In a period of economic challenges, the University of California Libraries must have high quality information and analysis to guide their collection decisions. A new report, UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey, presents the results of a 2010 survey of 2,569 University of California faculty, staff, and students intended to assist the Libraries in developing systemwide strategies for acquiring e-books and inform future collection management activities. The study was a collaborative effort between California Digital Library staff and UC campus librarians undertaken as part of the Libraries’ Springer e-Book Pilot Project. Topics covered include UC reader preference for e-books as compared to print books, valued e-book features, and an assessment of UC reader experiences with Springer e-books during 2009 and 2010. 

The report is located at: www.cdlib.org/services/uxdesign/docs/2011/academic_ebook_usage_survey.pdf

Questions and comments can be directed to Felicia Poe, Ivy Anderson, or Jacqueline Wilson at the California Digital Library.

Felicia Poe, Manager
User Experience Design Service
felicia.poe@ucop.edu

Ivy Anderson, Director
Collection Development & Management
ivy.anderson@ucop.edu

Jacqueline Wilson, Senior Associate for Shared Content
Collection Development & Management
jacqueline.wilson@ucop.edu