Sunday, 25 September 2016

Join Our eLibrary Preview


One of the most exciting parts of our eLearning Strategy is making available a large online library of eBooks that staff and students can take out books from - both reference to support their study and just because they enjoy reading!

We're pleased to announce that we're on track to fully launch the service in November, and that in October we want to invite staff with a strong interest in the service to join a preview programme.

Who do we particularly want to join up?

  • Anyone with experience of promoting reading and lending books to students - whether you work in a library or a classroom.
  • Anyone who plays a major role in selecting textbooks and wants to shape our thinking about the kinds of textbooks and reference books and the numbers we buy.
  • Anyone who thinks it is a really interesting project and just wants to try it early and share opinions and ideas!

What is missing in the preview?

From the standpoint of trying the system the preview is pretty much the finished article. Once you're logged in everything will work as expected by this point. But...
  • The process of making that first login really simple for people isn't fully worked out yet, so you'll have to put up with following some extra instructions that first time you log in.
  • Not all the books are there - we're starting with a good selection based on what we know is popular in schools, but there is a lot of room for us to develop the collection and add material.
  • We haven't yet restricted content by age group - this will be an important feature and still needs work.
  • Although the library it set up for the simple use of casual borrowing, we haven't yet worked through the mechanics of a teacher wanting to use a book as a class-reader which is more complex (because they need to be sure the right number of books will be available on particular dates!).
  • We haven't made the training material yet.

How do I sign up?

If the above doesn't put you off and you'd like to both kick the tyres a little bit, and more importantly, shape how this service grows and develops so that it properly complements the work of colleagues in academies we want you involved. 

Step 1 - join Yammer if you haven't already. You can find links in the previous blog post here.
Step 2 - browse the groups and join the DRET eLibrary Preview Group.

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