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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for eBooks

Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for eBooks

Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library?

Across the entire sample, 23.96% of respondents had shifted much of their overall book budget to eBooks and expected that to continue; 26.04% had shifted much of their budget to eBooks but did not expect further shifts in that direction; 17.71% indicated they will likely increase both their eBook and print book budgets at least modestly; and 14.58% indicated they had become disillusioned with eBooks and expected to increase their print book budget, possibly at the expense of the eBook budget.


The 77-page study presents data from a survey of 96 North American academic library directors, deans and university librarians about their plans for use of eBooks. The study gives detailed data on current and planned expenditures, as well as plans for spending on particular aggregators and publishers, The study also provides data and insight into the number of libraries with consortia agreements for eBook purchases, their view of purchases of eBooks directly from publishers rather than through aggregators, and the extent to which they feel eBooks will replace or substitute for print book spending in the future. In addition, survey participants discuss how they view the capabilities of their library patrons in finding and accessing the library eBook collection, and the impediments that they feel discourage the growth of their eBook collections. The study helps its readers to pinpoint the types of libraries eager to expand their eBook collections, maintain them, or contract them. The study presents data for many specific vendors.

Table 1.1 How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year?
Table 1.2 How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year? Broken out by work title of the survey participant
Table 1.3 How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year? Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 1.4 How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year? Broken out for public and private colleges
Table 1.5 How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college

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