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Technology Fee Funded Projects

Springer Collection

Priority #2

Project Description

Funded

Springer is a major publisher of academic and professional books and series. The e books are suitable for research, study, and course projects, and can be assigned as textbooks. With the purchase of this Collection, UCF will gain perpetual rights and online access to Springer books published between 2005 and 2009 comprised of over 16,000 volumes. All UCF affiliated users will have access from 1997 to 2009 to all of Springer's major book series, including the well known Lecture Notes Series.

The agreement between UCF and Springer will allow for any fair use of the content for educational purposes, including embedding the content in Webcourses. Access would be available to all UCF students and employees, with off campus access enabled by EZproxy.

Student Access to Project Resources

Total number of students served by the project:

Because UCF will own the content, the Collection will benefit not only the current 53,537 students and 1,950 faculty members , but will meet the instructional and research needs of the UCF community into the future.

Percentage of target student population to be served by the project.

One hundred percent of UCF students and faculty will have access to and will be served by the purchase of the Complete Springer eBook Collection.

The table below shows the Subject Collections included in the purchase, the number of titles in each Collection, and the Undergraduate and Graduate enrollment in selected UCF programs.

Springer eBook Subject Collection Number of Titles Selected UCF Colleges and Program Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
All Upper Division All
Architecture & Design 30 Art 618 196 20
Behavioral Science 40 Exceptional Ed; Psychology 3,727 1,286 562
Biomedical & Life Science 340 Biology; Biomedicine 1,308 346 146
Business & Economics 215 College of Business 12,920 3,994 1,081
Chemistry & Materials Science 185 Chemistry, Materials Engineering 164 31 155
Computer Science 780 Computer Science; Digital Media 1,904 474 393
Earth & Environmental Science 175 Environmental Engineering 144 29 34
Engineering 445 College of Engineering & Computer Science 3,052 730 618
Humanities, Social Science, & Law 260 College of Arts & Humanities; Public Affairs; Law 13,666 4,452 3,864
Mathematics and Statistics 365 Mathematics, Statistics 184 52 116
Medicine 325 College of Medicine, Nursing 5,822 1,403 834
Physics & Astronomy 250 Physics, Optics 99 18 188

Springer e-books are online and the content will be available to all UCF students, faculty and staff anywhere, anytime. Students will be able to discover Springer e-books in the catalog, on the library Web site, and even in Google Scholar. Springer e-books are in PDF format and students may print, e-mail, and download entire chapters and books to read off-line on a cell phone, e-book reader (such as Kindle), laptop, or any computer.

The Complete Springer eBook Collection benefits faculty by providing both literature for faculty research and relevant material for course assignments.

Benefit to Student Learning

Springer is recognized as a leading academic publisher, producing scholarly books and book series relevant and appropriate to university student course work and faculty research. The content will directly support student learning by providing material for course papers, projects, and study. Sample titles , from the Collection hint at the breadth and depth of the content that will become available to UCF.

  • A Century of Ideas
  • A Course in Calculus and Real Analysis
  • A Pocket Guide to Epidemiology
  • A Primer on Environmental Decision-Making
  • A Theory of Marketing
  • Advances in GIScience
  • Alien Reptiles and Amphibians
  • An Introduction to Number Theory
  • Axiom of Choice
  • Basic Coastal Engineering
  • Brain Control of Wakefulness and Sleep
  • Coherent Semiconductor Optics
  • Combat Sports Medicine
  • Coping with Water Scarcity
  • Criminal Dilemmas
  • Criminalising Harmful Conduct
  • Cultural Competence in Health Care
  • Data-Driven 3D Facial Animation
  • Economics of Identity Theft
  • Forensic Computing
  • Foundations of Computer Security
  • Fundamental Astronomy
  • Fundamental Trends in City Development
  • Future Interaction Design
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Greening the Supply Chain
  • Greening the Supply Chain
  • Ingredients in Meat Products
  • International Handbook of Educational Policy
  • Introduction to Stochastic Calculus for Finance
  • iPhone Games Projects
  • Life as Its Own Designer
  • Misbehaving Proteins
  • Modern Actuarial Risk Theory
  • Mortality and Maldevelopment
  • Moving Wearable Technology into the Mainstream
  • New Technologies for Archaeology
  • Offshore Wind Energy
  • Parallel Robots
  • Public Debt and Economic Growth
  • Race, Rights, and Justice
  • Speech Acoustics and Phonetics
  • Stepping into Virtual Reality
  • Textbook of Healthcare Ethics
  • The Buzz about Bees
  • The Passionate Society
  • The Politics of Adoption
  • The Sociology of Community Connections
  • Speaking in Two Languages
  • Using SPSS for Windows
  • Web Development with Java

Many of the titles are suitable as textbooks (examples above are marked with a square). It is feasible for faculty to replace or supplement their main textbooks with Springer e-books. The chapters can be embedded in online courses and there is no limit on the number of people who can open Springer e-books at once. Students that are content to use the e-books would have no need to buy a copy of the text. Students that prefer print may order a rapid-print copy of any of the titles which will be bound and shipped to their address for $25.

The UCF Libraries is committed to work directly with faculty and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to publicize this Collection and its potential use as textbooks and for course readings. The Libraries will offer informational materials to distribute during various events, such as the Faculty Development Conferences, and will feature information about the Collection in newsletters and exhibits. And librarians will instruct students about Springer e-books during Information Literacy sessions.

Project Success Metrics and Assessment Plan

The Libraries will measure the success of the Complete Springer eBook Collection through usage data, surveys, and link analysis. Springer will deliver semi-annual usage reports that track which titles were used and how many chapters were downloaded. In addition, Springer will create charts to reveal trends in usage patterns by discipline.

A short trial of this Collection demonstrated that the e-books would be widely used by UCF students. UCF was granted full access to the Complete Springer eBook Collection from February to May 2009. During those four months when there was little promotion of the Collection, UCF students and faculty used 1,734 titles and downloaded 4,417 book chapters. Usage will be even higher for this Collection once it is purchased and entered into the UCF Libraries’ catalog which would provide author, title and subject discovery of the titles. Usage is expected grow yearly for the first three years the Collection is available, with the following success metrics:

Year Target Unique Titles Used Target Chapter Downloads
1st 2,000 10,000
2nd 4,000 20,000
3rd 5,000 35,000

The Libraries will survey and interview faculty about their use of this Collection and determine how many e-books and chapters are assigned as course readings, as well as the faculty’s satisfaction with the content. The UCF Libraries will gather statistics regarding the use of Springer e-books in Webcourses from Course Development & Web Services.

LibQUAL+® and other surveys will be used to assess student satisfaction. For both faculty and students, satisfaction with the Collection content and interface should start high and remain high, and 70% or more of e-book Collection users should report that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the content and system.

Project Sustainability

In terms of Technology Fee funding, the project’s life is one year. The requested funds will cover the entire cost of the Complete Springer eBook Collection 2005-2009. The UCF Libraries will also begin an annual purchase of new content beginning with access to Springer eBooks published in 2010 with the funds coming from a reallocation of the existing library materials budget. The annual fee for current content beginning with 2010 will be approximately $150,299 with a cap of no more than a 5% increase per year. There are no fees for maintaining access to the Collection and UCF will own the content. Once the Collection is purchased, UCF Libraries will catalog the e-books, and maintain access and links with existing staffing.

Space Administration

No space is needed for the project. The Springer eBooks are all online.

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