Survey of American College Students: Use of the Academic Library eBook Collection

  • ID: 4587507
  • Report
  • Region: United States
  • 90 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The study presents data from a survey of 1099 students at 4-year colleges and universities in the USA about their use of the library eBook collection.  The 90-page study gives detailed data on which students use the eBook collection, how important the collection is to them, how they evaluate its ease of use, and how do they assess the information literacy training that they have received in its use.  The report also gives data on the extent of use of webinars, videos, classes, website instructions and other means for educating students about the use of the academic library eBook collection.

Data in the report is presented in the aggregate and then broken out separately for sixteen different variables including but not limited to: college grades, gender, income level, year of college standing, SAT/ACT scores, regional origin, age, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity, college major and other personal variables, and by Carnegie class, enrollment size and public/private status of the survey participants institutions of higher education.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • 48.13% of students sampled had never used their academic library eBook collection
  • The higher a student’s grades, the more likely they were to believe that the library eBook collection was easy to use.
  • Nearly 13% of students sampled had watched an online video on how to use their academic library’s eBook collection.
  • More than 65% of students studying the social sciences rated the library eBook collection as useful to them to any degree, the highest among any subject category in the sample.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE
Characteristics of the Sample

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Use of library's eBook collection
Accessing and Using Library eBook Collection
Training received in how to use the college library eBook collection
Rating the library' eBook collection
Asking for Help in Using the eBook Collection
Consulting Instructions on the Library Website in Using the eBook Collection
Taking a class, session or seminar that covered how to use an eBook collection

List of Tables
Table 1.1 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? 
Table 1.2 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 1.3 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment
Table 1.4 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 1.5 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 1.6 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 1.7 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 1.8 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 1.9 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 1.10 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 1.11 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 1.12 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 1.13 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 1.14 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 1.15 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 1.16 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 1.17 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 1.18 What do you think of your college library's eBook collection? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 2.1  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? 
Table 2.2  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 2.3  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 2.4  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 2.5  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 2.6  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 2.7  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 2.8  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 2.9  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 2.10  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 2.11  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 2.12  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 2.13  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 2.14  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 2.15  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 2.16  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 2.17  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 2.18  How easy is it to access and use the eBook collection? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant
Table 3.1 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? 
Table 3.2 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 3.3 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 3.4 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 3.5 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 3.6 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 3.7 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 3.8 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 3.9 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 3.10 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 3.11 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 3.12 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 3.13 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 3.14 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 3.15 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 3.16 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 3.17 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 3.18 Have you ever received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the college library eBook collection? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 4.1 How would you rate your library's eBook collection?
Table 4.2 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 4.3 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 4.4 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.5 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 4.6 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 4.7 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 4.8 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 4.9 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 4.10 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 4.11 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 4.12 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 4.13 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 4.14 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 4.15 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 4.16 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 4.17 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 4.18 How would you rate your library's eBook collection? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 5 Which of the following have you ever done?  Check all that apply 
Table 5.1.1 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? 
Table 5.1.2 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 5.1.3 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 5.1.4 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 5.1.5 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 5.1.6 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 5.1.7 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 5.1.8 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 5.1.9 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 5.1.10 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 5.1.11 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 5.1.12 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 5.1.13 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 5.1.14 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 5.1.15 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 5.1.16 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 5.1.17 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant
Table 5.1.18 Have you ever asked a college librarian for help in using the eBook collection? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.1 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? 
Table 5.2.2 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 5.2.3 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 5.2.4 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 5.2.5 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 5.2.6 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.7 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by college year class standing
Table 5.2.8 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 5.2.9 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.10 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.11 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.12 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.13 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.14 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 5.2.15 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.16 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 5.2.17 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 5.2.18 Have you ever consulted instructions on the library website for using eBook collections? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 5.3.1 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? 
Table 5.3.2 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 5.3.3 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 5.3.4 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 5.3.5 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 5.3.6 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant . 
Table 5.3.7 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 5.3.8 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 5.3.9 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 5.3.10 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 5.3.11 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant
Table 5.3.12 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 5.3.13 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 5.3.14 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: . 
Table 5.3.15 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 5.3.16 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 5.3.17 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 5.3.18 Have you ever watched a video, webinar or other audio/video resource on how to use an eBook collection? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 5.4.1 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection?     
Table 5.4.2 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution  
Table 5.4.3 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 5.4.4 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 5.4.5 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 5.4.6 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 5.4.7 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 5.4.8 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 5.4.9 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant . 
Table 5.4.10 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant  
Table 5.4.11 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 5.4.12 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 5.4.13 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 5.4.14 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 5.4.15 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 5.4.16 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 5.4.17 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 5.4.18 Have you ever taken a class, session or seminar that covered how to use the library eBook collection? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 

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