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Student attitudes towards e-books at UW-Sheboygan, and what does it mean to us? Jeff Ellair, Library Director WAAL Conference, April 24, 2013 UWC Library Council Brown Bag, May 14, 2013 The Questions • “Encounters at the reference desk have indicated a student acceptance level of e-books ranging from lukewarm to resistant (mostly resistant). This has left library staff wondering if purchasing increasing numbers of e-books would be the best use of limited acquisitions funding, despite the presumed advantages that the format offers.” • Survey/demonstration session to determine if the anecdotal responses at the reference desk are representative of student attitudes overall. What prior experience have students had with e-books, how do they feel about them and why? Methodology • Faculty volunteers to bring classes for session – 8 faculty, 16 classes, 275 students (36% of campus headcount), Feb. 2013 • Split survey (Qualtrics) and demonstration: – EBSCO ebooks (current holdings/vendor/access) – Nook and iPad 1. How many semesters have you attended UW-Sheboygan, including the current semester? Answer Response % 1 50 18% 2 118 43% 3 25 9% 4 52 19% 5 or more 30 11% Total 275 100% 2. What is your age? 50% 50% (Age 22+ : Enrolled=38%, Survey=27%) 45% freshman/sophomore campus 40% 37% 50% 2 lower HS quartiles 35% 30% Survey 25% n=275 21% 22% 20% Enrolled 15% 11% 13% n=770 9% 10% 8% 8% 7% 5% 4% 5% 2% 2% 0% 14-17 18-19 20-21 22-24 25-29 30-39 40+ 3. 4. Device ownership or easy access, and frequent use. 80% 75% 73% (56%, n=154, have no tablet or ereader) 68% 70% (100% have laptop or desktop or tablet) 60% 49% 50% Own/ 40% access 30% 21% Use 20% 14% often 13% 13%11% 9% 9% 10% 6% 6% 5% 6% 4% 3% 3% 2% 1% 1% 0% 5. Do you have high-speed Internet access at home? Answer Response % Yes 251 91% No 18 7% Not sure 6 2% Total 275 100% 6. Do you have Wi-Fi access at home? Answer Response % Yes 256 93% No 14 5% Not sure 5 2% Total 275 100% * 4% (n=10) replied both “No” to high-speed Internet and “No” to Wi-Fi. 7. Have you ever used e-books from UW-Sheboygan? Answer Response % Yes 16 6% No 254 92% Not sure 5 2% Total 275 100% 8. Was your use of e-books from UW- Sheboygan a positive experience, such that you would use e-books again? Answer Response % Yes 15 94% No 1 6% 9. What are the main reasons why you haven’t used e-books from UW-S? Answer Response % Didn't know we had e-books 169 67% Never needed to find books or e-books resources for my class 115 45% assignments I prefer to use printed books or other sources instead 82 32% Didn’t want to take time to figure out e-books 34 13% Never found any e-books for my topic 24 9% Didn’t know if my instructor would accept e-books as a reliable 15 6% source Wasn’t sure if I had compatible equipment to use the e-books 12 5% Couldn’t get the e-books to work properly 1 0% Other: (don’t know what e-books are) 6 2% 10. Have you ever used e-books from anywhere else (high school, public library, individual purchases, friends/relatives, etc.)? Answer Response % Yes 78 28% No 177 64% Not sure 20

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