Seamless access in ICT learning- the library context

Hall, T. and O'Haodha, M. and O'Brien, E. and Hayes, P. and Joyce, D. (2005) Seamless access in ICT learning- the library context. [Conference Proceedings]

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Back in 1994, Bill Gates in The Road Ahead suggested that research via the Internet would become so prevalent that researchers would become frustrated if they sought information on a topic via the web, and could not find it. Back then the World Wide Web was in its infancy. Today, electronic libraries are at a similar early stage. Will it be the case, that in ten years time, readers will become frustrated if they cannot obtain a book or magazine article via the web? In this paper we examine the likelihood that this scenario will unfold, taking account of the current state of play. Over 20 public libraries in the US currently offer ebooks to patrons, based on the Overdrive eLibrary service. eBooks are a regular part of eLearning amongst corporates. Major publishers, such as Reed-Elsevier, Penguin and Taylor Francis have made their educational texts available as ebooks. The Oxford University Press have an extensive econtent offering for individuals, corporates and libraries. In the paper we will examine the take up of these offerings and the user experiences. Issues discussed will also include delivery mechanisms, technology infrastructures, and how other forms of electronic content consumption, notably in the entertainment arena, are likely to influence the consumption and delivery of electronic media in the educational arena.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Conference code: 93819; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Hall, T.; University of Limerick, Plassey, Limerick, Ireland; email:; References: (2001) The Learning Content Management System, , IDC, December 2001; Hodgkins, W., (2000) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Learning Standards but Were Afraid to Ask, ,, 29 April 2005; McLean, N., (2005) Libraries and E-Learning: Organisational and Technical Interoperability, ,, 29 April; (2005) White Paper on Libraries and the Enhancement of E-learning, ,, OCLC E-learning Task Force, 29 April
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporates; Delivery mechanism; E-books; E-content; Educational arena; Electronic content; Electronic library; Electronic media; Oxford University; Public library; Technology infrastructure; User experience; Electronic publishing; Libraries; World Wide Web; Digital libraries
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 21:14
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 21:14

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