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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 5:45pm - 6:30pm
"Well, of course students will love them!" A Consortium Study of Student Perceptions and Use of eBooks

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A consortial ebook initiative offered the CTW Libraries (Connecticut College, Trinity College and Wesleyan University) an opportunity to explore their students’ attitudes and experiences with the libraries’ ebooks.

As part of the ebook pilot evaluation, a group of CTW librarians developed a series of open-ended questions and hands-on tasks to ask undergraduate students on each campus about their understanding, discovery, and use of ebooks. Using these ethnographic techniques, the librarians hoped to learn students’ reactions to various e-books platforms, preferences for “e vs. p”, and how students might go about incorporating ebooks into their research process. Due to differing institutional cultures, the librarians also wanted to see if there were discernible differences in student behavior and attitudes across the three campuses.

Results from these interviews will be discussed, including students’ overall reactions to ebooks, how they find and use ebooks, suggestions to make the ebook experience more user-friendly, and what they foresee as possible directions for academic e-books and their role in libraries as the market evolves.


Kathy Gehring

Research & Instruction Librarian, Connecticut College
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Kendall Hobbs

Interim Head of Reference, Wesleyan University
Kendall Hobbs is currently Interim Head of Reference at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He has been a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Wesleyan since 1997. He has a BA in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, an MA in philosophy from Emory University, and an MLS from SUNY Buffalo.
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Lorraine Huddy

CTW Librarian for Collaborative Projects, Connecticut-Trinity-Wesleyan / CTW Consortium
In 2008, I started coordinating consortial activities among the libraries at Connecticut College, Trinity College and Wesleyan University. My primary focus has been on collection development, and over time, I’ve vacillated from being an advocate of practices that favor ebooks to taking a more cautionary stance. The benefits seem increasingly outweighed by issues such as discovery, usability, shareability, and accessibility. For this... Read More →

Robert Walsh

Social Sciences Librarian, Trinity College
Rob Walsh never thought he’d grow up to be a librarian – but, he’s glad he did. After finishing his MA in African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and not wanting to be a well educated bartender or a hapless PhD candidate, he moved back East and eventually pursued his MLS at Southern Connecticut State University. Since the Fall of 2010, he has been Social Sciences Librarian at Trinity... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Cypress Ballroom South 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401