October 18, 2021

University of Arizona: "Library Looks to Expand e-book Offerings"

From the Arizona Daily Wildcat:

The UA Main Library prefers e-books to paper when it comes to adopting more resources for students.

After receiving feedback from students and conducting loophole assessments at the end of each school year, the library staff has seen requests for more electronic material. As a result, a policy was created to encourage the purchasing of electronic books before paper.

“The library can’t afford to buy things in multiple formats generally,” said Doug Jones, the library’s circulation coordinator. “When we are acquiring materials, the preferred format is electronic and that is based on a lot of feedback from most users.”

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“I find more of my information online, but I think that books are better,” said Melissa Woznicki, a freshman studying family studies and human development. “Obviously, having information online is more convenient and easy. Books tend to be more accurate because anyone can post anything online. Not everyone who uses the library is educated with computers and some people still like to use books. If the library limits their books on the shelf, people might not be able to use them as a resource.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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