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EBook Use and Opinions at the University of Maryland


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Presentation to Library Assembly, University of Maryland Libraries, February 18, 2014. Tim Hackman and Kelsey Corlett-Rivera.

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EBook Use and Opinions at the University of Maryland

  1. 1. Faculty & Student Use and Opinions of E-Books at UMD Tim Hackman Kelsey Corlett-Rivera Presentation to Library Assembly February 18, 2014
  2. 2. Background • “But I Want a Real Book!” • Collection discussions among Humanities & Social Sciences Librarians
  3. 3. LRF Proposal & Process • • • • • • • Faculty & Collaborator Funds Requested & Budget Statement of Purpose Description of Topic Research Method Benefit to the UM Libraries / Discipline Selected Bibliography
  4. 4. Survey • • • • Students & Faculty in ARHU, BSOS, Education Online survey open Mar 29 to Apr 27, 2012 Incentives! Available at
  5. 5. Valid Responses (1,343) 1000 900 800 700 600 Undergraduate 500 Graduate 400 Faculty/Staff 300 200 100 0 ARHU BSOS Education
  6. 6. Questions 8 and 9: Compared to three years ago, my use of e-books for Research/Recreational Reading has _____. All Responses Research Recreational Reading 1% 1% 39% 47% 52% 60% Increased Stayed the Same Decreased
  7. 7. Question 10: Do you own any of the following e-book readers? All Responses Own an E-Reader 48% Don't Own an EReader 52% 1% 1% 3% 3% Libre (Aluretek) 6% Kindle Nook PocketBook 13% Sony Reader iPad or Other Tablet 2% 0% 56% 15% Smart Phone or iPod Laptop or Desktop Software Other
  8. 8. Questions 10 and 15: If you do/don't own an e-book reader, what format do you prefer? All Responses 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Prefer e-books Prefer print No Preference It Depends
  9. 9. Implications for Collection Development Category Finding Which collections? The top five most popular e-book collections were EBSCO (38%), Oxford Handbooks Online (21%), Gale Virtual Reference Library (19%), Springer eBooks (8%), and ebrary (8%). Scholarly monographs Edited collections Other formats Literature Action Buy e-books that are available through the EBSCO e-book collection, but keep in mind that many patrons are not aware of which collection they are using. The largest number of respondents (41%) preferred scholarly Buy print versions of scholarly monographs in print. This number was highest for monographs. Education scholars faculty/staff (44%) and Arts and Humanities (43%) and lowest may be more amenable to for graduate students (40%) and Education (34%). Graduate electronic versions of scholarly students and Education chose “I prefer e-books” in the monographs. largest numbers, 30% and 36%, respectively. Responses to this question were evenly split, with 32% Consider buying both print and epreferring e-book and 33% preferring print. Faculty preferred book versions of edited print (36%) to e-book (25%), while graduate students collections, at least in the near preferred e-book (37%) to print (31%). Among the three future. Education scholars and colleges, Education stood out, preferring e-book (39%) to grad students may be more print (24%). amenable to electronic versions. Respondents overwhelmingly favored e-book to print for Buy electronic versions of these conference proceedings, general reference, specialized formats. reference, citation manuals and style guides (by a margin of between 22% and 30%) With the exception of Education, respondents favored print Buy literature in print, except for to e-book for literature by a margin of 18%. Undergraduate Education scholars. students and Arts and Humanities favored print by the largest margins, 23% and 24%, respectively.
  10. 10. Implications for Collection Development Category Finding Action E-book features When respondents indicated that their preference for e-books or print “depended,” “e-book features,” such as full-text search, was a popular reason, receiving at least 13% of responses for all formats. Buy e-books that provide these advanced features (as opposed to static, scanned PDFs, for example). What would make A top response to questions 17 and 18 (at 16% and patrons more likely to 12%, respectively) was “greater availability”: not use e-books? enough books in the respondents’ fields are available as e-books. Purchase more electronic versions in a wider variety of fields. Those who own e-readers are more likely to use and prefer e-books, and many respondents (15%) indicated in question 16 that they would be more likely to use ebooks if they had an e-book reader. Purchase e-books in collections and formats that are compatible with popular e-readers and tablets (such as Kindle, Nook, iPad).