Remote access-not only at our different campuses but also to be able to study from home. Also at the time we were having to close down our main site library for refurbishment and ebooks seemed like a solution to continuing to provide access to books.
Dawsonera-over 700 titles, titles owned in perpetuity, pay-as-you-go basis (no tie-in to bundles), unlimited simultaneous access-chosen due to content available-content mapping-content is king! Ebrary – over 3000 titles, free JISC subscription til 2014, unlimited simultaneous access Credo Reference – over 500 reference titles, JISC subscription.
Usually the 1 st way they access ebooks is through an e-resource workshop which can be booked throughout the year on-demand
Copy and paste text-self management of copyright entitlement and practise in referencing and citation Text magnification-great for visually impaired and dyslexic students as they can read small chunks of text Suggest for purchase-empowers student-quite well used
Joint degree-BA Hospitality Management. The college also runs an NC/HNC/HND course in Hospitality Management so print books can be difficult to get hold of ESOL students-use online language dictionaries available in Credo, guides to major cities in Britain, citizenship ebooks, driving test ebooks. Built Environment students-expensive reference only books (contracts, pricing handbooks) now available. Books are often oversubscribed so ebook solves problem, financially and service-wise Supported learning students-disabled students / visually impaired / dyslexic. Can use text to speech
For use in CPD – growing number of titles on PDA/TQFE reading lists are available for staff to consult. Books available on issues such education, supported learning
Class workshops-encourage students to approach library staff with recommendations for purchases or click recommend for purchase button-timing of workshops crucial at start of term Staff workshops or 1to1-providing information on how staff can use ebooks within the curriculum and how to embed on the VLE.
Statistics-usage is strong and continually growing year after year. Annual user student feedback-have grown our ebook collection this academic year by 100% due to student demand. This year’s survey again has highlighted the importance of ebooks and were cited as the most important e-resource.
Increased promotion & collaboration with staff-the key to uptake of the resource lies partly in academic staff being aware of the resource, how the students can use it and how they can use it to further the learning and teaching process
Nicola Buddo - eBooks: Opening Doors to Learning
e-books-opening doors to learning Nicola Buddo, Digital Librarian
Introduction <ul><li>Background-why e-books? </li></ul><ul><li>E-book platforms and providers </li></ul><ul><li>Access to e-books </li></ul><ul><li>Features of e-books </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of e-books – case studies </li></ul><ul><li>How are staff using e-books? </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>The future…. </li></ul>
Background-why ebooks? ● Demand for remote access ● Increase in learner expectation- 24/7 access ● Increasing volume of demand for core textbooks ● Increase in numbers of part-time students ● Availability of relevant content in e-book format
Features of e-books ● Search facility and table of contents browsing ● Copy and paste text ● Easy to use interface ● Print ● Text magnification ● Suggest for purchase ● Personalisation-bookshelf, annotation ● Ability to read online OR download book as a pdf ● Ability to cross-reference information easily within other information sources
Benefits of e-books: Case Studies ● Joint degree course students ● ESOL students ● Built Environment students ● Sports students ● Supported learning students
How are staff using ebooks? ● As a teaching tool-used “live” within the physical classroom and used in the virtual classroom ● As a research tool-to enhance knowledge in their particular field(s) ● For use in CPD – eg. PDA / TQFA course reading lists ● As a method of providing access to supplementary reading and promotion thereof to students
Promotion ● Class workshops ● Staff workshops or 1 to 1’s ● Service point / point of reference ● Library website / blog / subject guides ● VLE ● Promotional items-eg. shelf wobblers, posters
Feedback ● Annual user student survey ● Staff feedback: “ I am no Elizabeth Bennet but I've fallen in love on the web. He's intelligent, at times witty, and uses different communication methods to WOW me! He's dependable, available 24/7 and committed to pleasing me. I'll let you into a secret: He's Mr e-books. My only concern is how faithful he is? I think he's seeing other people! A fabulous resource that everybody should use”. Jane McQueen, Curriculum Leader, Hospitality ● Statistics ● Focus group findings
The future…. ● Merged college means growth of digital library including e-books ● Increased promotion and collaboration / training with academic staff ● Further development of instructional guides for students and staff ● Further communication between e-book publishers/aggregators in supplying a broader range of titles