Week 4 - E-readers

Module Goals: To become familiar with types, uses, advantages and disadvantages of e-readers, and to outline a simple plan to circulate e-readers in the participant’s library.

This Week's Objectives:

At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

1.   Describe the role e-readers may have in medical libraries.

2.   Analyze how e-readers compare to print and online books.

3.   Compare e-readers and select the one which best meets the needs of library users.

4.   Create a budget for an e-reader pilot project.

5.   Choose resources to load on e-readers for an e-reader pilot project.

6.   Outline circulation policies for an e-reader pilot project.

7.   Reflect on how what was learned in the module can impact the participant’s work.

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Building Background:

E-reader Trends

Ø  Skim Pew Internet's report “E-reader Ownership Doubles in Six Months”: http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media/Files/Reports/2011/PIP_eReader_Tablet.pdf

E-reader Options

Ø  Look over an E-reader Comparison Chart with links to reviews:

http://ebook-reader-review.toptenreviews.com/ 

E-readers and E-books in Libraries

             Ø  Read how libraries are circulating e-books and/or e-readers:

 Ø  A reading list of issues with e-books and e-readers in libraries: http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2011/07/a-fantastic-reading-list-on-e-books-and-e-readers-in-libraries-from-sue-polanka.html 

 

E-readers in Clinical Settings:  Two Cases Studies Using Kindles

Ø  Briefly explore “The Kindled Library” Wiki at http://kindledlibrary.wetpaint.com, in which Duke and Texas A&M medical libraries document their projects with Kindle e-readers in clinical settings.  These case studies are reported in:

Shurtz, S., & von Isenburg, M. (2011). Exploring e-readers to support clinical medical education: two case studies Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 99 (2), 110-117 DOI: 10.3163/1536-5050.99.2.002  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3066586/

  

 

Discussion:

Ø  Based on the resources you’ve viewed, post your thoughts on the following questions:

1. Do you believe that e-readers have a possible role in medical libraries and if so, how?

2. What advantages or disadvantages might e-readers have over print or online books?


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