I spoke at the UKSG e-Resources for FE event in London today.
Research from the University of Huddersfield shows that the number of visits to the library has an insignificant impact on learner achievement. However in the same study it was shown that students who took out more books, or used more e-resources achieved higher grades.
How can a library service engage learners who visit the library to utilise more of the resources available to them?
What strategies can be used to increase the use of e-resources and the lending of books?
Can we learn from major retailers, high street chains and other companies and implement their ideas into the library?
James Clay from Gloucestershire College discusses the strategies they have been using to increase the use of books and learning resources by learners.
At UKSG’s 34th Annual Conference in Harrogate I ran a couple of breakout workshop sessions on the use of mobile devices in the library.
Is there a role for mobile devices in the modern library? What are the issues, challenges and opportunities of using mobile devices to support learning and resource discovery in the library? Is it time to stop telling people to turn off their mobile phones? From communication, collaboration, storage, notes, books, journals and more, mobile technologies are changing the way in which users can and are using libraries.
The presentation first looked at the importance of changing cultures and resistance to change, before we discussed in small groups the potential of mobile devices in the library.
Here are my slides from my presentation.
This is a recording of the workshop.
Download the recording (in mp3 format).
Nicole Harris wrote a very nice review of the session.