The student experience of patron-driven ebooks at the University of            Northampton    Joanne Farmer and Charlotte ...
Session outline• Ebooks at the University of Northampton• The patron-driven service• Research objectives & methods• Usage ...
Ebooks at UON• Arrival of ebooks• Different models: NetLibrary, Safari, Dawsonera• Patron-driven service    Opportunity t...
The patron-driven service• Opportunity to rent „non-owned‟ titles (over 150,000)• 2 rentals = purchase• Authorisation requ...
Our researchObjectives:• To investigate how many, and in what ways, students have  engaged with the ebook service• To expl...
Usage data: activity                  4 month period   4 month         4 month patron-                  (Pre patron-     p...
Users (indicated by survey)• 64% of students have not used the patron-driven ebooks  11% of these have not used ebooks at ...
Discussion points• From the user perspective, what are the benefits and  drawbacks of having a patron-driven ebook service...
The patron-driven concept• Choice  Reading decisions  Wider range of titles• Reading lists important for guidance• Student...
Interview responses“too many as much of a problem as not enough”“it is knowing which ones to go to first, which ones are t...
Ebooks vs hard copyEbook preferences                  Hard copy preferencesDistance learning – remote         Can browse b...
Impact on learningMost students felt that ebooks had made a positivecontribution to their learning, citing that they were ...
Student experience: owned books• Majority recognised these options and felt confident they  understood them, however..What...
Student experience: patron driven• Less than half of the students were able to say they had  seen these options beforeRent...
Other issuesApproximately a third of the students that had used thepatron-driven service expressed frustration with:• Tech...
Marketing/sustainability• Profiling the collection• Encourage wider use of 5 minute preview• Improve the interface for use...
Summary• Since the patron-driven service was introduced, ebook usage  has soared• It is difficult to budget for this kind ...
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  • Patron-driven service: [DDA, PDA, other universities..natural step]896 users in first year of Dawsonera 2007BACKDROP – Searching databases/Ebook technologies evolving (Kindle etc), perceptions about books NSS – student experienceOther universities preparation first, implement later. Quick implementation, no marketing campaign although small efforts, started to introduce it our encounters with students e.g. Teaching, Boards, 1-1s.
  • Demo?Functionality – what you get e.g. Loan lengthsHow intuitive are the options?
  • Room for a marketing question...possibly or previous slide marketing/budget question
  • BENEFITS FEEDBACKPoint out that we didn’t use the term patron driven ebooks initially, didn’t expect students to understand the technical term, so explained it later to find that was still the case...
  • In particular, distance learners appreciated the benefits that online access bringsNSS question – difficulty due to time lapse, some students couldn’t compare as hadn’t engaged with service before this year, some didn’t use Catalogue and hadn’t really noticedInterest expressed – only found out about it via the interviews....!Asked a question whether the students had noticed improved access to the books they needed...difficulty of gathering responses about this, hard to answer, some had no comparison, but of the participants who were not aware of PDA, there was a lot of interest expressed in using it in the future Potential is there to impact positively with students opinions about the books we have ...NSS monitoring feedback on lack of resources/books
  • EXPERIENCE /INTUITIVE FEEDBACK
  • INTUITIVENESS, EXPERIENCE OF USINGRaise issue of awareness/marketingRefer back to frustration/confusion with loan lengths..Reluctance to use the request rental option – thinking it will cost them, but will they care as much if they know it is costing the university...???
  • Some students prefer to be guided by a reading list and PDA is of no interest
  • Joanne Farmer & Charlotte Heppell "The student experience of patron driven e-books at the University of Northampton"

    1. 1. The student experience of patron-driven ebooks at the University of Northampton Joanne Farmer and Charlotte Heppell
    2. 2. Session outline• Ebooks at the University of Northampton• The patron-driven service• Research objectives & methods• Usage data• Discussion• Research findings: student experience• Summary
    3. 3. Ebooks at UON• Arrival of ebooks• Different models: NetLibrary, Safari, Dawsonera• Patron-driven service  Opportunity to extend our offering  NSS  Funds available• Implement now, evaluate later...
