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Thursday, November 5 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
What Do Our Users Think About eBooks? 10 Years of Survey Data at the University of Denver

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The University of Denver Libraries has conducted three large surveys about ebook usage and attitudes in 2005, 2010, and 2015. Each of these was sent to the entire university community and received thousands of responses. The 2005 survey was one of the earliest to examine user feelings about and awareness of ebooks and led to two articles, which are still regularly cited today. As such, it provides a useful baseline for understanding how attitudes have changed over time. This presentation examines the responses to the 2015 survey in depth and compares them to the two earlier surveys. This study explores general patterns of ebook usage, usage of ebooks relative to print books, and preferences for particular format for usage cases. Also examined are differences and similarities by discipline and by user type. Because the University of Denver has a very large ebook collection on a wide variety of vendor and publisher platforms, it is particularly well situated for a study of this sort.

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Michael Levine Clark

Dean and Director, University of Denver Libraries
Michael Levine-Clark, the Dean and Director of the University of Denver Libraries, is the recipient of the 2015 HARRASOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. He writes and speaks regularly on strategies for improving academic library collection development practices, including the use of e-books in academic libraries, the development of demand-driven acquisition models, and implications of discovery tool implementation. 

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