Research Article: “Investigating Textbook Reserves: A Case Study of Two Models for Reserves Collections”
The following article appears in the latest issue of C&RL (College & Research Libraries).
Investigating Textbook Reserves: A Case Study of Two Models for Reserves Collections
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois-Chicago
C&RL (College & Research Libraries)
Vol. 78, No. 1 (January 2017)
This article examines the behaviors and preferences of medical and nursing students in relation to their required textbooks and library reserves. The findings are based on an April 2015 survey at the University of Illinois-Chicago satellite Library of the Health Sciences in Urbana, where the library provides access to textbooks through traditional “closed” reserves in addition to an “open” reserves collection. Results indicate several barriers to usability regarding traditional reserves services and suggest that students prefer open reserves for convenience and savings. While broad applicability of the model warrants further investigation, academic libraries may be better able to meet patron needs by implementing open textbook reserves.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.