Springer has released a White Paper on ebook use and attitudes. The study was conducted at Wellesley College. Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries co-authored the white paper.
More information, including key findings and links to the full paper, is below:
A new white paper from Springer examines eBook adoption at an undergraduate institution
Conventional wisdom holds that the availability of eBooks and their inherent utility – full text searchability, ease of access, etc. – are what drive use and acceptance. But are these the only factors behind the rate of adoption of eBooks at undergraduate universities? A new Springer white paper by Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries, draws on past studies and a new survey of users at Wellesley College to uncover some interesting insights for undergraduate librarians and institutions. The white paper is available both online, and will be distributed at this year’s Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER & L) Conference in Austin, TX. Continue reading
Credo Survey Suggests Students Lack Basic Information Skills Critical for Academic and Workforce Success
Survey finds 37% of students do not feel adequately prepared to start research
More information from the press release below. Note the opportunity to attend an event at ACRL relating to the study as well as receive the full text of the study. Links are below.
March 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford – A survey developed by librarians and sponsored by Credo found that many college students falsely perceive their level of information literacy. The data collected suggests that while students display an understanding of information skills, they are not successful at the next step —application of the skill. These information skills are critical to success in the classroom, but they also extend beyond campus to prepare students for success on the job and in everyday life. Continue reading
Scholastic recently released a new study on kid’s reading in the digital age. The study found that kids reading of ebooks has nearly doubled since 2010. Full details are on the Scholastic site or you can download the full report with appendices here.
Below are some highlights of the study from the Scholastic site:
Kids, Families, and eBooks
- The percent of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%).
- Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun; boys are more likely to agree than girls (26% vs. 16%). Continue reading
Against the Grain is conducting a survey of librarians’ personal and professional eBook usage. The following survey is 24 questions long, and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Feel free to share this link with other librarians who may be interested in participating.
We appreciate your time and thank you for your participation! Please contact Leah Hinds if you have any questions or comments.
Editor, Against the Grain
OverDrive and the ALA conducted an online survey at U.S. public library websites in June/July 2012. They asked a variety of questions, but the most important ones revolved around eBook purchasing. The survey asked, “If a digital audiobook or eBook is unavailable in the library’s digital collection or there is a wait time, would you consider purchasing it from an online retailer? 53% said yes and 47% said no. They also asked, “Have you ever purchased a book (physical or digital) after borrowing that title from the library? Only 35% said yes, while 64% said no. Continue reading
there is a lovely infographic on the Rise of eReading from schools.com. Check it out here: http://www.schools.com/visuals/rise-of-ereading.html
The following are my notes from the NISO eBook Forum Program – End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
Presented by – Steve Paxhia, President, Beacon Hill Strategic Solutions
3 of the studies presented today are not even published yet. Most of the data shown was within just a few weeks of collection. He summarized 4 reports from thousands of participants, millions of data points. Much of the data was preliminary, so the numbers I list below may change with the final reports. Continue reading
DeGruyter has released a white paper titled, Patron Driven Acquisition: A Model for Providing Complete Access to Electronic Content While Limiting Costs For Libraries. It discusses a new business model for electronic content – books, journals, and databases.
DeGruyter White Paper
Below are a couple of snips from the white paper:
“Based upon feedback from its Library Advisory Board, De Gruyter decided to offer its customers a purchase model for digital content that was independent of a single format.
Yet rather than design the new sales model around a conference table, De Gruyter wanted to base the model on empirical data and develop it in active dialogue with customers. In
mid-2011, De Gruyter contracted with three institutions to conduct a PDA trial.” Continue reading
Academic Librarians – if you have a few minutes, please consider taking this survey about etextbook collections. Some of the results will be shared at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit on October 17th.
Library Journal is interested in learning more about etextbook collections in academic libraries. Your participation in this study will help identify the scope of etextbooks on college campuses–how popular they are and who is selecting them.
Please click on the link below to take a brief survey. We want to hear from you even if your library does not currently have an etextbook collection. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 American Express gift card.
Academic etextbook survey
Results from this survey will be revealed in an upcoming issue of Library Journal. Thank you for supporting LJ‘s research efforts!
LJ Research Manager
The following is an announcement from Ken Chad regarding a JISC study:
The challenge of ebooks: Can you contribute? Workshop in London on Tuesday 21st August
We are investigating the challenges of ebooks in academic institutions and would like to engage, early on in our project, with individuals interested in taking part in a workshop in London on Tuesday 21st August. The aims of this half day (free) event are to:
- Help identifying/validate the issues of concern. The overriding themes of the project revolve around the ‘creation, curation and consumption’ of ebooks. The project defines ebook very widely and covers all forms of digital books including epub format, online books, etextbooks, wiki-based books, open textbooks, digital monographs, open educational resources and other forms of campus-based publishing.
- Help with the analysis of the ‘jobs’ (in the sense of the ‘jobs-to-be-done’ methodology) that individuals (students, academics, researchers etc) do for which ebooks may be (potentially) the solution. Continue reading