The BL/JISC 2009-10 annual report on Researchers of Tomorrow: A Three Year BL/JISC study tracking the research behaviours of Gen Y doctoral students was just released in June 2010. While the report doesn’t mention ebooks per se, it does highlight how library collections and services are used/not used by PhD student in the UK. Students expressed particular frustration with getting the full text of scholarly journal articles, particularly those they found citations for in google scholar/library citation databases where full-text was not subscribed to by their institutions. Other topics of discussion include: using IT in research, main place of research work, training and support of research, use of ILL services, consultations with subject specialist librarians. One statistic I found interesting was that 57% of Gen Y students have never used advice from subject specialist librarians.
NFAIS and Drexel’s iSchool are co-sponsoring a workshop on June 26th in Philly titled “Google, the Web and the Future Roles of Publishers and Librarians.”
More info can be found on the NFAIS site. I’m certain eBooks will come up somewhere in this program. Continue reading Upcoming workshop in Philly…. Google, Libraries, Publishing