Student Experience

Record of an interview with Gracias Kassongo WaMukendi, Clydebank College Student President, 24th February 2010 regarding use of the Library

I asked Gracias what he liked about the library and he replied, that it was a welcoming environment, where you could get on with your study, meet your friends, find resources and get library staff support, whenever it was required.

Gracias did express complaints he had received concerning wireless access, Facebook and You Tube as he believed that access to these resources were essential for today’s students.

He also stressed that with individual logins this could be monitored. Furthermore, YouTube and Facebook monitor themselves for unsavoury materials.

He would also suggest that the library had earphones for student use. I explained that we used to have them, but they got damaged, plus some students did not like to use earphones after someone else had used them.

(perhaps the bookshop would sell them)

Gracias also mentioned that he thought the library was weak on commercial/business/company information and that he & his class had to go up to the Mitchell Library for this type of information.

I showed him the Marketline Online database that we subscribed to, and he found much of the information he required. He admitted that his class were not aware of this useful resource.

The Future is Now

We are constantly trying to improve our library services to staff & students. We are supplementing our Jisc eBook Collection for FE by buying more ebooks from Dawsonera although we are still at the start of this process.

Presently there is an awkward route to accessing these Dawson titles via an Athens password as they are in a seperate folder from the ebrary collection. We are hoping to rectify this asap.

We may get the opportunity to sort this problem when we migrate to a new Opac along with our partners in the public library & the school libraries.

Athens

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Library staff have been pushing the benefits of obtaining an Athens password to gain access to subscribed resources.

Consequently, we now have 474 registered users, 112 of which logged in last week. The most popular resource being: ebrary.

This usage has doubled between August & September 2010. No doubt this is due to the number of workshops delivered to staff and students & a heightened awareness throughout the college.

Staff were supplied with the ‘tip of the month’ about Athens passwords and this has reinforced the Library staff’s hard work in developing awareness.

New Books Added Since August 2010

The following titles have been added to Clydebank College Library since August 2010.