Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA) of Books on Project MUSE provides libraries with an option to open up discovery and access for significant numbers of high quality scholarly books, allowing faculty and students to find and make use of the most relevant content for their research and teaching. The user experience is as if the institution already owns the book, with unlimited simultaneous usage, downloading and printing of DRM-free PDF chapters. The library can track which books are receiving the most use through standardized usage reports, and select for permanent acquisition those titles best suited for its collections. The access available via an EBA program also allows library subject selectors to more thoroughly review book selections recommended by faculty or approval profiles before making purchase decisions.
EBA programs may be tailored to meet specific library monograph collection development needs and budgets, through limiting the access pool by subject, publication year, publisher, or price. Some libraries may wish to supplement their purchases of MUSE Book Collections in core subject areas with an EBA program to identify desirable books outside of the core collection scope.
Content Available: For the duration of the EBA period, all books made available for single title sale by the publisher may also be included in an Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA) program. Publishers opt their titles in for single title sales on MUSE and may change this option at any time; between 60% and 70% of all books on the MUSE platform are available for single title sale.
EBA Program Outline:
- Project MUSE and Customer agree on EBA program parameters (Library budget commitment, Length of pilot, Content filters)
- EBA agreement is signed and MUSE bills customer for entirety of budget commitment
- Access to content is enabled, and customer is provided with link to management page which includes MARC records download, usage statistics, and title purchasing tools
- Usage statistics (COUNTER-based) provided on monthly basis for customer review and evaluation
- Purchasing tool allows for title selection and billing at any time throughout program period; selected titles billed against funds deposited at beginning of program; price for each title is set by the publisher
- Access disabled at end of program period for all content not purchased and billed; library has 30 days past end of program to make selections to spend out entirety of budget
- Programs may be renewed, with an additional budget commitment, and adjustments to content set as desired
EBA programs may be started any time throughout the year.
Free sample book content
is always available.
Trial access to book collections is not available.
LYRASIS has negotiated a central license with the best possible terms. Participating institutions placing new orders will be asked to agree to abide by the terms at that time.