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Thursday, November 3 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
E-books and Young Academic Users: What Do We Know?

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Academic libraries in the U.S. have witnessed the impressive growth of acquiring e-books. While publishers, vendors, and librarians are still developing and exploring various models of e-book production, service, and acquisition, we approach issues surrounding e-book adoption, usage, and right restrictions by investigating their end users. In this session, we will report findings from a research project that studies undergraduate students' interests, attitudes, and expectations toward e-books accessible via an academic library website. This research includes a questionnaire survey with both closed and open-ended questions, which was administered to 279 undergraduate students (mostly freshmen and sophomore) in a large university in the South.

Attendees of the session can expect to learn about a range of user-related issues. For example, what functions and features of e-books do students consider most important? What are less important? What DRM restrictions are acceptable or unacceptable to these young college students? What are their experiences of and expectations for using e-books licensed by academic libraries? These issues are interesting to multiple audiences: academic librarians can understand their users better and learn new ways of educating users and promoting the usage of e-books; and publishers and vendors can gain a better knowledge of their end users, which may help them design, develop, and produce information products that are more appropriate for young academic users.

This session is co-authored by Kanchan Deosthali, Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of Mary Washington, and Devendra Potnis, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and Rebecca McCusker, SIS Master's Studennt, University of Tennessee, who were unable to attend the conference.

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Xiaohua Zhu

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
Dr. Xiaohua (Awa) Zhu is an assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Zhu's research focuses on e-resources licensing and management, access rights, digital copyright, open government, and academic libraries.

Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403