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Trends in the use of digital libraries by scientists in 2000-2005: A case study of FinELib

Pertti Vakkari

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


This study explores the trends in the use of electronic material and digital libraries by university faculty between the years 2000 and 2005. The data consist of nationwide web-based surveys of the end-users of FinELib, Finnish National Electronic Library, at all Finnish universities. Although material provision has grown tremendously and consequently the use of electronic literature and of FinELib, the clients were polarizing into frequent and infrequent users. Perceived availability of the material provided was a major factor influencing this polarization. Availability was significantly stronger predictor of the use than users’ discipline. It seems that availability underlies the disciplinary variation in the use of digital libraries.

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