A new research report surveys teachers
and librarians to find out how they
are using e-books, personally and in the
classroom, and to identify purchasing,
usage, attitudes, and trends. T he survey,
conducted by educational consulting firm
Egremont Associates, shows that school
librarians are leading the way in bringing
e-books into our nation’s schools, in large
part because they have funding available
to support their e-book purchases. Here
are some of the differences between
teachers and librarians in their responses
to our survey:
More than 92% of librarians say that at least some of their e-book purchases
are funded by their school. Only 30% of teachers say the same thing.
46% of teachers reported never having either bought e-books or obtained
them free. Only 29% of librarians report no e-book acquisitions at all.
e-book-buying librarians have bought an average of 17.9 e-books for
professional development purposes in the past year, compared to teachers’
average of 3.6 e-books purchased for the same reason.
Almost half of teachers (46%) report using a search engine such as
Google to find eBooks. That number is only 15% for librarians, who
are more likely to shop at educational e-stores or use other professional
resources that are available to them.
e-book-buying librarians are somewhat less satisfied with the experience
than teachers who bought them. Some 65% of librarians report being
extremely or very satisfied versus 78% of teachers.
Among educators who have never bought e-books, 21% of librarians say
they are extremely or very likely to do so in the next six months, while only
9% of teachers say they are extremely or very likely to.