eBooks - the View from Bristol

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eBooks - the View from Bristol - Angela Joyce
Another viewpoint from the University of Bristol by Angela Joyce Subject Librarian - Economics, Finance and Management

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eBooks - the View from Bristol

  1. 1. eBooks –the view from Bristol ALISS AGM 2011 Angela Joyce 16 June 2011
  2. 2. Current situation• Have bought eBooks regularly since 2009• Not demand-driven• Main platforms are Dawsons and Coutts• Also some packages – eg. Oxford Scholarship Online• I use eBooks with Econs, Finance, Management students – 1,400 students
  3. 3. A few statistics….•Total no of students at Uni of Bristol (Full time equivalent)18,615 (2009-10)•No of individual eBooks in library 812 approx•Total accesses - Dawsons 4175 (2010)•Top eBook (Dawsons) 518 in 2010 – ‘Reconstructingcriminal law’•Popular subjects – education, law, management, science, butaccesses across all subjects. Some books only had 1 access
  4. 4. How do students access them?• Individually via catalogue• Packages via Metalib ( + there is project to ‘slurp’ records into catalogue from Oxford Schol and Springer packages)• Via a special eBooks page on library site
  5. 5. How do we publicise eBooks?• So far – informally via subject librarians• Inductions, word of mouth, email• On our Web pages• New library catalogue search filter• eBooks promotion group to plan more
  6. 6. What do our users think? Anecdotes… Yes? ‘I’ve never ‘Students have looked at been trying to them! Can we print out entire have a list? ‘ ‘Thats a shame we eBooks and (Staff) bought it as an using up all the paper!’ ebook, it doesnt really feel like we ‘One dept prefers own it.’ eBooks – maybe to address adverseNo? NSS feedback?’ ‘Can we have more eBooks for finance please?’
  7. 7. More feedback… ‘we are being economically and politically driven’ ‘I had one student knock ‘almost none of the on my door close to main textbooks are tears because they actually available could not get hold of a electronically or, if book they needed and they are, tend to be had downloaded an hideously expensive’ eBook a few days back but were totally baffled‘he wants me to buy eBook that it had disappearedversions wherever possible, as (due to the DawsonErahe does not want his students 24 hour only downloadto have to leave the clinics to setting)’look things up in the Library,but to be able to do it at thepatients side.’
  8. 8. Informal survey - econs, finance & management school• Run using Survey Monkey http://www.surveymonkey.com/• 1,400 students and their staff targeted.• 80 respondents• Mix of multiple choice and open questions
  9. 9. Findings…
  10. 10. Why is that? Answers…• “limited resources, uncustomized• Can access books when needed. Everyone needed the same book at the same time and it was available• unaware of existence• They are easily accessible 24/7 and I dont have to place in reservations and wait for a book to become available. “
  11. 11. More..
  12. 12. Do you have any other comments on eBooks? eg. problems, advantages, library help?• “eBooks have huge potential. Im not clear what is available from the library without searching. So far, I havent found anything I need. But I will be buying Kindle and iPad ebooks for my personal research. It would be great to have core course texts available for classes I teach, too. Is there a way to request the library obtain specific ebooks?”
  13. 13. More feedback…• “If I go abroad, can I still get access to these ebooks? Thank you:)• I would have liked some sort of training on how to use ebooks or the right places to get the ebooks. Also, it would have been a big help if the University would have provided ebooks for our course• what are eBooks?”
  14. 14. National situation• JISC national e-books observatory project (2009)• http://www.jiscebooksproject.org/wp-content/JISC-e-books-ob• Interesting feedback…. Worth a look• JISC are active in more research on eBooks…
  15. 15. Thank you!Any questions……..? Angela Joyce angela.joyce@bristol.ac.uk

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