    4. 4. The patron-driven service• Opportunity to rent „non-owned‟ titles (over 150,000)• 2 rentals = purchase• Authorisation required over £5 rental & £100 purchase• Cost to library: £75,000 (based on a 4-month trial)• Initial feedback
    5. 5. Our researchObjectives:• To investigate how many, and in what ways, students have engaged with the ebook service• To explore the student experience of using patron-driven ebooks• To realise the impact of the patron-driven service• To make recommendations to enhance the serviceMethodology:Analysis of usage data, online survey, semi-structuredinterviews
    6. 6. Usage data: activity 4 month period 4 month 4 month patron- (Pre patron- patron-driven driven live period driven) trial period 01/08/11 01/08/10- 01/12/10 – 25/11/11 25/11/10 31/03/11Successfulaccess requests 3,282 9,673 16,388 (59% increase from trial) • 1,482 downloads • 2,619 viewed less than 1 page for 1 minute • 3,164 viewed between 2-10 pages • 9,123 viewed 11 pages or more
    7. 7. Users (indicated by survey)• 64% of students have not used the patron-driven ebooks 11% of these have not used ebooks at all• Of the 36% of patron-driven users, a majority have already used the „owned‟ ebooks Marketing/sustainability??
    8. 8. Discussion points• From the user perspective, what are the benefits and drawbacks of having a patron-driven ebook service?• What do you like/dislike about the Dawsonera model? How intuitive is it?• How can we tell students about the service and slow down the rate of spending at the same time
    9. 9. The patron-driven concept• Choice Reading decisions Wider range of titles• Reading lists important for guidance• Students not confident about making decisions• A recognition that independent research is expected• Practical benefits of having wider choice
    10. 10. Interview responses“too many as much of a problem as not enough”“it is knowing which ones to go to first, which ones are the mostpopular in the subject field”“I would prefer to have books smaller, not thousands of booksBecause thousands of books would, you know, waste my time”“it‟s nice to have the reading list, so you know where to start andwhich ones are crucial, but then obviously you know everyone‟sgonna read them and you want to find something a bit more uniquefor your assignment”
    11. 11. Ebooks vs hard copyEbook preferences Hard copy preferencesDistance learning – remote Can browse books on shelvesaccess Easier to understandLimited access to physical books Easier to read than on screenNo fines No functional/technical issuesNo carrying of books e.g. Short rental periods,Keyword searching inability to copy/printEasier to read onlineCan‟t find items on shelvesTime savingMore up to date than printedbooksConvenient – can access anytime
    12. 12. Impact on learningMost students felt that ebooks had made a positivecontribution to their learning, citing that they were importantor very importantIn terms of the patron-driven service, students found itdifficult to say whether they had noticed improved access tobooksInterest expressed in using it in the futureMonitor NSS feedback
    13. 13. Student experience: owned books• Majority recognised these options and felt confident they understood them, however..What we found was that both „Download‟ and „Read online‟functions were often misunderstood. Nobody appeared to use„Add to favourites‟.
    14. 14. Student experience: patron driven• Less than half of the students were able to say they had seen these options beforeRental option a clear source of confusion, many thinking thatyou had to pay for the service. Few people mentioned thatthey had used „5-minute preview‟.
    15. 15. Other issuesApproximately a third of the students that had used thepatron-driven service expressed frustration with:• Technical problems• Short loan lengths (or perceptions of this)• Reading books online
    16. 16. Marketing/sustainability• Profiling the collection• Encourage wider use of 5 minute preview• Improve the interface for users• Provide more guidance• Feedback from users• Market the service• Primo
    17. 17. Summary• Since the patron-driven service was introduced, ebook usage has soared• It is difficult to budget for this kind of service• Significant number of students are still not aware of it• The student experience of using patron-driven ebooks needs to be improved• More guidance/information is needed• Patron-driven has potential to impact on student learning• Need to monitor the service and listen to students
    18. 18. Any questions?

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