Survey Designed by Librarians Received 906 Respondents From Approximately
300 Higher Education Institutions
PALO ALTO, CALIF., November 5 /CNW/ - ebrary(R) (www.ebrary.com), a
leading provider of e-content services and technology, today announced that
the results of its first Global Faculty E-book Survey, completed by 906
faculty members throughout the world, are now publicly available at no cost.
Anyone interested in receiving a copy may register:
will also be available at ebrary's table (#20) at the XXVII Annual Charleston
Conference, Wednesday, November 7, 2007 in Charleston, SC, USA.
The 2007 Global Faculty E-book survey was developed by more than 200
librarians and is the first of its kind. ebrary plans to periodically repeat
the survey to compare how the dynamics of print and electronic resources,
usage, and attitudes among faculty members change over time. The survey was
designed to better understand faculty experience with electronic resources and
printed materials. Learning objectives included usage for research and
instruction, perceived strengths and weaknesses, attitudes, and instruction
experience and preferences.
Key survey findings:
-- Approximately 50 percent of respondents indicated they prefer using
online resources for research, class preparation, and instruction versus 18
percent who prefer print resources.
-- 85 percent of respondents viewed information literacy as very
necessary, compared to 15 percent who stated it is somewhat necessary and less
than 1 percent who find it unnecessary.
-- Almost an equal number of faculty members require students to use
electronic resources as print for course assignments.
-- 53 percent of respondents indicated that Google and other search
engines are powerful tools for finding information. 29 percent indicated
Google and other search engines are more useful tools than the print resources
provided by the library, compared to 11 percent who indicated they are more
useful than library-provided electronic resources.
Librarians, faculty members, publishers, and others are encouraged to
write papers on the 2007 Global Faculty E-book Survey. An insightful analysis
by Allen W. McKiel, Director of Libraries at Northeastern State University, is
included with the survey results. For more information, please email
For further information:
For further information: Wagner Communications Tish Wagner,