Academic Library Use of eBooks 2017 Edition (ISBN No:978-157440-421-0 )

The study looks closely at how 41 academic libraries are using eBooks. It presents detailed data on eBook spending in 2015, 2016 and projected to 2017, highlighting spending on specific types of licensing models and content providers. The report also looks at how libraries are integrating eBooks into their collections, and pinpoints the extent to which they hold titles in dual print/eBook formats.

Other issues covered include: providing info literacy support for eBook users, the role of consortia in eBook licensing, rates of change in eBook use by library patrons, ease of use of using eBooks, provisions for perpetual access, extent and nature of purchases from individual publishers vs. aggregators, eBook collection development plans, use of book endowments for eBook purchasing, use of eBooks for course reserves, trends in eBook pricing, use of eTextbooks and more.

Just a few of the findings of this 140-page report are:

  • Mean spending on eTextbooks by the libraries sampled was $1,609 in the 2015-16 academic year. Median spending was 0.
  • Research universities in the sample have a corresponding print copy for an estimated 25% of the eBooks in their collection.
  • In the past year, research universities sampled spent a mean of approximately $296,000 for eBooks from contract with individual publishers apart from aggregators.
  • 4.55% of libraries sampled said that they would definitively not sign an eBook license without guarantees of perpetual access while close to 30% called it a very important consideration that they will forego only in unique circumstances.
  • 51% of eBook purchases in the entire sample were through some form of ownership model.

Higher Education Management

Report coverage in this topic area includes: marketing, enrollment and public relations; advancement and fundraising; international and domestic student services; retention and assessment; technology management, facilities managment, and much more.

Law Firm and Law Library Management

Reports in this area can be roughly grouped into 4 types: surveys of law libraries, surveys of attorneys in major law firms, surveys of management personnel in major law firms, and surveys of law school faculty and administrators.


Subject areas covered include: content management, materials purchasing, facilities management, digitization, purchasing and negotiations, open access and digital repositories, personnel management and training, budgeting, fundraising and much more.

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