Nariani OLA2010 ebooks
Presentation on ebook platforms by Rajiv Nariani at the OLA Super Conference in Feb 2010.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nariani OLA2010 ebooks
Comparing Scholars Portal & ebrary
York University Libraries
OLA Super Conference 2010
Session # 1822, 27th Feb 2010
Focus: Undergraduate students
• Explore Scholars Portal and ebrary e-book
platforms: Undergraduate students
• Conduct searches: Mentioned the preferred
features on both platforms & completed
• Future research
About the survey
• Survey in February 2010
• 20 Students from Kinesiology, Liberal Arts,
Linguistics, Chemistry, Computer Science,
• 10 Completed an online survey and exercise
and 20 students used these e-book platforms
to do some searches and give suggestions
$$ for Candidates
$ 15/45 mins
• Level of study, Major
• Have you used e-books? 90% Yes
• Do you know that e-books are available to
read and/or download from YUL website? 80%
• On an average how often do you use e-books?
• In a typical session, how long do you spend
reading an e-book from the screen: 11-20
How long do you spend reading a book online
Which e-book packages accessed?
• EBL: Jan Sapp’s book on this platform
• Encyclopedia Britannica Online
• Merck Index
• Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
• CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
• Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
• None of the above (50%) – Google books, e-
Course textbooks/reserves: E-books!
Q. How do you find e-books?
• From the library catalogue
• Next was from the library desk/librarian
How do you find and access e-books?
•Access is a problem
•Web or by accident
•Do not use e-books
E-book readers: YES!
2009 – ebrary: User sessions
course - reading
reqd for a
2009 – ebrary: Pages viewed
11 copies – 2
on 25th Feb
2009/08: ebrary Usage data
Title (% increase User sessions User sessions Page views Page views
in user sessions) 2009 2008 2009 2008
The law of 1371 662 27639 18064
Criminal law 753 313 12063 7975
Understanding 2506 1729 1041 1687
health care (44%)
The Law of Torts 409 234 7762 4749
The Law of 3133 189 428 14
• Clean Interface
• Difficulty in adding row – when asked to
search for a Title and the Author
• Did not know what Browse means & did
How do I read this?
Important features in SP e-books platform
Icons: contrast required
Searching within a book – Very good
Is it supported on iPhone?
Can we flip pages on iPad?
Thumbnails - Great! On iPad too?
Find e-books: Organic chemistry-Botany-Zoology
Browse & book covers: good features
Features in Scholars Portal E-book platform
• Limit to free and/or subscribed collection
• Browse subject collections: not understood
• Print copy paste: desired
• Add to my personal list: desired
• Permanent link: not understood – full-text?
• Convert to PDF (good for reader): functionality
• Limit by subscribed and free content: teaching
• AND - NOT - OR: Boolean operators supported
ebrary start page
Browse All Subjects?
ebrary Advanced search
ebrary: Search button difficult to find
Like Medline (Ovid)!
InfoTools/Features in ebrary
Translation – Notes: Good features
Annotation: Getting back to that page is very useful
Translation – Chinese? Japanese?
Bookshelf: Very good feature
Findability & citation tools
Reverse it Confusing RW
Good of SP Good of EB
Which Citation do I use?
ebrary - to - RefWorks
ebrary - Native
Scholars Portal to RefWorks
RefWorks versus WizFolio
• Browse subject collections: Wordings
• InfoTools: Translate, Notes, RefWorks
• Highlight text - difficulty
• Auto-citation for the book: hidden
• No conversion to PDF: Mobile users?
• AND OR NOT: supported though not clear
• Students were not able to access it on their
• Site was slow or not functioning at times
Undergraduate students: Features preferred in e-books
Graduate Students: Features preferred in e-books
Faculty: Features preferred in e-books
Some desired features
• Copy - paste- print-download unlimited – 30 page
limit in SP for extraction - 10 page ebrary
• Annotation & auto-citation feature in SP
• Hyper-linking to other books & journal articles
from within the content
• Download to laptop in SP
• My list (personal book shelf)
• Having course reserves/textbooks as e-books and
on e-book readers
• Less clicks to get to pages
• Compatibility with mobile devices
U.S. Universities: What are they saying
• High demand for reserves
• Switching to buy more reference e-books
• Libraries buying Sony e-book readers
• Demand is high in the sciences and social
• Should be easy to print & use (DRM)
• Problems with Java based plug-in reader.
Special instructions for Firefox3
• Library receives royalty from sales (if users
click and buy from Amazon)
Platform Comparison charts
• JISC Compare e-book platforms:
• Scholars Portal & ebrary platform Comparison chart
E-book platform comparison chart
Created on: 25th Feb 2010
• Experiment with e-book reader
• Is it being checked out
• What are the requests that we get
• Can we load full-text content – which
publishers will allow that
• Compatibility with mobile devices
• Text-to-speech & Zoom features: Explore for
students with special requirements