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      • e-books - essentials or extras:
      • The University of Auckland Library experience
      • Ksenija Obradovic
      • LIANZA Conference 2004
    • Overview
      • experience of the University of Auckland Library in implementing e-books into the learning environment
      • perception of e-books by staff and students
    • Definition of e-book
      • “ e-book” - monographic piece of text made available electronically, regardless of size and composition
      • no difference between digitized vs. born digital; parallel published vs. born-digital; linear text vs. hypertext; straight text vs. value added text
    • Access
      • Data Bases
      • LEARN Course pages
      • Voyager Library catalogue
    • e-books holdings added per year
      • 2004 5158
      • 2003 76799
      • 2002 4404
      • 2001 5258
      • 2000 29
      • 1999 3
      • 1998 279
      • Total e-book holdings: 91930
      • This data for this report was created 8/31/2004
    • Sources of bibliographic records
      • buy records from vendors
      • add 856 to existing hard copy record
      • create record for e-book
    • Access from Voyager
      • purchased e-books (e.g. netLibrary, ebrary, Oxford Reference Online )
      • free fulltext electronic versions of monographs
      • electronic information supplementary to the printed book
    • Links are not added to:
      • any e-versions which are available free for a limited period only
      • pages which have links t o Word or zipped files
      • Tables of Contents , Publishers' web sites , Overviews of the book (but not deleted any from imported records)
    • Some issues related to managing e-books
      • no bibliographical control
      • vendor does not inform us when e-books are no longer available
      • receipt of e-books and bibliographical records does not necessarily coincide
    • netLibrary and ebrary
      • total of 6,794 netLibrary titles and 11,915 ebrary titles
      • two different models
    • netLibrary user sessions
    • ebrary user sessions
    • netLibrary user sessions by topic for July
      • Business & Economics 938
      • Computers 697
      • Social Sciences 77
      • Education 33
      • Medicine 31
      • Language & linguistics 30
      • Literature 28
      • Arts 25
      • Political Science 22
    • ebrary usage by topic for July
      • User Sessions Pages viewed 
      • Computers 428 7840
      • Business & Economics 376 4938
      • History 114 1272
      • Science 109 787
      • Medical 96 1144
      • Social Science 79 900
      • Language arts 62 716
      • Literary criticism 49 282
    • Targeted groups
      • Library staff
      • Students enrolled in the e-book course
      • Students based in the North Shore campus
    • Methods of accessing
      • Staff – mostly use Voyager
      • North Shore based students prefer LEARN course pages
      • E-book course group are divided: the North Shore based respondents prefer LEARN course pages, while the others show preference to Voyager catalogue
    • Print vs. electronic
      • all three groups prefer print to electronic version
      • ratios of preference vary: two thirds of staff and e-book course students prefer print version; however among North Shore students, print version is preferred by a small margin
      • In all three groups some participants indicated that they do not have a preference, and the choice would depend on the situation
    • Reasons to choose print:
      • Easier to read
      • More familiar
      • No time limit
      • Can mark important lines
      • Can read on the bus
      • Too long to download big bits of books
      • E-books too slow
      • Easier to look through
      • Getting out of the house
    • Reasons to choose electronic:
      • Availability
      • A few people can access it at the same time
      • I don’t have to carry the books around
    • Importance of the e-book features
      • Access anytime, anywhere is regarded as very important by majority of course students, and by almost all staff
      • Access to key reference materials and definitions as one reads the e-book is valued more by library staff than by course and North Shore students
      • All three groups assume that elements such as animation or video are of little importance. However, students find them more useful than library staff
    • Importance of the e-book features, 2
      • Ability to print content is regarded as very important by majority of students and staff
      • All three groups are polarised in their preference for electronic version resembling printed – some really like it, some do not care at all
      • Almost all library staff rate access to searchable content as very important. Some students agree, but not all.
    • Copyright restrictions
      • all staff aware
      • about one third of students not aware
    • Frequency of use
      • Staff - more often than the other two groups
      • North Shore based students and Course students - usually once a month or less than that. Only a few respondents said that they use e-books more than once a week
      • However, asked if they would like more e-books in their subject areas, majority of all three groups answered yes
    • Other comments:
      • e-books are great for quick facts but a real pain to read page after page
      • e-books are incredibly useful for titles that are in high-usage
      • e-books enable searching across the whole collection, not just one book
    • Other comments, 2:
      • e-books instead of Short Loan copies
      • e-books give students a good start if recommended text not available
      • A few students commented that thanks to the questionnaire their awarenes of e-books had been raised
    • The general impression
      • printed and e-book have their place in academic libraries
      • in many instances print is desirable format - users often browse e-book to see if it is useful, and then get printed copy for a more substantial reading
      • e-books provide another level of library service
    • Future
      • use of e-books relies on Subject Librarians incorporating them into their collections
      • also relies on publishers providing more recommended texts and further exploring the possibilities that electronic text could offer to libraries