E-books in the Sciences: SLA 2009 Presentation

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E-books in the Sciences: SLA 2009 Presentation

  1. 1. E-books in the Sciences - Gauging Faculty and Graduate Students Needs Rajiv Nariani rajivn@yorku.ca York University Libraries Toronto, Canada
  2. 2. Money spent on E-books  By YUL: $132,000 in 2008-09 fiscal year  CARL Libraries: $1,127 372 in 1999-00 to $6,048 491 in 2006-07- a 436.5% increase  In 2007, CARL libraries acquired 2, 890 369 electronic monograph items  Electronic monographs currently represent approximately 13% of total monograph titles held by CARL libraries, and that number is expected to continue to grow over the next several years
  3. 3. Today’s discussion  Reason for the survey  Target audience  Do they know about E-books? How?  Which ones are they using?  Preferred features  Challenges & promoting E-books at YUL
  4. 4. Population Distribution: Science Graduate students & Faculty members 3 Full-time 94.8% Part-time 5.2% 55 Graduate Students 1 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 55.2% 25 Masters 43.1% Full-time faculty and years of 32 Postdoc 1.7% teaching experience
  5. 5. Affiliation / Program Faculty Graduate Students
  6. 6. Do you use E-books? 14 Yes 75.9% No 24.1% Faculty 44 Graduate Students
  7. 7. Are you aware that the libraries subscribe to various E-books from different content providers and/or publishers? 20 Yes 65.5% No 34.5% 38 Faculty Graduate Students 16 Yes 52.8% No 47.2% 19
  8. 8. Graduate Students: Which of these E-books have you used?
  9. 9. Faculty: Which of these E-books have you used?
  10. 10. How do you find and access E-books? Faculty Graduate Students Other •Internet •Access is a problem •NIH Bookshelf •Web or by accident •Do not use e-books Promote E-books!
  11. 11. Promotion: New Books Blog
  12. 12. Springer & Morgan & Claypool Blogroll
  13. 13. List of E-books
  14. 14. How long do you spend reading a book online Faculty Graduate Students
  15. 15. How much of that E-book did you read online in one sitting? Faculty Graduate Students
  16. 16. Do you recommend or actively encourage your students to read E-books? Faculty Graduate Students
  17. 17. Graduate Students: Features preferred in E-books
  18. 18. Faculty: Features preferred in E-books
  19. 19. Very Important & Important features: Desired by the academic community
  20. 20. Some comments…  Very good collection  Life saver for mature students  More promotion of E-books required (posters, e-mail, brochures)  Difficulty in finding the print button on the E-book page. Interface issues  DRM issues  Solution/instructor manuals in electronic format desired  More E-books in specific subjects: Comp Sci. and Engineering, Earth Sciences

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