US library directors less comfortable with ebooks than digital journals

March 12, 2014

A study of library directors at US 4-year PSE institutions reveals that the transition of journals from print to digital is, “from a budget-allocation perspective,” nearly complete, while the format shift from printed books to ebooks is happening at a “more measured pace.” The study also shows that library directors tend to be more comfortable with the format shift of journals than are faculty members, whereas when it comes to books, library directors may be less aggressive in moving towards electronic formats than faculty members. Not surprisingly, a minority of respondents believe that purchasing print books to build research collections is important; a large majority believe that building local print collections has declined in importance. Full Report