By Jacqueline Wilson, CDL Senior Associate for Shared Content

University of California Libraries Academic eBook Reader Survey  – Monday, October 11 through Monday, October 25, 2010

The UC Libraries charged the Springer eBook Task Force to create a survey to collect the opinions of UC faculty, staff, and students about their preferences for print, ebooks, etextbooks and their experiences using the Springer eBook pilot collection. Information on the Springer eBook pilot can be found at:

http://www.cdlib.org/services/collections/springerebooks/

UC Library employees are encouraged to  participate in the forthcoming UC Libraries Academic eBook survey. Please visit the short survey when it becomes available and let us know about your preferences and experiences with ebooks in general and the Springer eBook pilot. The survey will be available  from Monday,  October 11, 2010 through Monday, October 25, 2010.

Springer eBook Task Force members and each campus Collection Development Officer are coordinating local outreach for the survey. We hope to get as many responses as possible in order to develop a clear picture of UC reader preferences. The UC Collection Development Officers will use the results of the survey to make decisions about future Springer eBook purchases as well as decisions about systemwide licensing of other ebook packages.

Links to the survey will be available on each campus library web site and on the SpringerLink site.  All respondents, including library staff, who choose to provide their name and email address will be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 gift certificates to the UC bookstore of their choice.  Individual responses to the survey will be kept confidential.  Survey results will be available later this fall.

The survey was developed by Brian Quigley (Berkeley), Felicia Poe (CDL), Michele Potter (Riverside), Chan Li (CDL), and Jacqueline Wilson (CDL).

For more information contact:  Jacqueline.Wilson@ucop.edu