Faculty in the Applied and Pure Sciences May Have Limited Experience with E-books





A Review of:

Bierman, J., Ortega, L., & Rupp-Serrano, K. (2010). E-book usage in pure and applied sciences. Science & technology libraries, 29(1-2), 69-91. https://doi.org/10.1080/01942620903579393


Objective – To determine the usage of and attitudes toward e-books among faculty in the applied and pure sciences.

Design – Online survey and in-person interviews.

Setting – A large public university in the United States.

Subjects – 11 faculty members.

Methods – Participants completed an 11-item survey covering demographic data and questions about electronic book experience and preferences. This was followed up by an in-person interview with the researchers. The interviews were structured into three sections: opening questions about e-book usage, an interactive demonstration and discussion of two preselected e-books, and final follow-up questions. Interviews followed a general script of prepared questions, but also encouraged open discussion and dialogue.

Main Results – Most participants in the study reported limited experience with e-books and only 3 of the 11 participants reported using library-purchased e-books in their research and instruction. Participants noted ease of access and searchability as key advantages of e-books. Concerns included the belief that reading and learning is more difficult on a desktop computer, as well as concerns about the stability and reliability of e-book access. Participants also felt negatively about the necessity to create a new login profile and password to access e-books.  The study found no difference in the way faculty in pure and applied sciences approached e-books.

Conclusion – The authors determine that e-books will likely become more commonly used in academia. Users want e-books that are easy to use and customizable. In addition, the authors conclude that librarians need to understand their patrons’ needs as e-book users and proactively promote and market their e-book collections.


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Author Biography

Jennifer Kaari, East Orange Public Library, East Orange, New Jersey, United States of America





How to Cite

Kaari, J. (2021). Faculty in the Applied and Pure Sciences May Have Limited Experience with E-books. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 16(3), 152–153. https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29939



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