Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Significant learnings for Resourcing the Curriculum #2

Following on from my previous significant learnings post, this is a list I collated from student responses regarding the pros / cons of selecting content that is provided via online access but which the library does not own. I think this list is very important - especially in a scenario where there is a strong push to move to an all digital library. 

Enables students and teachers to have 24/7 access
Access from anywhere
Cost effective if managed well
Up to date resources
Resources updated regularly
Time effective (if someone else is managing)
Tech support provided externally
Diversifies collection
Works well for students and teachers who prefer to access digital content
Availability of a wide range of resources
No commitment?
Large range of resources continually updated
Titles cannot be lost or damaged
Do not have to purchase costly titles
The ability to use it once and not have it taking up space in the library

Easy access to high quality digital resources

Issues of equitable access: equipment / licensing / reliable internet connection
Copyright issues
Material is not owned by the school
Hard to forecast budget
Can be costly if through a pay per view service
Software requirements, compatibility,  conflicts and maintenance
Issues for students with poor or no internet connection at home
•Policing unsuitable material is difficult; Supervision required of students when online – internet safety issues
•BYOD – socio economic issues. Library supplied – budgetary issues
•Issues with multiple access / licensing 
•Difficulties navigating online materials particularly for primary school students
Consistency of available content is uncertain
Currency and accuracy of information, credible sources are more difficult to determine online. 

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