SCL and the Publishers Association invite tenders on e-lending research project

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.

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