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  1. Using e-books to meet student needs: experiences from the last 10 years Anne Worden Faculty Librarian: Humanities and Social Sciences University of Portsmouth July 2014

  2. Portsmouth E-book Background • Trial of networked e-books began in 2004 • Number of bought-in e-books has increased from 15,000 to around 476,000 • Books from Credo Reference, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, MIT Press, Oxford Scholarship Online etc • UoP had the highest use of e-books across UK universities in 2011-12 with just over 6 million section requests (SCONUL Strategic Planning Data 2011-12)

  3. E-book Use Across 2013

  4. Typical University E-book Purchase Models • Subscription model • Bundle from e-book aggregator e.g. Ebrary, Ebsco • All e-books are multi-user • Outright purchase model • Licences vary from single user to 3 user to multi-user to 325 or 360 usage credits • Publishers sell subject packages • Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) • All books are added to catalogue • Purchase only triggered by use

  5. E-book Survey Participants • Spring 2009 survey • 903 Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) & 208 Technology students • Spring 2012 survey • 1118 HSS & 101 Technology students • Spring 2014 survey • 1185 HSS – Male 18-23=344, Female 18-23=711 • 499 Technology – Male 18-23=418, Female 18-23=81 • 115 Law & 47 Creative & Cultural Industries (CCI) students

  6. Frequency of e-book use 2014 (%)

  7. Frequency of e-book use 2014 (%) Female 18-23 year olds

  8. Preferred book format (%) Comparison of survey results since 2009

  9. Preferred book format by course & gender Percentages for male HSS students 2014

  10. Preferred book format by course & gender Percentages for female HSS students 2014

  11. Students who only use the e-version of books & journals Percentages in 2014

  12. Device used to access e-books (%)

  13. Normal way of finding e-books Percentages for 2014

  14. Student Views – HSS So useful especially if it’s a book everyone on the course needs and there are not enough hard copies Languages Yr 4 They’re great because you can access them from home Politics Yr 2 Easyto use and search. Veryconvenient! History Yr 1 Can highlight and add notes, can save to your computer. Most of my course books are available English Language Yr 1 Don’t understand the online book queuing system? Why do you need to wait for an online book? Criminology Yr 1

  15. Student Views – HSS E-books are easier to flick through to find the right chapters relevant to assignment Languages Yr 2 The word search is very useful and often saves time reading irrelevant pagesSociology Yr 3 Brilliant, life saver! Extremely useful and easy to use English Literature Yr 3 Copy and paste saves a lot of time when using quotes in any essay Languages Yr 2 You don’t have to pay fines!! Languages Yr 4

  16. E-book Section Requests at UoP

  17. Why is use so high at Portsmouth? • Sheer number of e-books available (& on library catalogue) • Promotion of e-books by lecturers • e.g. 45% of students in Education in 2012 first found out about e-books from their lecturers • Deliberate inclusion as key weekly reading on reading lists • Demonstration of e-books by librarians • Hands-on workshops a part of study skills units • Significant number of distance learners

  18. Why is use so high at Portsmouth?Driving usage higher • Systematic checking of reading lists for e-book matches then including the link in the online reading list • Buying new e-books for reading lists when we don’t already have an e-copy • Buying e-books which match weekly reservation requests • Algerian War book bought just before Easter 2012 reached 3081 section requests in 21 days • European Revolutions 1848 book bought just before Christmas 2011 had 17099 section requests in January 2012

  19. Top 10 UoP e-books in 2013-14 • 35,453 Management and Organisational Behaviour • 30,549 Exploring Strategy • 29,779 Sage Dictionary of Criminology • 28,517 Corporate Financial Management • 25,292 Essentials of Economics • 17,536 Introducing Functional Grammar • 17,068 Research Methods for Business Students • 14,299 Translation Studies Reader • 11,637 Introducing Translation Studies • 11,506 Exploring Corporate Strategy

  20. The final word… Easy to use and easier to find relevant information for my essays and never out on loan when really needed – can always go back when I need it English Lit L4