November 22, 2019

Research Article: “Book Format Preferences of Community College and Four-Year College Students: Results from Two Urban Campuses”

The following article was recently published by Urban Library Journal (formerly Urban Academic Librarian) published by the Library Association of the City University of New York in collaboration with the Office of Library Services.

Title

Book Format Preferences of Community College and Four-Year College Students: Results from Two Urban Campuses

Authors

John Carey
CUNY Hunter College

Ajatshatru Pathak
CUNY Hunter College

Source

Urban Library Journal
Volume 25, Issue 1 (2019)

Abstract

This study compared the preferences of community college (two-year) and four-year college students at two public institutions with regard to accessing monographs in print or electronic formats. Results from 79 completed surveys indicate some preference for print among both populations, with approximately 52% of study participants preferring print books and 39% preferring e-books. While the popularity of print prevailed across a wide range of demographic groups and fields of study, the researchers also identified specific cohorts of participants who preferred e-books. Librarians at both community and senior colleges can use these findings to help inform collection development decisions.

Direct to Full Text Article
13 pages; PDF.

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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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