Notably, the work here includes a small ethnographic survey of UK HE student perspectives on the constraints and affordances of e-libraries by Dave Randall of Unique Adequacy Ltd. We recommend more work of this kind.
From the executive summary:
This report surveys some of the changes that are affecting or will affect users’ experience of library systems (libUX) within Higher Education.
Factors germane to libUX are surveyed in a changing landscape section of the report. These include hardware and platform issues; most importantly, library system use will be changed markedly by adoption of mobile technology, in part driven by decreasing cost and increasing hardware capability. Discovery is a problematic issue for future libraries; their traditional role in providing search facilities is being undermined by global search services including Google and Google Scholar. Further, the increased prominence of electronic resources (including e-books, online serials, and Open Educational Resources) will change the ways libraries need to operate.
It is proposed that various measures need to be put in place to ensure that libraries can respond to these changes. These measures include implementing libUX roles within libraries, including providing training to develop staff placed in these roles, meaningful involvement of users in the development of future library systems, and appropriate funding.
Results of a small ethnographic survey of school leavers and university students and their perceptions of reading, study, and university libraries are included as an appendix.
The report was commissioned by SCONUL, with funding from JISC.