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Three Ebook Outlooks: What Humanists, Social Scientists and Scientists Want and Predict (A LibValue Study)
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  • Tina E. Chrzastowski, Santa Clara University
  • Lynn N. Wiley
  • Jean-Louise Zancanella
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publication Date
1-1-2014
Publisher
Association of Research Libraries
Abstract
An e-book survey focused on user attitudes and valuation was conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between 2013 and 2014 to determine how humanities, social science, and science scholars viewed the current and future use of e-books in their field. Participants were also asked to follow a link to use an e-book in their discipline on the e-brary platform and to report their experiences. Survey questions included an evaluation of present experiences and level of use, the value associated with e-books, and predictions of what their discipline’s e-book future will look like in the next five years. This study, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (via “LibValue,” http://libvalue.cci.utk.edu/) grew over time to encompass the three disciplines as questions arose concerning how a spectrum of scholars adopted e-books or planned to migrate to the e-book format. The data from this study were used to inform library subject selectors concerning collection trends observed and predicted by their clientele. One result is the patron-driven acquisition of highuse e-books, which demonstrates the use and value scholars find in this book format.
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2014 Library Assessment Conference Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment Seattle, Washington August 4–6, 2014

Citation Information
Chrzastowski, Tina E., Lynn Wiley and Jean-Louise Zancanella. 2014. “Three Ebook Outlooks: What Humanists, Social Scientists and Scientists Want and Predict (A LibValue Study). ARL Assessment Conference Proceedings.