Faculty & E-Library: Origination of the Ripple Effect

Whether it is for teaching, research or self-development, libraries form an indispensable part of academic life. After all – they form the key source of knowledge acquisition.

In this age of information, with the Internet transforming every aspect of life, the way knowledge and information is acquired has evolved. E-libraries are emerging as a natural evolution to physical university libraries due to the host of advantages they onboard.

In this blog, we look at why progressive faculty members choose to extensively rely to e-libraries in present day and what impact does this have on their students.

Libraries form an essential part of learning in any university or research organization. After all, they contain the large repository of knowledge and information for the reference of students, faculty and staff members.

Historically, it was the physical university libraries that were depended upon to retrieve information for teaching, learning and research needs.

However, given today’s information age and the instant gratification facilities available, individuals are naturally inclined towards the choice to access any information they need from their Web enabled devices such as laptops, smart phones or tablets. This makes e-libraries very relevant and indispensable in present day academic setups.

In this blog we look at why exactly do progressive faculty of today’s times prefer to heavily rely on e-libraries for their knowledge acquisition and what implication does this have on the upcoming generation of researchers and teachers.

1. Why Progressive Faculty Members Prefer E-libraries?

1.1 Ensures a gateway to access authenticity information

E-libraries present faculty members with the chance to access and provide their students with highly credible information. With the physical limitation of accessing the university library, many a time, the information from the Internet is depended upon.

With the presence of an e-library, this dependence on less credible open-sources of information is reduced. The information from e-libraries that is accessed is of the desired authenticity, which has widespread implications in forming a robust knowledge base both for the faculty and their students.

1.2 Helps them to stay updated with the latest research

With the large database of recently published research available at fingertips in an e-library, the faculty members get a chance to augment their lectures and the reading material that they recommend with the most dated research.

This helps to ensure that the information shared with students in the classrooms are extremely relevant to present day and not just restricted to the same old editions of textbooks that are being followed historically.

1.3 Saves time and introduces research efficiency

E-libraries make it very simple to retrieve relevant, useful and accurate information with their sharp discovery tools. Moreover, due to digital formats because of which multiple copies can be produced, the issue of unavailability doesn’t arise as in the case of physical reading materials.

This makes the process of accessing desired information very simple and agile, while eliminating the time and physical barrier to accessing information in physical libraries. As a result, intent based knowledge acquisition never takes a backseat due to external factors.

2. The Ripple Effect of Faculty’s Approach on Students

Specifically talking in regard of approach towards reading, the way faculty members research and acquire their own knowledge has a direct influence on their students.

It can be safely said that teachers play the role of inspiration for their students.  If as faculty members, they are always updated with the latest information, and share only authentic content with their students, it is implied to have a ripple effect on the future academic communities.

Students are bound to be inclined towards having the habit of referring to latest information and making the use of the possibilities exposed by e-libraries. Wish to launch an e-library to augment the learning efficacy in your University? Get in touch with experts at DeepKnowledge™ to get started.

Librarians & E-Library: A Relationship Made in Heaven

A librarian’s role is critical and indispensable in any progressive institute. After all, they form the focal point of supporting and ensuring smooth access to academic resources for student, teachers and researchers.

On a day-to-day basis, managing these varied tasks that can be quite tiresome for library administrators and e-libraries plug in to simplify their workload significantly.

In this article we shed light on the different ways digital libraries simplify life for librarians.

Librarians play an indispensable role in fueling the academic journey of students, researchers and even faculty members. After all, they’re responsible for selecting, acquiring and evaluating scholarly resources, while also ensuring their proper access and maintenance. In the historical world, where libraries were storehouse of physical and print resources, the to-do task list for librarians was arduous with too many things to manage simultaneously.

With the introduction of modern-day technology in the education realm and libraries specifically, a large portion of executing these tiresome activities are turning out to be efficient with a robust digital infrastructure in place. In this article, we look at how e-libraries are turning out to be a blessing for the library administrators – 

1. Makes Administration Simpler

Digital library infrastructures provide an extremely efficient and simplified administration toolkit to librarians, introducing tremendous efficiency into their workflow.

Today, almost all good e-library portals come equipped with handy and powerful tools that allow their administrators to control their various functions such as controlling user access, roles, privileges; running surveys, collecting feedback from a single dashboard. They also provide alerts on expiring subscription, making it significantly simpler to manage the timely tasks.

2. Supports Smarter Decision Making

E-libraries equip librarians with the ease of auto-recording and analyzing content usage patterns and thereby making optimal decisions.

By gathering, combining and interpreting data from the different content vendors in one place, e-libraries provide a thorough synopsis of actual library usage data. This helps librarians to make effective data backed decisions with respect to allocating content budgets and choosing the most useful subscriptions for the library users.

In fact, some advanced e-library portals even come equipped with intelligent data analysis tools that actually make meaningful predictions based on historical usage and current usage patterns. This truly helps in maximizing ROI from content purchases without putting in any extra effort.

3. Allows Seamless Communication

Another advantage of e-libraries for librarians is the ease of communication they introduce in their schedules. With an efficient digitized portal in place, librarians get the option to freely connect with all their researchers, students or custom groups through inbuilt communication tools such as emails or SMS alerts. This enables them to reach out to all, just with a few simple clicks from within the portal.

4. Helps Conduct Events & Trainings

Often, librarians are required to conduct training sessions, schedule sessions or webinars for the researchers. Whether it is notifying the different stakeholders, conducting the event, taking attendance or even managing feedback in real time – digital library portals make it all very simple for the administrators with the right mix of tools to support the same.

5. Support Simplified Management of Physical Library

Some e-library portals also come bundled with optional modules that are designed to help librarians with the management of their offline content and print books. With subscription to these features, digital libraries introduce unmatched efficiency to the physical library workflow and ensure efficient management of physical inventory.

Looking to set up a powerful e-library in your institute to maximize benefit to students, faculty and librarians alike? Get in touch with experts at DeepKnowledge™ to help you get started.

The new Dashboard

With the new Dashboard, you can now visualize all your critical KPI’s, monitor usage and visitor traffic, analyze trends, view important alerts and notifications

  • Visualize important indicators such as the number of logins, access to content and or registrations across a period of time. Compare with the past month or year, select only the resources or user groups you are interested in and turn data into insights
  • A multitude of charting options and types is available for you to choose from in order to provide you with the most accurate graphic representation of your library data
  • Use the Keyword clouds in order to quickly identify the most important study subjects and search terms your library users are interested in
  • Monitor your MailBlast™ campaigns performance, see the number of opens/clicks in real-time, get insights on the quality of your users email base and deliverability index
  • Know where your visitors and users are coming from and compare usage across mobile apps versus web. Turns traffic data into real insights, identify the most popular posts and pages on your e-library site
  • DeepKnowledge™ Smart Print Manager allows you to control the entire print circulation workflow in an easy way. Populate your collection by importing MARC records or entering identifiers, your books meta-data is automatically recognized and imported into your database and becomes instantly available for users to loan out/in. For more information on your circulation statistics, you can head to the Print reports in order to get the most useful insights about your print collection usage