Elize du Toit (University of Johannesburg)
Elize du Toit is the Information Skilling Librarian at the University of Johannesburg. She has a Master’s degree (Cum Laude) in Information Science from the University of South African and is currently enrolled for a PhD in Information Science at the University of South Africa. Her thesis research topic is: “Information-seeking behaviour of first-generation students at the University of Johannesburg.” Her research interests are in the fields of information behaviour and information literacy.
Technology: getting students on board to read e-books
Academic libraries are increasingly exploring new forms of technology to deliver information 24/7 to its patrons. Twenty-first century education incorporates digital technology into their curriculum, with coursework being made available via online learning management systems and assignments and tests submitted online. This digital shift caused universities to incorporate e-books into their learning environment to complement traditional and e-learning. Research has shown that e-book usage will continue to grow at an increasing rate, correlating with continued sales of devices with e-reading and internet capabilities. With these changes came opportunities for the library of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to take students to the next level by also including e-books into its collections. First-time users might approach the utilisation of e-books with uncertainty and may also be unwilling to adopt to this mode of reading a book. Instructional videos can be a highly effective educational tool. To support UJ library’s e-book collection, we created an instructional video to show students how to download e-books from our library catalogue to their mobile devices. This paper attempts to show how instructional videos can benefit students from understanding the composition of e-books.
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