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E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
E books in university libraries
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  • 1. E-books inUniversity Libraries Aleksandra Zych
  • 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. Why e-books?Important as a learning resourceWidespread use of technology at universitiesUseful for researchEarlier success of e-journals
  • 4. Types of e-booksTextbooksReference materialsScholarly monographsGrey literature
  • 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. Disadvantages for usersNeed for special equipmentEye strainUnfriendly softwareDifferent interfacesDigital Rights ManagementDifficulty in accessing several e-books simultaneouslyDistractions
  • 7. Challenges for librariesDigital Rights ManagementPortable devicesPrintingInterlibrary loansPlagiarismLack of user awareness
  • 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. 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. Marketing and promotionLibrary websitesLibrary catalogs (OPACs)Social networking applicationsOnline tutorialsInformation literacy sessionsE-mailsTrial accessStickers on print booksRecommendation by professor
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Thank youaleksandra.zych@student.uw.edu.pl

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