Levine-Clark’s research on ebook usage in academic libraries has examined how much time library users have interacted with ebooks, if there are general patterns by subject, whether disciplinary preferences could be identified, what the best ways to measure use were, and if those patterns and preferences could help shape collections and guide library services.
This presentation will share a first-person account of the experiences of a library director and an institutional research and training director – detailing how they purchased search term and eBook download data from a major discovery tool vendor, their processes for working through the analysis of data and how they dealt with limitations related to not being able create a one-to-one link between patron search data and eBook downloads during the same period.
Furthermore, we will explore ARL directors perceived advantages and challenges to working with library learning analytics data through the lens of data privacy concerns. Potential uses for identifiable library learning analytic data will be discussed, including how this data could be used to inform institutional research. Potential concerns with using identifiable data will also be discussed. In addition, we will provide alternatives to working with identifiable data yet discuss the limitations of doing so with related research endeavors.
This interactive presentation will frequently audience participation and provide ample time for Q&A.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.