EBSCO eBook Collection Usage

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EBSCO eBook Collection includes electronic books held by the AUM Library. Access to titles is available through the Library’s online catalog as well as through the EBSCO eBook Collection homepage. The Library has access to five shared collections, purchased through the Southeastern Library Information Network (SOLINET). The Library has recently purchased a software interface that will allow our students easier off-campus access. They will no longer be required to come in to the Library to create an account before they can view the titles from off-site.

Electronic books remain valuable for the Library. This year, however, marked the first decrease in usage (5%) since the Library began adding e-books. Possibilities for this include the fact that because these are consortial purchases, they are not updated. Materials in Business and Information Systems may have gone out of date and no longer have the value that they once did.

The busiest subject areas of the collections held by AUM include Business, Economics and Management first, followed by Social Sciences (General), and Literature, which has supplanted Computer Science. The rankings for the past two years are listed below:

2005-2006 2004-2005
1. Business, Economics & Management 1. Business, Economics & Management
2. Social Sciences: General 2. Social Sciences: General
3. Literature 3. Computer Science
4. Computer Science 4. Literature
5. Medicine 5. Medicine


Subjects

Accesses

Business, Economics & Management

725

Social Sciences: General

724

Literature

649

Computer Science

612

Medicine

585

Education

297

Arts

193

Psychology

150

Law

148

History: World & General

139

Biology & Life Sciences

 98

Home Economics

 83

Philosophy

 82

Religion

 77

Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing

 75

Networking and Telecommunications

 73

Language and Linguistics

 73

History: United States

 70

Political Science

 65

Sports & Recreation

 52

Mathematics and Statistics

 51

Library Science and Publishing

 41

Travel and Geography

 33

Agriculture

 32

General Works and Reference

 26

Science: General

 20

Other

  8

Earth Sciences

 6

Physics

 3

Chemistry

 2

Sociology and Anthropology

 1

Total

5,193

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