Faculty Members Prefer Digitized Texts

Faculty members overwhelmingly prefer using online material to printed material, according to the results of a survey released this week by Ebrary, a company that provides electronic content and technology to libraries, publishers, and other businesses. The survey shows that half of faculty members prefer electronic resources, and 18 percent prefer print. Another 32 percent said they had no preference. Also, 77 percent of those surveyed said electronic journals "provide more effective access for most of my research" or "are easier to use for most of my research." The results were based on responses of 906 faculty members from 300 colleges and 38 countries. Ebrary sought respondents via its Web site. Allen W. McKiel, director of libraries at Northeastern State University, who also serves on an Ebrary advisory committee, says he has concluded from the survey that, among other things, faculty members want portable reading devices and more electronic content.

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