Thank you to all of the Piper teachers and KASL librarians who responded to my surveys about collection development and books vs. e-resources. The information gleaned will help me to make the tough decisions about what resources are most needed in what format (since it is more important than ever to justify what is needed!).
Here is a summary of the responses and what it all tells me:
(Approx. 50% of my high school teachers responded for a sample size of 19 responses. 41 Kansas librarians responded. This is a decidedly unscientific sample and interpretation, but it gives me some information to work with.)
68% of teachers said that e-resources would be more useful than books for research their students do.
26% of teachers said that both e-resources and books are useful
5% said “not sure”
Teachers indicated an average percentage breakdown of books vs. e-resources should look like this: 30% books, 70% e-resources.
95% of teachers ranked importance of access to e-resources as a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5
84% of teachers ranked importance of access to content specific databases beyond those offered through KanEd as a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5
16% of teachers ranked importance of database access beyond KanEd as a 2 or 3 on a scale of 1 to 5
85% of responding librarians do not have e-books in their catalogs
Of those that do, half have fiction e-books, and half have nonfiction e-books.
41% have databases beyond those through KanEd and 59% do not.
So what do I glean from this information? I believe this info tells me:
1. My teachers are just about begging for access to more e-resources. They want e-books the most, but also want access to more content specific databases beyond those offered free through KanEd.
2. They recommend (on average) that the breakdown of resources should be one third paper books and two thirds e-resources.
3. Very few responding librarians currently offer e-books in their catalogs and a little less than half offer databases beyond the free ones KanEd offers.
4. Money is short, and I will have to be creative and influential when working to bring my library’s e-offerings up to the level that my teachers expect!
Thank you all for the feeback- I clearly have some work cut out for me in terms of collection development!