ebrary(R) (www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of e-content services and technology, announced that the results of its first Global Faculty E-book Survey, completed by 906 faculty members throughout the world, are now publicly available at no cost. Anyone interested in receiving a copy may register:
Copies will also be available at ebrary's table (#20) at the XXVII Annual Charleston Conference, Wednesday, November 7, 2007 in Charleston, SC, USA.
The 2007 Global Faculty E-book survey was developed by more than 200 librarians and is the first of its kind. ebrary plans to periodically repeat the survey to compare how the dynamics of print and electronic resources, usage, and attitudes among faculty members change over time. The survey was designed to better understand faculty experience with electronic resources and printed materials. Learning objectives included usage for research and instruction, perceived strengths and weaknesses, attitudes, and instruction experience and preferences.
Key survey findings:
-- Approximately 50 percent of respondents indicated they prefer using online resources for research, class preparation, and instruction versus 18 percent who prefer print resources.
-- 85 percent of respondents viewed information literacy as very necessary, compared to 15 percent who stated it is somewhat necessary and less than 1 percent who find it unnecessary.
-- Almost an equal number of faculty members require students to use electronic resources as print for course assignments.
-- 53 percent of respondents indicated that Google and other search engines are powerful tools for finding information. 29 percent indicated Google and other search engines are more useful tools than the print resources provided by the library, compared to 11 percent who indicated they are more useful than library-provided electronic resources.
Librarians, faculty members, publishers, and others are encouraged to write papers on the 2007 Global Faculty E-book Survey. An insightful analysis by Allen W. McKiel, Director of Libraries at Northeastern State University, is included with the survey results. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.