University Head of Access Services Viki Timian said there are some signs that print circulation may be down at the University.
But changes have been minimal. From 2009 to 2010, checkout numbers for undergraduate leisure reading dropped by 83 books, but graduate checkout numbers rose and the numbers could fluctuate from year to year.
“There is a slight downward trend, and I’m not sure what the percentage is, for the checkout of books overall,” she said. “But it’s a very small amount.”
Nielsen said it’s also hard to compare the checkout rate of the University’s 30,000 volume e-book collection to the main circulation materials.
“For e-books, we can get numbers on there as far as usage,” she said. “The problem is that they come from different publishers and vendors so we have to get them from all the different suppliers. It’s not all one place like regular books.”
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