17 AQA A-level Psychology Book 1 : For A-level Year 1 and AS 1429
18 Child Development : An Illustrated Guide 1426
19 OCR A Level Biology Student Book 1 1375
20 BTEC Nationals Information Technology Student Book 1375

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