Jason Price and John McDonald from the Claremont University Libraries presented “Beguiled by Bananas: a retrospective study of the usage and breadth of patron vs. library acquired ebook collections” at the Charleston Conference this past November. Some of the main points from the study were:
Are user-selected ebooks used less often than pre-selected ebooks?
No. User-selected ebooks are used ≈2-5x more often
Do user-selected ebooks have a narrower audience?
No. User-selected ebooks are used by ≈2-3x more unique users
Are user-selected collections less balanced by subject?
No. User selected collections are similarly balanced.
The complete presentation, in pdf is here. If you’d like to see the notes, then click on this one instead. Jason and John will also discuss their study in the Proceedings of the 29th Annual Charleston Conference.