LIR 2011 Presentation: Check Out a Kindle!

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An overview of the Check Out a Kindle project at the Library at Queen's University Belfast.

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  • ... no page numbers on the e-books [...] impossible to reference – taught postgrad planner.... I think iPads and Nooks are better – taught postgrad planner.A wider variety of books would have been more interesting including a few from Project Gutenburg– member of staff from Information Services.I was not happy with the display quality as well as the user interface– research postgraduate from Management.
  • Need more books, possibly organised by theme – taught postgrad planner.I found it too frustrating to use, but the screen readability is good – taught postgrad planner.I have since purchased my own kindle ... – undergrad planner.I've realised I like being able to flick through books and physically bookmark pages– staff from Planning.
  • Make people more aware of it, I only stumbled on it by accident -– taught postgrad planner.Make more kindles available – taught postgrad planner.Wider variety of books ...–staff from Information Services.Allow loading of research material by the borrower – staff from Geography
  • LIR 2011 Presentation: Check Out a Kindle!

    1. 1. Dan Holden
    2. 2.  Loan periods of Kindles: ◦ Undergraduates/taught postgrads - 4 weeks ◦ Staff/research postgrads - 12 weeks Can be renewed and reserved Overdue fines charged
    3. 3.  Library website http://bit.ly/b4Qgou Flyers distributed at beginning of lectures ‘Getting Started Guide’ available Dedicated email address kindle@qub.ac.uk Printed and online survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QVXT5JL
    4. 4. Kindle Loans Days not on Loan 1 8 6 2 5 4 3 6 28 4 7 13 5 5 0 Total 31 51 Total no. of Kindle borrowers = 27 (14 planners) Average no. of times print copies loaned = approx. 4
    5. 5.  Did you find the Kindle useful? ◦ Yes = 8 (6 planners) ◦ No = 5 (2 planners) ... no page numbers on the e-books [...] impossible to reference ... I think iPads and Nooks are better A wider variety of books would have been more interesting including a few from Project Gutenburg I was not happy with the display quality as well as the user interface
    6. 6.  Would you borrow a Kindle again or recommend it to a friend? ◦ Yes = 6 (4 planners) ◦ No = 7 (4 planners) Need more books, possibly organised by theme I found it too frustrating to use, but the screen readability is good I have since purchased my own kindle ... Ive realised I like being able to flick through books and physically bookmark pages
    7. 7.  How can we make the Kindle service more useful to you? Make people more aware of it, I only stumbled on it by accident Make more kindles available Wider variety of books ... Allow loading of research material by the borrower

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