E-Book Collections in High School Libraries: Factors Influencing Circulation and Usage
ebooks; school libraries; high schools
When school librarians justify the purchase of electronic books (e-books) for their collections, they need to understand e-book usage patterns and whether or not e-books are meeting the recreational and informational needs of their students and teachers. Although a sizeable body of research is available examining the circulation and usage of e-books in academic and public libraries, there has yet to be a scientific study examining these variables in high school libraries. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of high school e-book collections through the analysis of circulation data and interviews with school librarians. A Relative Use Factor analysis was conducted. Quantitative results revealed that e-book circulation represented a significantly low total circulation for most of the high school libraries examined. Analysis of the interviews revealed commonalities and differences between e-book collections. Findings suggested that purchasing practices and marketing strategies can have a considerable impact on the circulation and use of e-books in high school libraries.
Published in School Library Research, Volume 22, 2019, pages 1-21.
© 2019 School Library Research, American Library Association
Dawkins, A., & Gavigan, K. (2019). E-Book Collections in High School Libraries: Factors Influencing Circulation and Usage. School Library Research, 22. http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/volume22/dawkins-gavigan