Awareness and Use of Electronic Books at Memorial University of Newfoundland

Morgan, Pamela and Farrell, Alison and Westbrook, Danielle (2011) Awareness and Use of Electronic Books at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In: Atlantic Provinces Library Association, May 16th - May 18th, 2011., St. John's, NL. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The book publishing market has reached a point whereby many books are available in either print or electronic format. Libraries are confronted with a challenge - should a library buy books for its collection in print or electronic format? A recent quantitative study of use at Memorial's Health Sciences Library shows growing use of electronic texts, yet also shows stable use of print texts. Thus, the library is in need of evidence-based qualitative research that can be used to shape collections policy. Replicating a survey from another institution, researchers at the Health Sciences Library conducted a web-based survey of all Memorial faculty, staff, and students, with three aims: To discover 1) if members of the university community are receptive to electronic books; 2) if they know we already have electronic books; and 3) how they actually use electronic books. This information will be used to shape collections policy, guide the development of instruction programmes, and direct promotional efforts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/688
Item ID: 688
Keywords: electronic books, usage survey
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Memorial University Libraries
Date: 17 May 2011
Date Type: Completion
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Z665 Library Science. Information Science

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