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Thursday, November 6 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Why the Resistance? Trends and Results from a Collaborative Survey on E-book Usage Across Eight Academic Institutions

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Usage indicates that students and faculty at academic institutions are using e-books, and yet anecdotal feedback indicates some resistance to the e-book format. Students and faculty at eight institutions were surveyed to explore attitudes towards use of print and electronic books. The survey was constructed specifically to determine factors influencing preference for electronic or print books. This research builds on a 2012 study of e-book use and attitudes at a liberal arts institution, but expands the research to multiple, diverse institutions including public and private, small and medium sized, undergraduate and graduate levels, and institutions in the Northeast U.S., Florida and California.

Objectives: The main objectives of the session will include panelists discussion of results from the more than 7000 responses received and exploration of differences between the institutions and how those difference may impact use and attitudes. Additionally, panelist discussion will include similarities in results across multiple institutions.

Audience Participation:The audience will be surveyed for similarities between their own institutions and the institutions surveyed. Audience participation will be encouraged in discussion of survey results, especially in how the results might be similar or difference from audience members’ perception of attitudes towards e-books at their own institutions.

Learning Outcomes: Audience members will understand which students and faculty at their institutions are likely to use e-books, and which are likely to use only print books. Audience members will understand which factors influence a preference for electronic books. Audience members will learn how the participating institutions used the survey results to influence their collection decisions.


Debbi Dinkins

Associate Dean, Library, Stetson University
Dinkins is the Associate Dean of the Library, working closely with the Library Dean on issues of administration and planning. She is responsible for the management of the library’s materials budgets and operating budgets. She oversees the acquisition and cataloging of the library’s... Read More →
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Anne Cerstvik Nolan

Collection Strategist, Brown University
Anne has been at the Brown University Library for 26 years, first as Assistant Head of Reference and Head of Interlibrary Loan. Along the way, someone realized that all of the eresources work she had been doing (in addition to the other two jobs) was really a full-time job, and so... Read More →

Kathleen Sacco

Assistant Director and Coordinator of Collection, SUNY Fredonia
Kathleen Sacco has been at the State University of NY at Fredonia for 16 years, beginning as the Electronic Resources Librarian. Moving to Library Systems, and then to her current position as Assistant Director and Coordinator of Collection, Ms. Sacco wears many hats and enjoys them... Read More →

Robert Walsh

Social Sciences Librarian, Trinity College
Rob Walsh never thought he’d grow up to be a librarian – but, he’s glad he did. After finishing his MA in African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and not wanting to be a well educated bartender or a hapless PhD candidate, he moved back East and eventually... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Magnolia Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401