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Academics Staff and eBooks

This report was recently released by ebrary.
2007 Global Faculty E-book Survey
Sponsored by ebrary
(If you want to receive a free copy of the full report (46 page PDF) you have to register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=wS8CU8W9N_2fIwRuMq5gNMsw_3d_3d)
Here’s the Table of contents and the list of questions that were addressed:
Survey Results
1. Dates of survey
2. Total number of respondents
3. Participating countries
4. Basic Carnegie classification for U.S. institutions
5. Primary Program
6. Respondent’s primary program by category
7. Do you or have you offered a course with an online component?
8. Number of years as a faculty member in higher education?
9. How would you describe your level of computer literacy?
10. How would you describe your level of awareness of electronic resources at your library?
11. What types of electronic resources and tools do you currently use for your research, class preparation, or instruction?
12. How do you currently integrate the use of e-journals into your courses?
13. How do you currently integrate the use of e-books into your courses?
14. How do you find out about electronic resources available through your library?
15. How would you characterize electronic access to journals as compared to print?
16. How would you characterize electronic access to books as compared to print?
17. How would you characterize the value of search engines like Google when you are doing research or preparing instruction?
18. Do you prefer using online resources or print for your research, class preparation, and instruction?
19. Please estimate the percentage of information resources for research, class preparation, and instruction that you access electronically as compared to print.
20. What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of PRINT resources for your research or instruction?
21. What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of ELECTRONIC resources for your research or instruction?
22. Which of the following online resources do you think are appropriate for use by your students for most of your assignments?
23. What types of electronic resources do you ask your students NOT to use for your assignments?
24. Are students required to use print or electronic resources for assignments in your courses?
25. Where do you think students are accessing most of the information resources beyond the textbook and handout that they use for your assignments?
26. What are the difficulties associated with information resources?
27. Of the following instruction methods for information literacy, which would you be willing to have for your course?
28. How necessary do you believe instruction in information literacy is to student research and learning?
There are pages of insights based on the data at the end of the report.
Sheila Webber at Information Literacy Weblog also pulled thiese stats:
“Approximately 50 percent of respondents indicated they prefer using online resources for research, class preparation, and instruction versus 18 percent who prefer print resources.
• “Eighty-five percent of respondents viewed information literacy as very necessary, compared to 15 percent who stated it is somewhat necessary and less than 1 percent who find it unnecessary.
• “Almost an equal number of faculty members require students to use electronic resources as print for course assignments.
• “Fifty-three percent of respondents indicated that Google and other search engines are powerful tools for finding information. Twenty-nine percent indicated Google and other search engines are more useful tools than the print resources provided by the library, compared to 11 percent who indicated they are more useful than library-provided electronic resources.”
I found the long section on advantages and disadvantages of e-journals vs. p-journals, p-books vs.e-books to be very interesting. The objectiosn to use or blended use are useful for strategy development in promoting these formats. I suspect that the better maturity of e-journals as a format drives some of their higher acceptance and that projects like Amazon’s wireless Kindle, Project Gutenberg, Google’s massive book digitization project and the open content Alliance’s projects will drive further progress on some ebook acceptance for some domains of knowledge.
Worth checking the pulse regularly.
Stephen

Posted on: November 25, 2007, 10:31 am Category: Uncategorized

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