CELPh's Cooperative eBook Development Project: Implications for Future Directions


  • Sharon Maria Esposo-Betan University of the Philippines - College of Engineering Libraries
  • Ana Maria B. Fresnido DLSU


cooperative collection development, shared subscription, shared access, eBooks, cost-per-use


The Consortium of Engineering Libraries-Philippines, established in 2014, primarily aims to provide better access to online resources through shared subscriptions/acquisitions. As such, it has initiated a collaborative e-book development project among its member libraries in 2016. In the last three years, it has jointly acquired a total of 1417 e-book titles, which were bought in 3 tranches. The decision whether to continue or end the project will depend largely on its success. To measure success, this study looked into the utilization rate, the cost-efficiency of the acquired e-books, and the members’ insights with regard the project’s strengths and weaknesses. Descriptive quantitative method was employed through the analysis of usage data gathered from publisher and the conduct of interviews among selected head librarians of member libraries. The cost-per-use was determined to ascertain cost efficiency. Utilization rate, on the other hand, was ascertained using Applegate’s formula, particularly the percentage of items used/accessed, the circulation ratio of all titles, and the circulation ratio of downloaded titles.


Author Biographies

Sharon Maria Esposo-Betan, University of the Philippines - College of Engineering Libraries

Sharon Maria Esposo-Betan is the Head Librarian of the University of the Philippines College of Engineering Libraries. In UP Diliman Libraries, she is the Chairperson of the Collection Development Policy Committee. She is the immediate past President of the Consortium of Engineering Libraries in the Philippines (CELPh) where she also served as Chair of the Collection Development Committee. Her research initiatives are presented in national and international conferences and are published as conference proceedings or journal article. Her involvements in professional organizations in the university and in the country in the field of librarianship and information service ushered her to teaching in the UP School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) as a Senior Lecturer. She handles graduate courses on information science, collection development, and library management.

Ana Maria B. Fresnido, DLSU

Ana Maria B. Fresnido currently serves as a Librarian at the De La Salle University Libraries, where she was also Director from 2006 to 2017. She has presented numerous papers in conferences here and abroad and has published papers in local and international journals. She is an active member of professional organizations like the Philippine Librarians Association (PLAI) and the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Libraries (PAARL). Likewise, she actively serves as a member of the Commission on Higher Education-Region Quality Assessment Team (CHED-RQAT).