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Survey Results

1.  Background

The UCFV Library has been acquiring and cataloguing electronic books (ebooks) for a number of years. The first large increase in titles occurred in 2001, with our participation in a shared collection of Netlibrary titles. In this arrangement, ELN partner libraries pool resources to acquire academic library books. We have continued to participate in this consortial arrangement, and now have over 5000 Netlibrary books in our catalogue.

In 2007, the library subscribed to the “Academic Complete” ebook collection from the vendor ebrary. This collection consists of over 30,000 books from over 220 academic publishers. It was chosen for a number of reasons, including a strong match between subject disciplines represented and course offerings at UCFV, ease of use of software, accessibility of online content (anytime, anywhere), unlimited simultaneous use, and reasonable cost per title.

We have also catalogued 3430 historical documents from Early Canadiana Online, and recently added 170 reference titles with a subscription to Oxford Reference Online.

2.  Assessment Methodology

Our goal this year was to assess the student and faculty response to the ebooks in our library. One method was an analysis of useage statistics and title use information provided by the ebook vendors (ebrary, Netlibrary, Oxford Reference.) The second method was a survey of the UCFV community.

A survey was conducted from October 31st to November 21st, 2007. The web survey consisted of 11 questions, and was designed using the SurveyMonkey software.

Links were placed on the UCFV Library’s homepage in 2 prominent locations, as well as a link from our “Electronic Book Collections” page. On November 7th, an email invitation was sent using a report from our Sirsi system. This report was sent to over 2300 students, as well as to faculty and staff.

In total, the survey received 510 responses.

3.  Results

UCFV Library Ebook Survey Summary

Summary of Comments

4.  Discussion

The survey responses and a summary of the comments are linked above. A few significant findings include:

Q. 8 “On a scale of 1 (not at all satisfied) to 6 (very satisfied), how satisfed are you with books?”

  • 75.5 % of responses were between scale 4 to 6.

Q. 10 “The UCFV Library should continue to acquire ebooks.”

  • 87.3 % of responses either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.

Q. 6 “In which format do you prefer reading books?”

  • The majority of users (52.9%) would still prefer to read print, given a choice. However, 46% of users prefer online, or either format.

Q. 9 “Please comment on what you like or dislike about using ebooks”.

  • 86 comments related to a dislike of reading on the screen, and 37 comments related to a preference for using a book.
  • Other dislikes included sitting at a computer, need for a bigger selection of titles, transportability, and a need for better readers.
  • 83 comments liked the accessibility of ebooks (can access them from anywhere, at anytime, quickly, with no need to go to the library).
  • Other likes included convenience, searchability, special features, ease of use, multiple access, increased access to needed content, no due dates.

Q.7 “Under what circumstances do you use ebooks?”

  • 125 comments related to using them for research.
  • Many use them if the print is unavailable (not in our library, signed out, or as a faster option to Interlibrary loan.)

5.  Conclusion

  • The UCFV community sees a role for ebooks in the UCFV library.
  • Ebooks are convenient, and accessible.
  • Ebooks provide content that students can use for their research, and content that may not be available to them any other way.
  • Ebooks save students time.
  • Given a choice between a print book and an ebook, most people would prefer to read a print book.
  • Reading on screen for extended periods of time is not liked.
  • Printing is considered expensive and wasteful.
  • Users like ebooks for accessing specific, shorter sections of information but not for reading a book cover-to-cover.
  • There is a need for increased user education and training to understand how to locate books, search them, and use special features.
  • Improved reader technology may alleviate problems (eye fatigue, portability, need to print).

    Patti Wilson,
    Dec. 13/07

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