SALCC Stu­dents to ben­e­fit from thou­sands of elec­tronic books

The Star (St. Lucia) - - CLASSIFIED -

Fac­ulty, re­searchers and stu­dents of the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege will soon ben­e­fit from hav­ing ac­cess to thou­sands of elec­tronic books online. The Hunter J. François Li­brary, the aca­demic li­brary serv­ing SALCC, con­tin­ues to in­te­grate tech­nol­ogy with its in­for­ma­tion re­sources to pro­vide its pa­trons with qual­ity in­for­ma­tion ser­vices. In 2001, the Hunter J. François Li­brary be­came the first aca­demic li­brary in the OECS to be­come fully au­to­mated. Five years later in 2006 the li­brary sup­ple­mented its print jour­nal hold­ings with elec­tronic jour­nals, pro­vid­ing pa­trons with ac­cess to thou­sands of aca­demic jour­nals online. Fur­ther ef­forts to en­hance its ser­vices also in­cluded a dig­i­ti­za­tion pro­ject which com­menced in 2013.

The Hunter J. François Li­brary is pleased to an­nounce that fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents of the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege can now bor­row from thou­sands of elec­tronic books in ad­di­tion to its print col­lec­tion. For­merly known as NetLi­brary, E-Books at EBSCOhost is an E-Book plat­form, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to high qual­ity E-Books from a range of lead­ing pub­lish­ers, cov­er­ing a wide range of sub­jects, guar­an­tee­ing valu­able, trusted con­tent with ev­ery search. The EBSCO E-Book Col­lec­tion com­prises over 140,000 ti­tles of ref­er­ence E-Books and other aca­demic books on a wide range of sub­jects that have been con­verted into dig­i­tal for­mat. SALCC stu­dents will be able to ac­cess the full text of these E-Books wher­ever and when­ever needed; at home, from the li­brary’s com­put­ers, their lap­tops, tablets or other por­ta­ble de­vices. More so, HJFL staff will be on hand to pro­vide sup­port and re­search as­sis­tance so that all pa­trons can max­i­mize and ef­fec­tively uti­lize this valu­able in­for­ma­tion re­source.

In gen­eral, E-Books of­fer an ideal op­por­tu­nity for li­braries to in­crease their ex­ist­ing col­lec­tions while en­hanc­ing users’ re­search ex­pe­ri­ences. More specif­i­cally, stu­dents of the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege will ben­e­fit from sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tages af­forded by the ac­qui­si­tion of a sub­scrip­tion-based elec­tronic books data­base through EBSCO. These ben­e­fits in­clude 24/7 ac­cess, si­mul­ta­ne­ous user ac­cess, and the elim­i­na­tion of is­sues re­lated to lack of stor­age space, risk of dam­age or theft, in­creased main­te­nance costs, and phys­i­cal han­dling and pro­cess­ing of print books.

To en­sure that fac­ulty and stu­dents max­i­mize the full po­ten­tial of this E-Book col­lec­tion, HJFL will be em­bark­ing on a se­ries of ini­tia­tives. One ini­tia­tive in­cludes the in­te­gra­tion of E-Books into the li­brary’s online public ac­cess cat­a­logue (OPAC). In do­ing so, pa­trons who search the OPAC for books will also gain in­stant ac­cess to E-Books as well as the li­brary’s print hold­ings. Another im­por­tant ini­tia­tive in­cludes sourc­ing fund­ing for the equip­ment that will en­able stu­dents to ac­cess these e-re­sources with ease at the li­brary, such as the read­ers, tablets, mod­ern com­puter ter­mi­nals and fur­ni­ture.

It is im­por­tant to note that the printed book will never cease to ex­ist but, in or­der to re­main rel­e­vant, li­braries must tran­si­tion and con­tin­u­ously adapt to a con­stantly chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment. At Hunter J. François Li­brary, pa­trons can con­tinue to en­joy its print hold­ings but can look for­ward to an en­hanced search ex­pe­ri­ence in the new aca­demic year com­menc­ing Au­gust 2015 when they will be able to gain ac­cess to qual­ity in­for­ma­tion re­sources re­gard­less of time and lo­ca­tion.

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