E-books inUniversity Libraries                 Aleksandra Zych
OutlineReasons for introducing e-booksTypes of e-booksAdvantages and disadvantages for usersChallenges for librariesE-book...
Why e-books?Important as a learning resourceWidespread use of technology at universitiesUseful for researchEarlier success...
Types of e-booksTextbooksReference materialsScholarly monographsGrey literature
Advantages for users24/7 availabilityCan be accessed by more than one person at a timeFull-text searchingCopy/paste option...
Disadvantages for usersNeed for special equipmentEye strainUnfriendly softwareDifferent interfacesDigital Rights Managemen...
Challenges for librariesDigital Rights ManagementPortable devicesPrintingInterlibrary loansPlagiarismLack of user awareness
E-book awareness and usage100%                                         2008 90% 80%                                     20...
E-book awareness and usageTop 3 reasons for not using e-books:    students do not know where to find them    (47%)    stud...
Marketing and promotionLibrary websitesLibrary catalogs (OPACs)Social networking applicationsOnline tutorialsInformation l...
E-books at the University of Texas 1  Web-based e-books  Suppliers:        NetLibrary, ebrary, Safari, IT Knowledge (title...
E-books at the University of Texas 2  Kindle e-book readers  Acquisition model:        purchase of titles requested by use...
E-books in Polish university libraries Average number of e-books per student:      in 2007 – 0.04      in 2008 – 0.13     ...
E-books in Polish university libraries The University of Warsaw Library Number   of downloads of e-resources:     in   200...
ConclusionThere is considerable potential for e-books inuniversity libraries.University libraries wishing to introduce e-b...
Thank youaleksandra.zych@student.uw.edu.pl
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E books in university libraries

  1. 1. E-books inUniversity Libraries Aleksandra Zych
  2. 2. OutlineReasons for introducing e-booksTypes of e-booksAdvantages and disadvantages for usersChallenges for librariesE-book awareness and usageMarketing and promotion of e-booksE-books at the University of TexasE-books in Polish university libraries
  3. 3. Why e-books?Important as a learning resourceWidespread use of technology at universitiesUseful for researchEarlier success of e-journals
  4. 4. Types of e-booksTextbooksReference materialsScholarly monographsGrey literature
  5. 5. Advantages for users24/7 availabilityCan be accessed by more than one person at a timeFull-text searchingCopy/paste optionCustomisationSearching through many books at one goAdvantages for people with disabilities
  6. 6. Disadvantages for usersNeed for special equipmentEye strainUnfriendly softwareDifferent interfacesDigital Rights ManagementDifficulty in accessing several e-books simultaneouslyDistractions
  7. 7. Challenges for librariesDigital Rights ManagementPortable devicesPrintingInterlibrary loansPlagiarismLack of user awareness
  8. 8. E-book awareness and usage100% 2008 90% 80% 2011 70% 60% 50% 65% 57% 100% 40% 90% 2008 30% 80% 2011 20% 70% 10% 60% 0% 50% E-book awareness among students 40% 52% 54% 30% 20% 10% 0% E-book usage among students Source: ebrary Global Student E-book Survey (2011) (http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys/docDetail.action?docID=80076107)
  9. 9. E-book awareness and usageTop 3 reasons for not using e-books: students do not know where to find them (47%) students prefer printed books (44%) their library does not offer e-books (10%)
  10. 10. Marketing and promotionLibrary websitesLibrary catalogs (OPACs)Social networking applicationsOnline tutorialsInformation literacy sessionsE-mailsTrial accessStickers on print booksRecommendation by professor
  11. 11. E-books at the University of Texas 1 Web-based e-books Suppliers: NetLibrary, ebrary, Safari, IT Knowledge (title-by-title and subject packages) EBL (pay-per-view) disciplinary databases Most popular subjects: computer science economics and business
  12. 12. E-books at the University of Texas 2 Kindle e-book readers Acquisition model: purchase of titles requested by users Check-out period: 2 weeks Most popular genres: light fiction children’s literature fantasy literature
  13. 13. E-books in Polish university libraries Average number of e-books per student: in 2007 – 0.04 in 2008 – 0.13 in 2009 – 0.13 in 2010 – 1.51 Source: Analiza funkcjonowania bibliotek naukowych w Polsce (http://ssk2.bu.amu.edu.pl/standaryzacja/)
  14. 14. E-books in Polish university libraries The University of Warsaw Library Number of downloads of e-resources: in 2009 – 764 653 in 2010 – 748 301 in 2011 – 782 364 Access to platforms: MyiLibrary Ibuk Dawsonera Ebrary SpringerLink
  15. 15. ConclusionThere is considerable potential for e-books inuniversity libraries.University libraries wishing to introduce e-books facemany challenges.E-book awareness and usage among studentsis not satisfactory.
  16. 16. Thank youaleksandra.zych@student.uw.edu.pl
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