DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 44 physical processing or repairs not necessary shelving not required overdues not applicable or automatically expire. E-books will not replace print books necessarily, even in the immediate or distant future. They do offer another format to library users who have a preference for digital materials, and this number is expected to increase. e-books and management for resourcing curriculum Relevant, engaging resourcing is required for authentic teaching and learning in the complex digital environment. E-books offer students access to resources in an electronic format, and the ability to load them into a device of their choice. An e-book may even offer more choices, such as video or audio versions of the text. Some e-books will also have interactive content. This will continue to change and increase. The SCIS records for the L4L special order load, provided with OASIS release 7, offer a taster of the digital world of e-books. These freely available e-books do not need to be loaded to external devices, simply click and read via an internet link. This does raise the issue of how these resources should be managed. The Special order load creates a location or collection specifically for L4L. This means that the question of creating a new location is not necessary at this time. Furthermore, since the L4L collection comprises all digital or online resources, the location L4L, just like WEB, means a stocktake is not necessary for these resources. In future loads of freely available e-books from SCIS, the creation of a unique location may be necessary in OASIS to ensure that these resources are not included in a stocktake. The location E-B for e-books would resolve this problem. Note: Softlink Oliver users do not have copies statements for digital resources. Hence there are no stocktake implica- tions for these schools in creating a collection or location. A location is not necessary for search purposes, as SCIS provides a subject heading e-books for all resources regardless of whether the GMD is electronic resource or website. E-books are a new format, not necessarily a new collection, as were compact discs or DVDs when they were released. When a delivery mechanism is developed for loading purchased e-books from publishers, the individual title will still appear in the catalogue with appropriate links to the site from which it can be loaded to the appropriate e-reader device. More exciting developments will occur with e-books. We look forward to providing advice and best practice for managing e-books into the future. E-books are included in the online Resource reviews database. Reviews appear in Scan with accompanying icons indicating whether they are websites, electronic resources, and if purchase or subscription is required. Selection tools such as these, and ideas sharing in professional social networks, are invaluable to teacher librarians and teachers who wish to make the most of the best resources in the online world. More information and support about e-books, e-book reading devices, and managing such resources to support curriculum will appear in future editions of Scan. Abram, S. 'Thinking about ebooks', Connections. Viewed 15 April 2011. <www2.curriculum.edu.au/scis/ connections/thinking_about_ebooks.html>. Mitchell, P. MARC my e-books: cataloguing standards for e-books in school libraries, (Educational Services Australia). E-book futures virtual conference, Sosius 2010. OASIS Thin Client release. Version 7.0, (2011) NSW Department of Education and Training. Viewed 15 April 2011 <https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/it/schoolsystems/projects/thin_client/data/thin_client_imp/release_notes/ release_7_0.pdf> (intranet). Pledger, P. Using e-books and e-book readers with students. What does the research say?, E-book futures virtual conference, Sosius 2010 Resource reviews, School Libraries and Information Literacy, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC). Viewed 15 April 2011. <www.schools.nsw.edu.au/resourcereviews/>. School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit (2010) 'e-resources: a taster of possibilities and issues', Scan 29(4), pp. 30--43. School Systems, NSW Department of Education and Training. Viewed 15 April 2011 <https://detwww.det.nsw. edu.au/it/schoolsystems/index.htm> (intranet). References and further reading <www.schools.nsw.edu.au/raps/> • Shaun Tan: The lost thing, stories & more!. Stages 3 and 4 (Years 5 to 8) English. Live 31 May 2011. • Book Week -- picture books focus. Term 3. Explore the shortlist and your other favourite picture books. Vote for your winner! More information coming on site soon.