One of the recommendations of the UK’s Sieghart review into e-lending in public libraries was:
A number of pilots in 2013 using established literary events should be set up to test business models and user behaviours, and provide a transparent evidence base: all major publishers and aggregators should participate in these pilots
In June 2013, the Society of Chief Librarians and the Publishers Association released a Request for Proposal to appoint a research agency to co-design (with SCL and PA) and evaluate a number of research pilots which will test the impact of e-lending.
The key research questions are:
- What is the reader journey? i.e. how do library users find and access e-books?
- What is the impact on sales?
- What is the overall impact on library services?
- How does an e-lending offer change the customers’ perception of library services?
The deadline for proposals was July 17.
UPDATE: The contract to develop the pilots was awarded to MTM London, a research and strategy consultancy.