User perceptions of ebooks versus print books for class reserves in an academic library

User perceptions of ebooks versus print books for class reserves in an academic library

Rojeski, Mara. Reference Services Review 2012, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p228-241.

DOI: 10.1108/00907321211228291
Database: Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text
 
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a pilot program at Dickinson College where select reserve books for a class were purchased as ebooks and linked through the course management system. The paper aims to shares the results of survey data, a focus group session, and usage statistics to evaluate the pilot. Design/methodology/approach – The study uses mixed methods with survey, focus group, and usage analysis. Findings – The study found a much higher use of ebooks over print reserves. The survey and focus group responses also found a relatively high student satisfaction with the use of ebooks, despite some reported use problems. Practical implications – The results of this study offer academic libraries a new idea to consider for ebook purchases. The paper also highlights important issues to consider if purchasing ebooks to replace print reserve books. Originality/value – This is the first study to evaluate student attitudes and use of ebook "reserve" materials.