In the past we had books, journals, magazines and newspapers in our institutional libraries. Places full of print media. We had individual desks and small tables.
Then computers arrived. In the main so that learners could use them to type up stuff or use “educational” software.
Then the internet arrived and lots of things changed.
Today the learner not only has access to all the traditional print media, they also have access to all the resources available online.
The Excellence Gateway has another useful case study on how promoting resources can increase usage of the library.
Hull College has increased library usage through the promotion of e-resources. The College is now able to cater to an increased number of learners and also tailor services to different types of learner, such as distance or part-time students, or learners with disabilities. e-Resources have made the library service more responsive to the needs of both learners and staff within College.
We have undertaken a recent review of our own promotion of e-books and have started to undertake new and exciting promotional activties to increase usage of e-books by learners and staff.
Key things we are doing include:
- Letting staff know what new resources and e-books there are. We are using different channels, print publications, e-mail, VLE and importantly face to face conversations.
- As well as letting them know what is available, we are also promoting how they can use the resources to support teaching and learning.
- We are using similar methods with learners, using print, e-mail, SMS, VLE and social networking.
- In the libraries themselves staff are ensuring that when learners ask for particular resources that as well as showing them the print publications they are also showing the learners relevant e-books and online resources.
- We have also ensured that all the e-books we have are in our catalogue.
Having digital and online resources is not just about getting them or getting access to them, but also ensuring that learners and staff know about them.
How do you promote e-resources to your staff and learners?