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.