The Library is trialling an electronic e-reader for students and staff and, if it proves popular, more could be purchased and titles tailored for specific student needs.
At present the Kindle is loaded with English books that form part of the wider reading list for Sixth Formers, but the technology could equally be applied to other groups and areas of the curriculum. The system is currently available to students in Years 11, 12, 13 and staff members. The Kindle is available for a three-day loan and it comes complete with case, instructions and charger and font sizes can be changed to suit individual readers.
Librarian Mrs Adams said: ‘This is the way that technology is going and it is another medium for our staff and older students to try. Sixth Formers studying English literature often have weighty lists of wider reading materials and, although we buy one or two copies of each you can potentially get ten or more students wanting to read the same books at the same time. This technology, if it proves successful would mean that could have a set of multiple copies loaded onto Kindles.
‘Often when students are studying a particular text I like to have the book, the audio-book and the DVD if possible. This e-reader is just one more way of communicating; you get a decent font size and an inbuilt dictionary and we can download books instantly if they are available rather than having to order, wait for delivery, catalogue, cover and shelve them. There are many advantages to this new system and we want staff and students to try this one out and give us some feedback.’