E-book Usage in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion in Pre-pandemic vs. Pandemic Times

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E-book Usage in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion in Pre-pandemic vs. Pandemic Times
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Charleston Conference 2022
Daly, Megan
Edwards, Sheri
Heckathorn, Jason
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Conference Poster


Library research collections in Humanities disciplines such as Classics, Philosophy, and Religion seem to be traditionally print heavy. Researchers in these fields appear to rely on strong print collections for their work. But has the pandemic changed this? When COVID-19 hit in the U.S. in 2020, access to print collections became difficult as libraries closed their doors and patrons began working from home. Although our Libraries developed a curb-side pick-up program so patrons could still use the print collection when the Libraries were closed for COVID-19, could pandemic conditions have turned researchers who normally reached for print resources towards e-book offerings? Our team from the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida will use data from resources like the Cambridge E-Book EBA to examine pre-pandemic use of e-books in the Classics, Philosophy, and Religion subject areas and compare that data with pandemic use of e-books in these same areas to determine how patron e-book use may have changed due to pandemic conditions. The team will also look at recent data in an effort to understand current trends. This information may provide insight into patron activity and preferences and offer guidance for future collection development and budget allocation. It may also give an impression of how the health of print culture in traditionally print-heavy fields has weathered the global impact of COVID-19.
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