An Uneasy but Powerful Alliance: Faculty Use of E-books

By Debbi Dinkins, Laura N. Kirkland and Jean P. Wald.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: May 2, 2014 $US5.00

After embracing patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) models for e-books and publishing two articles on PDA, librarians at a small university wanted to investigate faculty attitudes toward e-books. Usage statistics showed heavy use of e-book collections, but information on faculty usage was merely anecdotal. A short survey was developed and sent to all teaching faculty in all disciplines to help Stetson University’s collection development librarians match print and e-book selections to faculty preferences more effectively, thus increasing usage of titles purchased. Additionally, the results indicated whether faculty training was needed in the use of e-books. Preliminary data from faculty indicated that interest in e-books ranged from enthusiastic to uninterested. The majority of respondents were in the middle of those two extremes, expressing hesitant curiosity about e-books provided by the library. Most were interested in learning to use e-books, download them to mobile devices, and use them within learning management systems such as Blackboard. In the interest of promoting faculty collegiality, a strategic, personalized training program was developed to introduce faculty to features of library-provided e-books. This article presents the survey instrument, survey results, and summary of the faculty e-book training program.

Keywords: Academic Libraries, E-Books, Faculty, Training, Collaboration

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 11, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.11-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 2, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 341.688KB)).

Debbi Dinkins

Associate Dean, duPont-Ball Library, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, USA

Dinkins is the associate dean of the duPont-Ball Library at Stetson University, working closely with the library dean on issues of administration and planning. She is responsible for all aspects of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, periodicals, and computer systems.

Laura N. Kirkland

Cataloging Librarian, Technical Services, duPont-Ball Library at Stetson University, DeLand, FL, USA

Kirkland is a catalog librarian and associate professor at duPont-Ball Library at Stetson University. She oversees cataloging, processing, mending, and quality control of metadata for the library’s physical and electronic collections.

Jean P. Wald

Music Specialist and Research Librarian, duPont-Ball Library, Stetson University, DeLand, FL, USA

Wald is the music specialist and research librarian at duPont-Ball Library at Stetson University. Her duties include collection development, cataloging, faculty liaison with the School of Music, bibliographic instruction classes, and general reference work.

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