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Digital 4

Digital 4

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Teaching Paradigm Shift
The need for digital resources tosupport the paradigm shift
Part 4 The analysis
 
Discuss current library usage.
I am aware that the holdings and borrowings analysis is flawed, because it does notshow what is used in the flex centre on a daily basis by students who do not , ingeneral, use the circulation desk or remove resources from the library. Anecdotally theflex centre is in continual use during the 5 teaching days of the week, however themajority of students are either using printed resource material as a study guide or areaccessing the internet. Those using the study guides are usually involved in learninghow to use specific software such as the Microsoft Office Suite or MYOB or a webpage development tool. Those using the internet are usually researching topicsprovided by the teaching staff or carrying out private searching. There are a number of units delivered on line using webCt as the delivery platform. Although the flex centre isused for the formal delivery of classes, the computers are used primarily to run thesoftware being studied or to provide internet access. A small number of students usethe facility on a drop in and undertake private study basis. The library as such has noinvolvement in the delivery of the content or the instructional design of the materialused. As shown on the holdings and borrowings chart the main digital content accessrelates to the recreational CD collection. The chart also indicates the low level of borrowing against holdings in many cases, is this an indication that the text basedresources are out of date and not relevant?. My observation is that there is less use of the text based resources and more activity on the internet.
 
This means that this library may be allocating space for the storage of resources that areno longer in active heavy use and which could be replaced with more terminals givinginternet access. This highlights the unfortunate decisions now having to be made bylibrary staff, do we keep text based resources just in case, especially those with lowusage, do they keep buying text based resources which quickly go out of date or do theynow allocate the money to online subscription databases giving access to full textresources which are constantly updated and are easily searchable. Is it better to find theMona Lisa on line in the Louvre or look it up in an old art book? Is an animated version of the Bayeux tapestry more interesting than a print in a book? All questions that need tobe asked. But for this specific library times need to be a changing, if the new crop of learners is to be engaged.

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