Using ebooks in teaching and learning


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Discusses some of the issues involved in using ebooks. Created by Linda Neyer, a librarian at Andruss Library, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg PA.

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  • This session will demonstrate how to use the *ebrary Academic Collection,* a new database of ebooks available through Andruss Library website, to supplement facultycourse readings and research. I’m going to demonstratehow to use the collection’s rich content and interactive features, such as annotating and highlighting books in the database, saving one’s selections and annotations for future use, and creating permanent URLs for ‘folders’ which can be shared with students or colleagues with access to ebrary. The Library has purchased ebooks from other vendors besides ebrary; for example, NetLibrary, Oxford University Press, Gale, and Elsevier. These can be found in PILOT, our catalog, and accessed via links at the top of the records as well as on our databases pages. The reason I’ve chosen to demonstrate ebrary is that we purchased access to the ebrary Academic Collection, a collection of over 52,000 ebooks, this academic year, in part to make for a lack of collecting this past year and in part as an experiment. We are watching usage closely to see if we’ll continue it for next year.
  • Two of the largest aggregators have just been purchased by 2 competitors, EBSCO (owns NetLibrary) and ProQuest (owns ebrary); JSTOR also is getting into market with academic presses. In deciding to acquire ebooks, there are a whole hose of issues that need to be considered:--Type of Content purchased: reference & trade books, yes; recreational reading, no--Type of Format: webonly; not downloadable (ebrary is viewable via a smart phone)--Which “business” model to use for acquisitions: we’ve opted for both subscription andpurchase of single titles (but not pay-per-view,i.e. ‘patron driven’ yet) from multiplevendors or aggregators; for titles we purchase, we are buying a single-user access; *ebrary AC* is multiple-user access--Licensing & Copyright issues: what is the effect on interlibrary loan and e-reserves (ebooks cannot be loaned; to my knowledge only Springer allows for ILL of book chapters – they have no DRM.) However, ebrary does allow and in fact encourages posting of anunique URL on course pages, CMS’s, which will allow for e-reserves; this summer NetLibrary will follow suit--Accessibility - Ebrary is 508 compliant; Netlibrary is switching to the familiar EBSCOhost format, will also be compliant
  • Study presented at the recent ACRL conf (national association of college & research libraries) done by librarians at Miami University in Ohio of 1,471 students, reported on user attitudes towards e-books. Asked to rank 13 statements, respondents indicated if they identified more as aBook lovers have an “inherent affinity for the print form” (“There is just something about sitting down and reading a physical book”)Technophile are primarily interested in the possibilities of new technologies as regards the book (“…if everything was on-line then everyone… could have access to [the ebook]”)Printers prefer print books because they have some difficulties with ebook usability (“I do not like to read stuff online; I have to print it… e-books would be good if you could print the stuff out you needed.”)Pragmatists are the most neutral; they are most interested in content and can see pros and cons to both formats (“There are times when it is beneficial to have a paper book…”) – sees advantages of both sidesOverall, the authors found that Book Lovers made up 34%, Technophiles 23%, Pragmatists 17%, and Printers 26%
  • Faculty can use for instructional purposes:--In addition to the ability to annotate and highlight, --Can create in-text hyperlinks, permanently save book to a ‘Bookshelf’, and create folders in your Bookshelf to share with others--Can also work with RefWorks or EndNote research management tools
  • --Access:via Find Books and More and Find Articles & More on our webpage; searchable in PILOT, our catalog--‘Help’ links in database subscription--I’ve listed some recently acquired single-license books
  • You will get a message; timeout is an hour of inactivity. Does work.
  • Introduction – Come in via the database first-Options (tabs) for Info, Search, Quick View, Bookshelf to change views-The Info page provides a way to browse the books by either Subject or Publisher-Info page also provides some ‘Getting Started’ tools; there’s also a ‘Help’ feature in upper right corner-Browse: Education > (note you are in ‘Search’ view now) Higher Education > United States > Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher education (note you are now in ‘Quick View’)Book level:-Quick View options: Navigation by TOC or Arrows; can adjust Screen size; search within book for word -Unity Reader (mainadv is Text to Speech)-Annotating or highlighting features, need to select text first; can also use InfoTools – copy, print (page, chapter or up to 60 pages)-InfoToolsto Search (PILOT: A Will to Learn – leave off ‘A’), Define (Ch 6: disciplines) -RefWorks-Add to Bookshelf – two options to log in to Bookshelf: if sharing with students, recommend you use your Husky (BOLT) login -Can put books in ‘Folders’ (‘Gaming’), which you can then ‘share’ using permanent URL-[Show ‘Usability’ folder as example of how one can assign specific chapters]-[Search feature: lets you search by title or chapter (ex. ‘labor relations’)]Last point: if you come in through PILOT, our catalog, you’ll automatically be taken to the Quick View BookshelvesEx.: nursing research; limit: InternetNetLibrary, InternetEbrary, InternetOwnEbrary; select Can just post URL (no annotations)ConclusionThe Library currently has a subscription to over 52,000 ebooks; examine them; in effect, this is our ‘trial’ yearTake advantage of the instructional nature of ebooks; can assign supplementary readings; will not take place of a textbook (publishers will not provide access)Don’t overlook the NetLibrary books; they also are available; NetLibrary will be changing to the EBSCOhost format this summer, with very similar featuresIf you request we purchase an ebook, remember it will be a single user license, and someone must sign out or be inactive for 1 hour before book is available to someone else
  • Using ebooks in teaching and learning

    1. 1. Using ebooks in Teaching and Learning <br />April 19, 2011<br />Linda Neyer<br />
    2. 2. ebook issues<br />Volatile, developing market<br />Decisions, decisions, decisions!<br />Content<br />Format <br />Business model <br />InternetEbrary and InternetOwnEbrary<br />Licensing & Copyright<br />Accessibility<br />
    3. 3. Book lover, Technophile, Printer, or Pragmatist?<br />
    4. 4. Advantages of ebooks<br />Accessible 24/7 from anywhere<br />Almost always available, never ‘missing’ or ‘overdue’<br />Searchable text<br />Annotate or highlight text<br />Additional features<br />
    5. 5. How to use<br />Multiple access points for ebrary Academic Collection <br />‘Help’ links in database description: <br />“For a 'Quick Guide' on how to use, click here. For an 11-minute training video, click here.”<br />Recently acquired single-license ebrary books:<br />Facebook and Philosophy : What's on Your Mind?<br />Mapping different geographies<br />Mirage of a Space Between Nature and Nurture<br />Victims of sexual assault and abuse<br />in PILOT: InternetEbraryOwn(notInternetEbrary)<br />
    6. 6. If a book is “out” --<br />
    7. 7. Questions?<br />