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School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia


Pervaiz Ahmad is an Assistant Professor in Library and Information Science from Allama Iqbal Open University. In 2010, Pervaiz won an Australian Government competitive scholarship to pursue PhD studies in Australia. Pervaiz’s topic area is E‐book adoption in Academic & Research Libraries.

In this seminar, Pervaiz introduces the methods of data mining and deep log analysis that he is using to investigate and understand patterns of E-book user behavior and acceptance in academic libraries. Pervaiz will present analysis outcomes from investigation of one year’s worth of EBL transaction log data. The presentation also explores the concept of the ‘power’ E-book user, i.e. the user with a pattern of use that describes intensity very different from the average or median user.

The seminar will be of interest to LIS practitioners interested in E-book adoption and the use of data mining techniques with transaction logs.


From a fledgling technology with no proven business models, Electronic books (E-books) have grown in importance. Nowhere is this more apparent than in academic libraries, where E-books in many libraries now account for more than half of the library acquisitions budget (Huthwaite et al., 2011). In situations where funding is scarce and E-book adoption requires substantial budgetary provision, libraries must establish the level and extent of E-book use and ascertain factors that point to the worth of E-books as library resources (Crosetto, 2011, p. 125). Consequently, user needs assessment and the analysis of E-book usage patterns have become key factors in managing library collections effectively (Al, Soydal, & Tonta, 2010).