e-books for FE December 2021 newsletter

Welcome to the December 2021 issue of our e-books for FE newsletter. We’ve made it to the end of another challenging year! E-book usage remained high in November, with a total of 159,481 user sessions across the subscribing colleges – the second-highest ever recorded (the highest remains last November, with 164,646). Thank you for all the work you do in promoting them.

Pearson e-book price increase

A statement from ProQuest was recently circulated to the e-book JiscMail list regarding the imminent price increase of Pearson e-books for sale on the LibCentral platform: increases of up to 500%. This will not affect any Jisc e-book titles, however, and unlimited concurrent access will remain as normal.

FE Library Community of Practice

The first drop-in session of the FE Library LRC Community of Practice was held on Wednesday 24 November, on the topic of ‘Digital Strategy’, with 60 attendees. Two presentations were given, by Loreto College and City of Bristol College, which gave valuable insights into how those organisations have been developing their digital strategy over the past 18 months. Huge thanks to the presenters and attendees.

Notes from the meeting are available on the community Teams site: General channel > Files [top of page] > Resources from drop in sessions [folder] > Digital Strategy 24 Nov 2021 [folder] > FE Library LRC Community of Practice notes from 24.11.21 [.doc file]

If you haven’t already joined this Teams-based community, you can do so by filling in your details here:

request to join the LRC Library community of practice Teams site

ProQuest drop-in session for LibCentral

There is still a final drop-in session to come before the end of the year, for any questions you might have about LibCentral, e.g. purchasing titles from ProQuest, running reports, managing e-book loan settings, etc. The date and time is as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 7 – 11:00 am to noon

To join, click on the event date link on this page: https://proquest.libguides.com/JISCFE/training

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

If you have any feedback on the previous training sessions, or would like to see sessions covering different topics, please email content.feandskills@jisc.ac.uk

Top 20 users in November 2021

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

Rank Organisation User sessions
1 New City College Corporation 7467
2 LTE Group 3834
3 Heart of Mercia 3463
4 Varndean College 3425
5 South Thames Colleges Group 3425
6 Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 3340
7 The Prospect Trust 3273
8 West Herts College 2808
9 West Nottinghamshire College 2712
10 The WKCIC Group 2677
11 The Trafford College Group 2295
12 Havant and South Downs College 1950
13 Coventry College 1933
14 EKC Group 1908
15 The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham 1814
16 South Eastern Regional College 1791
17 Shrewsbury Colleges Group 1761
18 HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College) 1748
19 South and City College Birmingham 1707
20 Cardiff and Vale College 1595

 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: ebooksupport@proquest.com

Top 20 titles in November 2021

Rank Title User sessions
1 CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 13034
2 CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education : Early Years Educator 8329
3 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 1 : For the 2016 Specifications 6955
4 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 1 6340
5 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 2 : For the 2016 Specifications 4946
6 AQA A-Level Business 4762
7 BTEC Nationals Applied Science Student Book 1 3645
8 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 2 : For the 2016 specifications 3533
9 CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 3393
10 BTEC National Construction Student Book : For the 2017 Specifications 3323
11 AQA A Level Biology (Year 1 and Year 2) 3281
12 CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 2861
13 BTEC Nationals Information Technology Student Book 2277
14 AQA A-Level Geography : For A-level and AS (4th edition) 2113
15 BTEC Level 3 Nationals Applied Science Student Book 2 1936
16 BTEC Nationals Sport and Exercise Science Student Book 1888
17 BTEC National Computing Student Book 1770
18 OCR Psychology for A Level Book 1 1724
19 Psychology: the Science of Mind and Behaviour (8th edition) 1707
20 AQA A-level Psychology Book 1 : For A-level Year 1 and AS 1612

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