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Ebook Usability CKG Meeting of Apr 7, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

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Meeting ID: 524 438 3674

Roll Call


  • Terri Vogel's update on ER&L meeting
  • IRB Update
    1. Process
    2. Campus PIs
  • Survey timeline
  • Funding for incentives
  • Survey questions
    1. Max. number of questions /Max. Completion time
    2. Draft questionnaires:
      1. Textbooks for undergraduates
      2. General scholar book use for students
      3. Demographics
  • Others?


Ebook Usability CKG Meeting of March 3, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

Attendees: Andrea Duda (UCSB), Carla Arbagey (UCR), Chan Li (CDL) (Chair), Christy Hightower (UCSC), Deanna Johnson (UCD), Elizabeth Salmon(UCM), Frank Gravier (UCSC), Kerry Scott (UCSC), Michele Potter (UCR), Nga Ong (CDL) (Recorder), Sarah Sheets(UCM), Teri Vogel (UCSD), Ying Zhang (UCI)

  • Listserv:
  • New group members introduction
    • Elizabeth Salmon (UCM), Sarah Sheets(UCM), Kerry Scott (UCSC), Christy Hightower (UCSC)
  • Summary of study project
    • New categories not done in UCSC study will be added : User awareness of ebooks, Textbook, new user groups to include faculties and undergraduate students
  • Andrea Duda will give an update on UCSB user study project
    • Follow what UCSC study did, using their survey questions with slight changes but focusing on e-resources on two different user groups: grad students from physical science/engineering and life sciences.
    • Want to know ebook investments are paying off.
    • Did not ask about specific platforms because people don’t particularly notice.
    • Want to get a sense of what ebook features users like or don’t like
    • Timeline: hope to complete this quarter but may go into Spring quarter.
    • Before getting IRB approval, be sure to scan if other UC has similar IRB clearance because it will speed up the approval process. (Chan: UCSC did not need IRB, will share IRB review exemption documents.)
    • For future survey, would be interested to widen user groups to include faculties (selecting decisions; required text or optional) and undergraduate students
    • ACTION: Chan will find out IRB contact at UCSB.
  • Survey study discussion:
    • Participating campuses: UCD, UCI, UCR, UCSD and UCSC
      • UCM would like to participate
    • Update on IRB and Qualtrics
  • ebook platform evaluation: (Defer to next meeting)

Ebook Usability CKG Meeting of February 3, 2017

10:30am - 11:00am

Attendees: Carla Arbagey (UCR), Frank Gravier (UCSC), Chan Li (CDL) (Chair), Nga Ong (CDL) (Recorder), Michele Potter (UCR), Teri Vogel (UCSD), Ying Zhang (UCI)

Unable to attend: Andrea Duda (UCSB), Deanna Johnson (UCD)


  • Project interests
    -Received 5 responses from survey. Only UCSB has the funding to support a focus group user study. 
    -Due to lack of funding, doing a system wide User survey is more feasible. 

  • User study
  • Current ebook platform evaluation
    • Current packages, evaluation criteria
      • The objective is to come up with a set of most desirable criteria based on our user survey as a way to push publishers toward a more standardized ebook platform.
      • Refer to Ebook Platform Evaluation spreadsheet on Google Doc:
      • ACTION: Chan will reorganize the CDL purchased package (in Existing ebook platforms tab) into different categories (Aggregator, DDA, etc.):
      • TO DO: Members will look at the package list in the Existing ebook platforms tab and add other ebook packages that they would like to include in the study
      • TO DO: Members will look at the evaluation criteria (in the Evaluation Criteria tab) and add more criteria, if they wish.

  • Usage data comparison between print and ebooks (Agenda item will be discussed in next meeting)
    • Cambridge ebooks  with share print copies (B & I)

  • Decision: Will have Regular meeting via conference call first Friday of each month.

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