Story by Jessica Crabtree
With technology on the rise, it’s only natural that the amount of e-books is rising, too. Although the amount of e-books has increased, the number of students using them hasn’t.
“The students back away from e-books,” Library Director Pamela Reeder said. Students don’t want to use e-books because professors sometimes want students to bring them to class. Reeder stresses that e-books are “real books” and are the exact same as hard copy books.
Right now, Pamela isn’t afraid of e-books taking over hard copies. The Murrell Memorial Library isn’t the only library that has been having problems of students not using e-books. E-books are considered new in the academic world.
The library uses MOBIUS, which makes it very affordable to get a great deal on e-books. The library was able to buy 140,000 e-books for only $1,100.The library just recently received 4,000 more. These electronic resources continue to grow and are good for a large number of students ranging from education to nursing.
There are many benefits of using e-books instead of hard copies, Reeder said. They are light-weight, easy to search for, have a table of contents, and students have the ability to highlight, copy, and paste text.
E-books are available 24/7, convenient, and can never be overdue. If you have issues with library fines, e-books are the thing for you. Another benefit is that an unlimited number of students can use the same one at the same time.
Sophomores Jacob Hader and Darren Trujillo both have used e-resources from the library for research papers. Hader said it was sometimes hard to find material to use, though. Trujillo said that the e-resources were somewhat easy to use, but prefers using hard-copy sources because they are easier to search through for information.
The library has eight Kindles available for checkout. This is the third year that they have been available. Reeder said that sometimes she thinks that students are more excited about using the Kindle than actually reading the book.
For Reeder, she said she enjoys reading both hard-copy books and e-books. At first, she had a Kindle to read electronic books on. Now she uses her iPad, where she is able to read Kindle books on it.
Reeder said she wants faculty to encourage students to use e-books as well as other library resources for class, especially when writing research papers. You can trust information from both print and electronic resources.
She also said that she would like to hear suggestions and opinions of the library and how to improve it. There is a virtual suggestion box on the library website where students can anonymously suggest improvements and write their opinion about the library. She added that it is a good way to know about improving the library and is happy to help any way she can.