“E-books are good if there are no copies left”: a survey of e-book usage at UWE Library Services

Briddon, J., Chelin, J., Ince, G., Redman, J., Sleat, A. and Williams, E. (2009) “E-books are good if there are no copies left”: a survey of e-book usage at UWE Library Services. Library and Information Research, 33 (104). pp. 45-65. ISSN 1756-1086 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/155

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This article outlines research carried out with students and academic staff at a large UK university library on how e-books are being used for learning, teaching and research. It was discovered that e-books are meeting many of users’ needs,especially in terms of accessibility, but there are still concerns about subject coverage and the impact on students’ learning. There are various reasons why ebooks are beneficial in developing an academic library collection, most particularly for reference materials and essential readings, but librarians need to work closely with academic staff to integrate use of e-books effectively into learning and teaching, taking care that licence and access implications are better understood. The drivers to the use of e-books appear to be outweighing the barriers, although the latter will require considerable effort on the part of librarians within their institutions and also in terms of communicating concerns to e-book providers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:e-books, usage, survey, UWE, Library
ID Code:155
Deposited By: A. Richardson
Deposited On:24 Feb 2010 12:07
Last Modified:15 Feb 2016 12:25

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