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Friday, November 8 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Incorporating Ebooks into Humanities Scholarship: Results from a Combined Survey and Use Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (A LibValue Study)

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To answer a myriad of questions surrounding ebook adoption in the humanities, a multi-faceted research project, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (via “LibValue,” http://libvalue.cci.utk.edu/ ) was undertaken at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library (UIUC). The study had two components. First, data were collected from ebook, patron-driven acquisition (PDA) in humanities subject areas via both STL (short term loan) and purchase-on- demand collection use through Ebrary. In some disciplines, Oxford University Press humanities ebooks were also purchased and monitored for use. Second, a survey was conducted of humanities faculty and graduate students from the same humanities disciplines as the PDA study: architecture, art, art history, classics, music and religion/theology.

Also pertinent to the study were the availability and use of corresponding print books at UIUC and the factors that determine why a humanities scholar would choose either an ebook or a pbook (print book). The survey asked scholars to comment on their view of the adoption of ebooks in the humanities, the value they determine or receive from the use of ebooks, their familiarity with various ebook platforms, the role of print books in an e-future, and when or why they would choose to use an ebook over a pbook.

Results show that most respondents (about 80% of whom were graduate students/ 20% faculty) had used ebooks before the study and most agreed that ebooks are easy to use and to access; almost 90% believe that ebooks should have the capability for some type of download. Only 17% of respondents said that over 50% of their research currently involves the use of ebooks; the most important “value” the humanists associated with ebooks was 24/7 accessibility. While the study’s outcomes focus on assessment of the humanist’s perception and use of ebooks, assessment of the library’s role in this evolution is also an important factor.

Library assessment for this project focused on performance and use of collections (both e and p), and included data by call number/subject, publisher and price. The assessment also included the availability and accessibility of both e and p books. The data show that although humanists may lag behind other disciplines in incorporating ebooks into their scholarly research, most have positive outlooks about ebook adoption and ask that more ebooks be made available to them in their humanities disciplines.

Speakers
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Tina Chrzastowski

Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tina E. Chrzastowski is Professor Emerita, formerly Chemistry Librarian and Professor of Library Administration, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  Prior to UIUC, she held academic library positions at the University of Delaware and the University of Washington.  Her research focuses on collection use and assessment, including longitudinal use studies, user surveys, and musings about transitions taking place in... Read More →
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Lynn Wiley

Head of Acquisitions: Associate Professor University Libraries, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Jean-Louise Zancanella

Public Services Librarian, College of Western Idaho Library


Friday November 8, 2013 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium, Science and Mathematics Building 202 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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