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1 CRICOS #00212K EBOOKS: TURNING THE PAGE ALIA URLs (ACT) and AGLIN E-Books and e-learning Issues for online teaching programs Dr Stuart Ferguson Knowledge & Information Studies University of Canberra

2 CRICOS #00212K Contents of presentation Context of e-book development: the e-student Research into benefits/problems of e-book for learners Challenges for university libraries and educators Turning the page: opportunities for learners slide 2

3 CRICOS #00212K Personal context Convener of fully online course One of a suite of online courses Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) Strong library support key for learner Professional background in DE slide 3

4 CRICOS #00212K UC Library E-book holdings: approx. 40,000 Well-established e-journal holdings Majority on the EBL or ebrary platforms Packages not too attractive for a smaller library Patron Driven Acquisitions trial just started slide 4

5 CRICOS #00212K What is an e-book? (revisited) Electronic form of a book, read/viewed on: Computer (streamed from internet) Handheld device (PDA, iPAD, mobile) E-reader (Sony, Kindle, Nook) Different technology for different purpose e.g., Harlequin romance novels to mobile PDF copy VS interactive media When does an e-book stop being a book? slide 5

6 CRICOS #00212K Context Problems with print collections driver? Growth DE + e-learning driver? Growth Virtual Learning Environments driver? Threat to academic monograph driver? Strength of e-book penetration Cost of academic monographs Research dissemination + open access Legal constraints (next page) (5, 6, 7, 13, 20)slide 6

7 CRICOS #00212K Context (legal) In an e-environment: Potential for unlimited use of e-books Rights holders control access (unlike print) Contract law overrides copyright law slide 7

8 CRICOS #00212K Benefits (1) Remote access (important) Availability 24/7 (important) Easy search for specific information Multi-user access? (important) Ability to download to laptop? (important) Extra functions (e.g. link, highlight, copy & paste) Ease saving, copying, printing? (1, 5, 8, 9, 12, 22, 23, 24)slide 8

9 CRICOS #00212K Benefits (2) Lower cost? (for students) Time efficiencies Saving of physical space (plus for library service) Reduction/elimination of loss of/damage to book Easier integration with VLEs Reduced pressure on library print-based services Vendor agreements upfront & easy (once theyre in place) (1, 5, 8, 16, 17, 22)slide 9

10 CRICOS #00212K Benefits (3) Timely access to new titles? Improvements for visual learners Better access for disabled learners (customisation) Benefits for those with visual/mobility problems Convenient bibliographic management Indexing/metadata functionality Digital visibility (11, 12, 22, 24)slide 10

11 CRICOS #00212K Problems (1) Screen reading (has been major disadvantage) Difficulties navigating/browsing e-book? User uncertainty about functions (interface issue) Perceived lack of user friendliness Relative quality of content Limited content seen as a barrier Lack of awareness/promotion (1, 5, 12, 15, 20, 22)slide 11

12 CRICOS #00212K Problems (2) Limitations in terms of viewing times Limitations in terms of printing quotas Limitations in terms of number of users Digital Rights Management (DRM) in general Lack of encouragement from academics General inability to download to portable devices? (1, 5, 6, 15, 21, 22)slide 12

13 CRICOS #00212K Problems (3) Cost for libraries? Budgeting difficulties for libraries Problems with e-readers (including cost) E-readers and linear reading Lag in publication of e-version Difficulties for dyslexic users (3, 4, 10, 12, 14)slide 13

14 CRICOS #00212K University of Ulster research

15 CRICOS #00212K University of Ulster research Findings of many previous studies are validated: E-books are significantly used Students favour access via desktop PC or laptop Users prefer print books? Students have problems locating e-books Format choice relates to study need (23)slide 15

16 CRICOS #00212K Challenges/barriers Standards, technology management Protection of IP rights Variety of platforms and usage models Academics writing and setting print texts Need for sufficient content/critical mass (1, 18, 20)slide 16

17 CRICOS #00212K Challenges for educators Technologies & learning/usage barriers 'Reliability' of e-books Significant barriers that DRM can present Perceived learning curve Student learning experience (5, 18)slide 17

18 CRICOS #00212K Challenges for libraries Issues with respect to: Purchasing models Cataloguing/metadata standards Preservation, archiving User/staff training E-book promotion Evaluation E-textbooks Student expectations slide 18

19 CRICOS #00212K Turning the page Good business models - less restrictions Chapter, paragraphs the units of consumption Increasingly good scholarly products Critical mass – tipping point UG students and different cultural attitudes Learning technologies nearing tipping point Different functions of print and e-book E-media - will they usurp the e-book? E-research, e-learning, e-student (2, 18, 19, 23)slide 19

