Understanding e-book usage: using citation analysis to inform study skills teaching

Groves, Antony (2014) Understanding e-book usage: using citation analysis to inform study skills teaching. In: LILAC 2014, 23-25 April 2014, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Abstract

To deliver effective information literacy teaching, an accurate understanding of user behaviour is vital. The increasing availability and use of e-books will impact upon student information seeking behaviour. We need to understand the extent of this if we wish to include the most appropriate content in the teaching that we deliver.

This poster will show the findings of a recent piece of research at the University of Sussex that has taken an innovative approach to exploring user behaviour. The research considers the establishment of a more sophisticated measure of e-book usage that will inform information literacy teaching by focusing on user behaviour. Specifically this involves measuring e-book usage based on a new methodology concerning citation analysis and qualitative interviews instead of solely gathering data relating to traditional access counts such as full-text download.

By analysing e-book citations in student coursework it has been possible to get a more complete picture of the e-books being used by our students, not just those that are held by the library. In addition, interviewing students directly has helped to uncover the ways in which students are searching for and interacting with e-books. This allows us to see exactly how students are using e-books and their reasons for doing so, as opposed to simply relying on our interpretations of the usage data that we collect. This poster will share our findings.

Gathering information about these various aspects of user behaviour will help to identify gaps in practice and enable us to improve the information seeking and evaluation skills of our users. Furthermore it will help us to understand the barriers that our students face in accessing e-books and by highlighting these we can work towards making our collections as discoverable as possible, in addition to equipping our students with the skills needed to discover them.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Schools and Departments: Professional Services > Library
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z0665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z0719 Libraries (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
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Depositing User: Antony Groves
Date Deposited: 18 May 2014 10:33
Last Modified: 18 May 2014 10:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/48716

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