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NISO/BISG 7th Annual Changing Standards Landscape Forum: ALA Chicago User Practices and Needs

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  • Overall: UK, 58.76%; US, 65.9
  • Overall: UK, 58.76%; US, 65.9
  • Monographs are perhaps more widely used by scholars in e-format than is sometimes thought
  • There is a significant jump in the still rather small share of faculty members who imagine a time when it will not be necessary for libraries to stock print monographs
  • There is a significant jump in the still rather small share of faculty members who imagine a time when it will not be necessary for libraries to stock print monographs
  • There is a significant jump in the still rather small share of faculty members who imagine a time when it will not be necessary for libraries to stock print monographs
  • Clearly there are some use cases for which print monographs remain preferred. Long form engagement differs tremendously from field to field. The importance of indices, tables of contents, figures, and images, and the images and plates themselves in monographs cannot be overemphasized. For some fields, the codex may have enduring value for long-form engagement with a narrative, while in other cases there may be an opportunity or perhaps even a need to reconceive the nature of the monograph for a post-codex environment.
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    • 1. User Practices and Needs Roger C. Schonfeld @rschon | rcs@ithaka.org NISO/BISG Changing Standards Landscape: E-Books | June 28, 2013
    • 2. • Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012 • Ithaka S+R | Jisc | RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012 • Ithaka S+R’s Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians (2012) Sources for Today’s Presentation
    • 3. Importance of scholarly monographs “Scholars draw on a variety of different types of scholarly materials in their research. How important to your research is each of the following types of materials?” Percent of respondents who indicated that “monographs or edited volumes” are very important to their research. “Electronic versions of scholarly monographs play a very important role in my research and teaching.” Percent of respondents agreeing strongly with this statement.
    • 4. Importance of monographs in research “Scholars draw on a variety of different types of scholarly materials in their research. How important to your research is each of the following types of materials?” Percent indicating that “monographs or edited volumes” are very important to their research. 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Humanities Social Sciences Sciences Source: Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012
    • 5. Importance of monographs: generally and in electronic form 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Humanities Social Sciences Sciences Monographs or edited volumes Electronic versions of scholarly monographs Source: Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012
    • 6. Importance of e-books for research & teaching “Electronic versions of scholarly monographs play a very important role in my research and teaching.” 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Humanities Social Sciences Sciences US UK Sources: Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012; Ithaka S+R | Jisc | RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012
    • 7. A print to electronic transition for monographs? “You may have had the opportunity to read scholarly monographs in electronic format, either through a library subscription database or standalone e-books. How often have you used scholarly monographs in digital form in the past six months – often, occasionally, rarely, or never?”
    • 8. How often have you used scholarly monographs in digital form? (US) Source: Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012
    • 9. How often do you use scholarly monographs in digital form? 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Humanities Social Sciences Sciences US UK Sources: Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012; Ithaka S+R | Jisc | RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012 Percent responding often or occasionally (US vs. UK)
    • 10. A print to electronic transition for monographs? “Within the next five years, the use of e- books will be so prevalent among faculty and students that it will not be necessary to maintain library collections of hard-copy books.”
    • 11. A print to electronic transition for monographs? 2006 3.7% 2009 4.4% 2012 16.1% Over time (US): “Within the next five years, the use of e-books will be so prevalent among faculty and students that it will not be necessary to maintain library collections of hard-copy books.” Source: Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012
    • 12. A print to electronic transition for monographs? 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Humanities Social Sciences Sciences US UK “Within the next five years, the use of e-books will be so prevalent among faculty and students that it will not be necessary to maintain library collections of hard-copy books.” Sources: Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012; Ithaka S+R | Jisc | RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012
    • 13. Use-cases “Below is a list of ways you may use a scholarly monograph. Please think about doing each of these things with a scholarly monograph in print format or in digital format and… indicate how much easier or harder it is to perform each activity in print or digital format.” • Reading cover to cover in depth • Reading a section in depth • Comparing treatment of ideas between monographs • Skimming in whole or in part • Exploring references • Searching for a particular topic
    • 14. Reading cover to cover Reading a section Comparing monographs Skimming Exploring references Searching for a topic Monograph use cases (US) Source: Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012
    • 15. “Google is the first port of call.” Google Books is of singular importance for historians, used on its own, in conjunction with the library, and even with their own texts. “Even some pretty obscure things have landed in there ... Because if…they are public domain, … I can just download them and use them at my leisure… Being able to do keyword searches within PDFs of books is awesome… [M]ore of that please!” Source: Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians
    • 16. Thank you Reports are available publicly at: http://www.sr.ithaka.org/ Contact information: rcs@ithaka.org @rschon 212-500-2338

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