Testing the impact of e-lending

Society of Chief Librarians and the Publishers Association Invitation To Tender

“Testing the impact of e-lending both on-site and remotely upon the Public Library and Publishing sectors”.

This is an invitation to UK local authorities
The closing date for tenders to be submitted is the 1st November 2013
Here is some detail from the ITT document: (for full detail click on the link at the top of this post to go to the SCL website)

“Criteria for the pilots
Libraries and publishers have been working closely together to design pilots which control as many factors as possible, whilst varying four elements. It was agreed by the SCL and the Publishers Association that we should identify:

  • A local authority representing a largely rural population who will loan ebooks for 7 days
  • A local authority representing a largely rural population who will loan ebooks for 21 days
  • A local authority representing a largely urban population who will loan ebooks for 7 days
  • A local authority representing a largely urban population who will loan ebooks for 21 days

Each of these pilots will be asked to purchase a pre-agreed list of approximately 1,000 titles. This list will include a combination of front and back list titles from the major publishing houses, works from some of the most prominent authors in the UK and new titles as they are published. In turn, we will ask the local authorities (and their suppliers) to:

  • Meet the standard terms of business of each publisher
  • Meet standard accessibility requirements
  • Comply with industry-standard DRM and work with a secure and robust system
  • Provide a ‘click to buy’ button for all books included in the service
  • Be operational by 1 February 2014 (contractual agreements permitting)
  • Commit to allocating the budget and purchasing the pilot titles
  • Providing the pilot consistently throughout the year

Local authorities and their suppliers will also be asked to provide a report six months into the pilot and within a week of its conclusion detailing:
Physical habits

  • Change in number of members of the library service (and each individual library in the service)
  • Change in footfall to those libraries
  • Change in socio-economic profile of members
  • Change in lending and profile of the lending E-lending habits
  • Number of registrations
  • Number of logins per user, average and range
  • Number of books borrowed per user, average and range
  • Web analytics eg. consumer journey / entry and exit pages

None of this will have any affect on any existing e-lending service or contractual agreements that a local authority may already have in place.

Project Timetable
The indicative timetable for the project is:

  • Deadline for submissions: 1 November 2013
  • Short-listing of pilot authorities : 4 November 2013
  • Negotiation with short-listed authorities and interviews where necessary:
  • week beginning 11 November
  • Announcement of participating library authorities18 November 2013
  • Chosen suppliers / aggregators to enter into commercial agreements with publishers November / December 2013
  • Publishers to confirm list of titles following agent / author agreement:November / December 2013″
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