January 22, 2022

New White Paper from Springer: "STM eBooks: Librarian Perspectives on the First 5 Years"

Via a Springer News Release:

Springer celebrates its 50,000th eBook, available on its online platform SpringerLink.


In addition, as announced in October 2011, Springer will digitize nearly all books it has published since 1842. By adding the Springer Book Archives to SpringerLink by the end of 2012, the total number of titles will increase to well over 100,000 eBooks, including valuable historic research dating back to the 1840s.


Springer launched its eBook collection in 2006. For the fifth anniversary, the publishing house consulted leading librarians across the academic, corporate and government sectors to gain their perspective on the past, present and future of the eBook revolution. Springer collected the best practices about library implementation, business models and the paper-to-electronic transition, and included these insights in a far-reaching white paper. This paper — written for librarian, publisher and aggregator audiences — explores the shared challenges and opportunities that eBooks present to key stakeholders. The white paper is now available and can also be picked up at the Springer booth at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to Full Text of White Paper: STM eBooks: Librarian Perspectives on the First 5 Years (8 pages; PDF)

For the 5th anniversary of the launch of the Springer eBook Collection, the publisher consulted five key partners across the academic, corporate and government sectors for their thoughts about the eBook evolu- tion – past, present and future.


  • Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • David Bousfield, Affiliate Analyst Outsell, Inc.
  • Zofia E. Brinkman Dzwig, Library Products & Services Product Manager, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
  • Nola Heyns, Collection Development Manager Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, USA; member of Springer LAB
  • Helen B. Josephine, Head of the Terman Engineering Library, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
  • Makoto Nakamoto, Administrative Director of the Library Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Ay-Ling Ong, Head of Library and Information Services, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Sarah Thompson, Content Acquisition Librarian, York University
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