20 CRICOS #00212K References (1) 1)Abdullah, N. & Gibb, F. (2008a), Students' attitudes towards e-books in a Scottish higher education institute: part 1. Library Review, 57(8), 593-605. 2)Abdullah, N. & Gibb, F. (2008b), Students' attitudes towards e-books in a Scottish higher education institute: part 2: Analysis of e-book usage. Library Review, 57(9), 676-689. 3)Behler, A. & Lush, B. (2011), Are you ready for e-readers? The Reference Librarian, 52, 75–87. DOI: 10.1080/02763877.2011.523261. 4)Buckley, M. & Tritt, D. (2011), Ebook approval plans: Integration to meet user needs. Computers in Libraries, 31(3), 15-18. 5)Carlock, D.M. & Perry, A.M. (2008),Exploring faculty experiences with e-books: A focus group. Library Hi Tech, 26(2), 244-254. 6)CILIP (2012), Ebook acquisition and lending briefing: Public, academic and research libraries. Available at: book%20acquisition%20and%20lending%20by%20libraries%20(August%202012).pdf. 7)Croft, R. & Davis, C. (2010), E-books revisited: Surveying student e-book usage in a distributed learning academic library 6 years later. Journal of Library Administration, 50, 543–569. DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2010.488600. slide 20

21 CRICOS #00212K References (2) 8)Ebrary (2008), Global student e-book survey. Available at: 9)Estelle, L. & Woodward, H. (2009), The National e-Books Observatory project: Examining student behaviors and usage. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 21(2), 172-177. 10)Goodwin, S., Shurtz, S., Gonzalez, A. & Clark, D. (2012), Assessing an e-reader lending program: From pilot to mainstream service, Library Review, 61(1), 8-17. 11)Grensing-Pophal, L. (2010), Are textbooks obsolete? An education in the impact of electronic textbooks. EContent. Available at: 12)Jamali, H.R., Nicholas, D. & Rowlands, I. (2009), Scholarly e-books: The views of 16,000 academics: Results from the JISC National E-Book Observatory. Aslib Proceedings, 61(1), 33-47. 13)JISC (2009), JISC National e-Books Observatory project: Key findings and recommendations. Available at: findings. slide 21

22 CRICOS #00212K References (3) 14)Lamothe, A.R. (2012), Factors influencing the usage of an electronic book collection: The size of the e-book collection, the size of the student population, and the size of the faculty population. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), (forthcoming publication). 15)Lonsdale, R. & Armstrong, C. (2010), Promoting your e-books: Lessons from the UK JISC National e-Book Observatory. Program: electronic library and information systems, 44(3), 185-206. 16)Mantell, A. (2012), Apples iBooks: New kid on the block. Information Today, 29(4), 31- 33. 17)Milloy, C. (2009), Dispelling myths about e-books with empirical evidence. JISC Collections. Available at: 18)Nelson, M.R. (2008), E-Books in higher education: Nearing the end of the era of hype? EDUCAUSE Review, 2, 40-56. Available at: 19)Nicholas, D., Rowlands, I., Clark, D., Huntington, Jamali, H.R. & Ollé, C. (2008), UK scholarly e-book usage: A landmark survey. Aslib Proceedings, 60(4), 311-334. slide 22

23 CRICOS #00212K References (4) 20)Nicholas, D., Rowlands, I. & Jamali, H.R. (2010), E-textbook use, information seeking behaviour and its impact: Case study business and management. Journal of Information Science, 36(2), 263-280. DOI: 10.1177/0165551510363660. 21)Rowlands, I., David Nicholas, D., Hamid R. Jamali, H.R. & and Paul Huntington, P. (2007), What do faculty and students really think about e-books? Aslib Proceedings, 59(6), 489-511. DOI: 10.1108/00012530710839588. 22)Shelburne, W.E. (2009), E-book usage in an academic library: User attitudes and behaviors. Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services, 33, 59-72. 23)Smyth, S. & Carlin, A.P. (2012): Use and perception of ebooks in the University of Ulster: A case study. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 18(2), 176-205 (forthcoming publication). 24)Wu, M. & Chen, S. (2011),Graduate students' usage of and attitudes towards e-books: Experiences from Taiwan. Program: electronic library and information systems, 45(3), 294-307. slide 23

24 CRICOS #00212K Questions/general discussion -design/staff/information- studies/profiles/stuart-ferguson

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