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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Does Format Matter? Comparing Usage of E-books and P-books

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When multiple formats of the same book are available, to what extent does use of one format impact use of the other? Are there similar patterns of use that might predict preferences for a particular format? This study analyzes three years worth of use data for a large e-book collection in comparison with circulation data for the same set of titles. Using COUNTER data, more nuanced publisher-supplied data, and ILS circulation statistics, we examine usage from multiple angles to show both overlap and degree of usage. In addition to presenting detailed use data, we will discuss the methodology used to gather and compare these large data sets. This study will help determine whether there are similarities in use level for the different formats, helping us learn more about user preferences, and helping us build better collections.

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Christopher C. Brown

Reference Technology Integration Librarian, University of Denver Libraries
University of Denver, Main Library
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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. 

Friday November 9, 2012 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Francis Marion Pinckney Room 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403