Asee peer logo

Students, Vendor Platforms, and E-textbooks: Using E-books as E-textbooks

Download Paper |

Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering Libraries (ELD) Poster Session

Tagged Division

Engineering Libraries

Page Count

27

Page Numbers

23.1109.1 - 23.1109.27

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/22494

Download Count

29

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Sara M. Samuel University of Michigan Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6808-2514

visit author page

Sara M. Samuel is an engineering librarian at the University of Michigan where she is a liaison to the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Department, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department.

visit author page

biography

Natsuko Hayashi Nicholls University of Michigan

visit author page

Dr. Natsuko Hayashi Nicholls is a CLIR/DLF Data Curation fellow, associate librarian, and a full-time researcher affiliated with the Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services. Since the summer of 2012, Natsuko has been involved in developing and implementing library data services.
After joining the University of Michigan Library in 2009, the majority of her time and effort has been dedicated to textbook initiatives at the University of Michigan Library. Her research orientation and knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methodological techniques has enabled her to conduct several textbook-related studies that examine and assess a wide range of potential roles the Library can play in increasing textbook affordability for the Michigan scholarly community.
Natsuko most recently served as a project manager for the campus-wide eTextbook Initiative led by the University Library.

visit author page

biography

Leena N Lalwani University of Michigan Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-1881-2181

visit author page

Leena Lalwani is the coordinator for the Arts and Engineering Collection at the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) at the University of Michigan. She is also the liaison Librarian for Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Entrepreneurship. In addition, she is the patent specialist for her library. Prior to joining University of Michigan, Leena has worked as Librarian at Gelman Sciences and American Tobacco Company. Leena has a M.L.S. degree from Catholic University of America and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai.

visit author page

biography

David S. Carter University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

visit author page

David S. Carter is an engineering librarian for the departments of electrical engineering and computer science; and the video game archivist at the University of Michigan.

visit author page

biography

Paul F. Grochowski University of Michigan Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9075-8821

visit author page

Paul Grochowski is an associate librarian at the University of Michigan's Art, Architecture & Engineering Library. He is liaison to the Aerospace Engineering, IOE, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences departments.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

Work in Progress: E-Textbooks for Engineering CoursesAbstract:Considering the cost of textbooks, our library has been working to make copies oftextbooks available for all engineering courses. We purchase electronic copies oftextbooks when they are available for institutional access. In fall of 2011 we provided 41e-textbooks for 36 courses, or approximately 8% of all engineering courses, with anaggregate enrollment of 2072 students. In fall of 2012, we are providing 73 e-textbooksfor 62 courses, or approximately 15% of all engineering courses.To learn about students’ experiences in using the e-textbooks, in fall 2011 we sent a survey to the2072 students. We had 299 usable responses, for a 15% response rate. Results of the surveyhelped us compare various e-textbook formats on nine platforms. Findings from the surveyguided changes to some of our procedures for providing and announcing e-textbooks in 2012.We will continue our study this fall with a second survey.We provide access to books on various platforms including MyiLibrary, ebrary, EBL, Knovel,ScienceDirect, SpringerLink, Wiley, and Safari. Our survey asks students to rate usability inregard to ease of use, ease of access, reading, printing, sharing, taking notes, searching, andothers, and asks them to rate overall satisfaction.In our 2011 survey, 44% of survey respondents reported having used the e-textbooks. Of thosewho had used the e-textbooks, 67% expressed overall satisfaction with them.This paper discusses our survey findings for the two years of the survey by focusing on studentresponses to the usability questions and student responses to open questions. We also presentdata for individual e-book vendors in order to draw some comparisons in usability between thedifferent vendors.

Samuel, S. M., & Nicholls, N. H., & Lalwani, L. N., & Carter, D. S., & Grochowski, P. F. (2013, June), Students, Vendor Platforms, and E-textbooks: Using E-books as E-textbooks Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22494

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2013 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015