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As a means of aiding students who struggle with the high cost of textbooks, some libraries now leverage their ebook subscription packages to provide etextbooks for courses. In this institution, the engineering librarians routinely offer ebook versions of engineering textbooks whenever possible. Although this institution has been following this principle for the past ten years, it has done so with little direct knowledge of students’ preferences regarding their options for print versus ebook format for their textbooks, and some studies have shown that students expressed a preference for using their textbooks in print format. To assess the usefulness of the service of providing etextbooks, the librarians in this institution have developed and plan to send a survey to engineering graduate and undergraduate students whose textbooks are available as etextbooks. The survey seeks to learn about students’ use of the ebooks and their opinions about etextbooks. As a follow up to the survey, a focus group that will provide more qualitative information is planned. Survey and focus group results may inform not only changes to the service of providing etextbooks, but also can be shared with publishers to potentially inform improvements to ebook platforms. This paper reports on the results of the survey and focus group and implications for the future.
Lalwani, L. N., & Grochowski, P. F., & Niehof, J. M., & Smith, C. E. (2020, June), Library Facilitation of eTextbooks in Engineering Classes: Student Adoption and Perception Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34924
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