e-books - how can we show they're worth it?

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Two characteristics of e-books – availability and flexibility – make them appealing in the academic environment. Access anytime, anywhere, and full text searching are functionalities highly valued by students and staff.

E-book collections in academic libraries are growing. Libraries are investing huge proportions of their budgets in e-books, but how do we know that e-books are worth it? Can we prove that libraries are getting value for their money? This presentation will look into statistics of usage and demonstrate what they can deliver. It will discuss different measures available to evaluate e-book usage. It will also look into what improvements can be done to better measure and evaluate the investment in e-books.

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e-books - how can we show they're worth it?

  1. 1. E-books – how can we show they’re worth it? <br />Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic<br />The University of Auckland<br />CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia<br />Sydney, 3-6 April 2011<br />
  2. 2. E-books in academic context<br /><ul><li>Availability and </li></ul> flexibility<br /><ul><li> Saving physical space
  3. 3. Powerful teaching tool
  4. 4. Gap between functionality </li></ul> and usability<br />
  5. 5. http://assets.bizjournals.com/cms_media/images/ebookuniversel.png?site=techflash.com<br />
  6. 6. How can we find out if e-books are worth it?<br />User surveys<br />Statistical data gathered locally from library systems<br />Statistical data provided by vendors and publishers<br />
  7. 7. The University of Auckland<br />14 subject specific libraries and information commons<br />Over 2.5 million hardcopy items<br />450,000+ e-books, 100,000+ e-journals, 850+ databases<br />Serves 30,000 students, and 10,500 staff<br />Ranks with the top 5 Australian university libraries <br />Voyager Catalogue has 1.8 million records<br />
  8. 8. http://www.projectcounter.org/<br />
  9. 9. http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi<br />
  10. 10. When are e-books used?<br />
  11. 11. Are e-books used for reference or for reading?<br />Safari statistics of usage, 2004-2010<br />
  12. 12. Print or e? <br />ebrary site activity for 2010<br />
  13. 13. Most popular print/e-books <br />
  14. 14. Safari – five most popular print/e-books in Feb 2011<br />
  15. 15. NetLibrary most popular titles<br />
  16. 16. Importance of library catalogues<br />SpringerLink usage <br />and MARC records:<br />2007 – Springer <br />2008 – Improved Springer<br />2009 – OCLC<br />
  17. 17. To summarise<br />E-books are used when they are needed<br />Users dip in and out <br />Access via library catalogues<br /><ul><li>More text books and relevant literature
  18. 18. More print options
  19. 19. More, and better bibliographic records</li></ul>More standardised statistical data<br />
  20. 20. Questions and comments<br />k.obradovic@auckland.ac.nz<br />

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