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
While at ACRL, I met a Librarian at Wellesley College by the name of Deborah Lenares. She was in the midst of evaluating ebook aggregator platforms and shared with me her comparative spreadsheet. It’s quite thorough and I thought it could be a great community project to work on it together. So, Deborah has posted this spreadsheet to google docs and it is open and available for editing by anyone.
Document is available here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtHuZMbGK8S1dGpsZHdhYmZsLUhqbW50STZlcTZPT3c&hl=en_US#gid=0
The University of California – Irvine also did a comparison spreadsheet. It is available for download here: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/2010/01/06/checklist-for-evaluating-patron-driven-business-models/
Finally, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom maintains an academic database assessment tool for e-books. Users select vendors and the comparison data is displayed based on user choice. It is available here: http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl
A colleague of mine, Deborah Lenares, from Wellesley College forwarded me her checklist for evaluating eBook aggregators. We thought it would be a good idea to share this spreadsheet and allow other librarians the opportunity to add evaluation criteria. So, if you are interested in viewing/adding to it, you’ll find it on google docs. Caution, as soon as you make a change to the spreadsheet, it’s there for good, or at least until someone else changes it. We’ll see how this goes.