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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for eBooks

  • ID: 4760608
  • Report
  • March 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 77 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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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.

Data in the report, including spending data, is broken out by many variables, including college type, enrollment and level of tuition, among other variables.  Data is also broken out by some personal characteristic of the survey respondents, such as work title and age.  The majority of survey respondents were library directors, and the remained, largely deans or university librarians.

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

  • Mean eBook annual spending for the libraries in the sample was $72,024.
  • Junior college libraries had much higher anticipated growth rates in spending on eBooks than did other types of college libraries
  • Smaller institutions were much more likely than larger ones to be satisfied or very satisfied with the pricing regimes offered by the main eBook aggregators.
  • 3.12% of respondents indicated they would spend more or much more on eBooks from Overdrive over the next year.

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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   
PARTICIPANTS LIST   
Characteristics of the Sample   
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year?   
Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks?   
Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks?   
Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on the following ebook services over the next year?   
ProQuest   
EBSCO   
Amazon/Kindle   
Safari   
Overdrive   
Other leading sources for eBooks for your library   
How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators?   
How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years?   
If your library makes significant eBook purchases direct from any publisher which ones? How much does the library spend (in US$)?   
Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks?   
How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library?   
What factors in your view are the greatest obstacle to increasing eBook purchases?   
Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library?   
Most likely to continue shift to eBooks   
Most likely to not expect further shifts to eBooks   
Most likely to increase both eBook and print book budgets   
Most likely to be disillusioned with eBooks and to increase print book budget, possibly at expense of eBook budget 

List of Tables  
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$) on eBooks in the past year? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 1.6 How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 1.7 How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 1.8 How much did the library spend (in US$) on eBooks in the past year? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 2.1 Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? (should be a percentage)   
Table 2.2 Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? (should be a percentage) Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 2.3 Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? (should be a percentage) Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 2.4 Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? (should be a percentage) Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.5 Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? (should be a percentage) Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 2.6 Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? (should be a percentage) Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.7 Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? (should be a percentage) Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 2.8 Over the past year what was your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? (should be a percentage) Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 3.1 Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks?   
Table 3.2 Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 3.3 Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 3.4 Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 3.5 Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 3.6 Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.7 Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 3.8 Over the next year what do you think will be your library’s rate of growth or decline in its spending on eBooks? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 4 Do you expect to spend  (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on the following ebook services over the next year?   
Table 4.1.1 Do you expect to spend  (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on ProQuest over the next year?   
Table 4.1.2 Do you expect to spend  (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on ProQuest over the next year? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 4.1.3 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on ProQuest over the next year? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 4.1.4 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on ProQuest over the next year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.1.5 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on ProQuest over the next year? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 4.1.6 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on ProQuest over the next year? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.1.7 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on ProQuest over the next year? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 4.1.8 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on ProQuest over the next year? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 4.2.1 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on EBSCO over the next year?   
Table 4.2.2 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on EBSCO over the next year? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 4.2.3 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on EBSCO over the next year? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 4.2.4 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on EBSCO over the next year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.2.5 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on EBSCO over the next year? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 4.2.6 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on EBSCO over the next year? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.2.7 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on EBSCO over the next year? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 4.2.8 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on EBSCO over the next year? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 4.3.1 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Amazon/Kindle over the next year?   
Table 4.3.2 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Amazon/Kindle over the next year? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 4.3.3 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Amazon/Kindle over the next year? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 4.3.4 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Amazon/Kindle over the next year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.3.5 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Amazon/Kindle over the next year? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 4.3.6 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Amazon/Kindle over the next year? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.3.7 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Amazon/Kindle over the next year? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 4.3.8 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Amazon/Kindle over the next year? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 4.4.1 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Safari over the next year?   
Table 4.4.2 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Safari over the next year? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 4.4.3 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Safari over the next year? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 4.4.4 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Safari over the next year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.4.5 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Safari over the next year? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 4.4.6 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Safari over the next year? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.4.7 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Safari over the next year? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 4.4.8 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Safari over the next year? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 4.5.1 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Overdrive over the next year?   
Table 4.5.2 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Overdrive over the next year? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 4.5.3 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Overdrive over the next year? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 4.5.4 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Overdrive over the next year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.5.5 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Overdrive over the next year? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 4.5.6 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Overdrive over the next year? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.5.7 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Overdrive over the next year? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 4.5.8 Do you expect to spend (in US$) much more, more, about the same, less or much less on Overdrive over the next year? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 5.1 How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators?   
Table 5.2 How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 5.3 How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 5.4 How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 5.5 How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 5.6 How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 5.7 How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 5.8 How satisfied would you say that you are with the eBook pricing regimes that you encounter from the main aggregators? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 6.1 How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years?   
Table 6.2 How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 6.3 How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 6.4 How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 6.5 How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 6.6 How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.7 How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 6.8 How much more or less to you expect  to spend on purchasing eBooks directly from publishers as opposed to aggregators in the next two years? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
If your library makes significant eBook purchases direct from any publisher which ones? How much does the library spend (in US$)? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 7.1 Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks?   
Table 7.2 Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 7.3 Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 7.4 Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 7.5 Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 7.6 Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 7.7 Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 7.8 Does your library to the best of your knowledge have any consortia arrangements to purchase eBooks? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
Table 8.1 How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library?   
Table 8.2 How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 8.3 How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 8.4 How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 8.5 How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 8.6 How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.7 How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8.8 How would you assess the general confidence level of your patron population in accessing the eBooks available through your library? Broken out by geographic location of the college   
What factors in your view are the greatest obstacle to increasing eBook purchases? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 9.1 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library?   
Table 9.2 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 9.3 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by age range of the survey participant   
Table 9.4 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.5 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 9.6 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 9.7 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 9.8 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by geographic location of the college   

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