As more advanced technology changes the way students read and learn, UNC faculty are exploring how to take advantage.
The faculty executive committee set plans Monday to create a panel for discussing e-books in order to better understand the opportunity they present.
Jean DeSaix, senior lecturer in biology, said the panel would include a representative from Student Stores, a representative from the library, a publisher and at least one student.
Anne Whisnant, deputy secretary of the faculty, said the panel would take place at the Faculty Council’s next meeting on March 16. She said it would help educate faculty on the issues facing e-book users on campus, such as wireless connectivity.
“There was a convergence of interest in e-books in particular,” DeSaix said, adding that the University Libraries and the Center for Faculty Excellence have collected data on the subject.
Luke Swindler, coordinator for general collections at the University Libraries, said the library sent out a survey in January about e-book use.
The libraries received more than 700 responses from faculty, graduate students and undergraduates and are still analyzing that data, he said.
After sending out the survey, the libraries also invited small focus groups to answer questions about their e-book use, Swindler said. Many participants were confused about how to locate and access the e-books available through the libraries’ online catalog.
“Where publishers are on e-books, it’s like the Wild West,” Swindler said. “There are no standards, and so they vary.”