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June 23, 2013
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Does the introduction of a discovery search engine correlate with an increased use of science and engineering electronic books?Academic libraries are moving toward the use of ebooks at an unprecedented rate and nowhere isthe shift more evident than in science and engineering libraries. Collections such as Knovel,Books 24x7, Springer and Synthesis have been providing online access to science andengineering literature for several years and are leading the way for other disciplines now movingto this format.More recently, new tools that attempt to better expose all types of library formats (e.g. printbooks, online journal articles, etc.) have made their appearance with the promise of renderinglibrary collections easier to discover by replicating the one-stop shopping experience that usersof the Google era have come to know and expect. New discovery search tools such as Summon,Primo, WorldCat Local and others now offer a greater depth (through table of contents, chapter-level and even full-text searching) and breadth (covering ebooks, ebook chapters, journal articles,data, and other resources) than ever before. What implications do these new discovery tools havefor access to existing ebook collections in science and engineering? With the costs of both ebookpackages and discovery tools making up an ever-growing portion of library budgets, do thesetools provide better access to collections than do traditional online catalogues?In this paper, we examine the use of science and engineering ebook collections in three leadingCanadian academic libraries: XXXXX, XXXXX and XXXXX to test the hypothesis thatintroducing a latest generation discovery search tool, such as Summon or WorldCat Local, in alarge academic library correlates with increased usage of major science and engineeringelectronic resources. The study will compare usage of ebook collections such as Books 24x7,Knovel Academic ebook collection, Springer ebook collection, Synthesis ebook collection, andothers that all three institutions have in common prior to and after implementation of a discoverytool. The study will also compare two specific discovery tools: Summon and WorldCat Local todetermine whether there are differences in ebook collection usage based on choice of discoverytool.
Barsky, E., & Dooley, S. J., & Mawhinney, T., & Peterson, Z., & Spence, M. (2013, June), Influence of Discovery Search Tools on Science and Engineering e-books Usage Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19758
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