Students’ Reactions towards e-Books in a University Library Collection

Dr Noorhidawati Abdullah,
Prof. Forbes Gibb
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This paper reports on a study of e-Book usage amongst students with a university library collection. The main objectives of this study were to: (i) investigate how easy or difficult students found it to use e-Books by giving them the opportunity to interact with e-Books in a real environment (NetLibrary); (ii) examine if any differences in the rating of ease of use existed between students that had or had not used an e-Book before the survey; (iii) measure students’ preferences between e-Books or printed books given several scenarios; (iv) explore students’ preferences with respect to additional e-Book features which might be incorporated within an online library catalogue to assist them to find relevant books. The respondents were selected by systematic random approach from a list of previous web survey respondents who had agreed beforehand to participate in this study. A total of 18 participants consisting of undergraduate and postgraduate instructional students registered for academic year 2005/6 completed the study. The findings indicated that in general students found that interacting with e-Books in the collection was very easy. Students indicated that their preferred book formats varied depending on the context. In general students were positive about incorporating certain additional e-Book features into the online library catalogue. Despite their positive reaction and attitudes towards e-Books, students commented that e-Books needed to be promoted more strongly and that there were limitations with respect to their use.

Keywords: e-Books, Electronic Books, User Studies, University Library
Stream: Libraries
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Students’ Reactions towards E-books in an University Library Collection

Dr Noorhidawati Abdullah

Research Student, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, Scotland, UK

I am currently a final year Ph.D. student in CIS Department, University of Strathclyde. Researh interests are in e-Books, digital library, e-learning.

Prof. Forbes Gibb

Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Ref: B07P0108