Thursday, 30 April 2009

The future of the textbook - what do you think?

The following articles discuss the demise of the printed textbook as we know it. what are your thoughts, in favour or too sad to contemplate.

Nature (2 April 2009) Volume 458 Number 7238 pp549-668


Clicking on a new chapter p549
The e-textbook is only one part of a bigger revolution in online learning.
Full Text PDF (551K)

News feature

Technology: The textbook of the future p568
Undergraduate textbooks are going digital. Declan Butler asks how this will shake up student reading habits and the multi-billion-dollar print textbook market.
Full Text PDF (1,101K)

This issue can be located in the ECU Library Catalogue

Scopus on trial

The Library has organised a trial for the Scopus database as follows:

Scopus (expires 23 May 2009)
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It is designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process

Access and feedback options are available from this page.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Library wins ECU Vice Chancellor's Citation Award

ECU Library has been awarded a Vice Chancellor's Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. The citation is for:

"For a sustained contribution to the improvement of teaching and learning through the provision of innovative learning spaces, rich resources, and user-friendly, collaborative library services."

These citations are awarded to people or sections of the university who have made a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility, over a sustained period, who are widely recognised for their achievements and who have received strong endorsement from students, colleagues and the wider higher education community. Details of all ECU award winners are here

The citation recognises all Library staff for the consistently high service provided to students. Team members who gathered the data and put together the submission are Dan Archibald (University librarian), David Howard, Julia Gross, Lyn Leslie and Agnes Noronha

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Easter Opening Hours

The ECU Libraries will be open the following times over the Easter break.

Good Friday - Closed
Easter Saturday - 12.30-5.00pm
Easter Sunday - Closed
Easter Monday - 12.30-5.00pm