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E-Resources are Cool!

[This post is based on a Graduate Trainee Session on E-Developments and my own experiences.  See the introductory post here. ]

Top 10 Reasons that E-Resources are Cool!

  • Online collections are more accessible. Readers have access to e-resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – whenever and wherever they are (as long as they have internet connection!)
  • E -books are always in stock so there is no need to wait for reservations, you can get a copy instantly.
  • Marking e-books is fine! E-books are personal and readers can highlight and annotate without destroying the original book!
  • When reading e-Books you can change the font style, colour and more to make reading more comfortable and enjoyable.
  • E-resources add value to service
  • E-resource opens up collections to new readers (e.g. distance learners)
  • There is no wear or tear on collections, the original book can be preserved and readers have access to a text in pristine condition – no missing pages or dusty covers!
  • E-books enable full text searches so you can find what you need quickly
  • E-books are portable! You can read on the go with a laptop, notebook, eReader or mobile device.
  • No more fines! E-books automatically remove from your device meaning no late fines!

And the downsides in brief…

  • e-resources can be expensive!
  • e-resources involve a lot of testing, we need to be certain that our resources will work on a number of different mobile platforms as well on the usual PC/MAC
  • Keeping up to date when technology improves can be costly and time consuming
  • Ensuring readers understand how to access and use the latest e-resources effectively is another challenge

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New Technology and E-Resources

There is no denying that the future of libraries is digital and a lot of my recent training has emphasised the latest digital and technological trends in libraries right now.

  • On a visit to Oxford Brookes University library we were given a brief talk about how their use of technology and social media has evolved over the past few years – emphasising the importance of ensuring library technology is up to date and used effectively.
  • During a trainee session on E-Developments we were given an overview of e-resources at the Bodleian Libraries and introduced to some of the issues facing the development of e-journals and Open Access Repositories.
  • At a talk at the Radcliffe Science Library, they detailed their experiences with new technology such as iPads, Kindles and QR Codes, looking at the benefits and issues new technologies bring to everyday life at the library.

Below are links to blog posts in which I’ve summarised and expanded on some of the ideas and challenges raised in these sessions.

Yay for the New Shiny Things!

QR Codes

E-Resources are Cool!

Open Access

One of the main ideas that came across from these sessions was that libraries need to constantly evolve and try new things – even if they don’t work out as expected.  As the caretakers of information and knowledge, it’s important (perhaps now, in the digital age, more than ever) that we adapt to changes in the way information and knowledge is both produced, stored and absorbed by readers so that we can provide the best service possible.

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