Technological innovations in Adams Library

Adams Library at Rhode Island College has implemented four new programs to support the teaching and learning process for faculty and students across the campus. The new technological innovations will promote the library’s goals of intellectual collaboration and increased access to information.

Hedi BenAicha
Ebrary is an online database collection with 45,000 books from over 150 leading academic, trade and professional publishers, in a multitude of subjects taught at the college. Ebrary is available online from any location with a student ID. Books can be read, highlighted, and students can take notes, all online, making research a much less cumbersome task.

“This generation is very wired and this resource fits their style of learning and their way of collecting information,” said library director, Hedi BenAicha.

At homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 3, students, faculty, staff and alumni will have the opportunity to attend a presentation on these programs, specifically focusing on Ebrary. Throughout the year, groups of students can attend sessions to learn more about these programs. Faculty members can also request a library orientation.

LibGuides is similar to a “user’s manual” for the library’s catalog of information. The ultimate goal of LibGuides is to make resources accessible by categorizing information by discipline. LibGuides provides research assistance, subject guides, resources, and “how to” information, from locating an article or book to using the library’s programs.

In addition, LibGuides makes research more simplistic for students and acts as a tool to allow collaboration between faculty members and the library, so professors can design courses that students would also benefit from, BenAicha explained.

Two other programs at Adams Library also underway:

ARTstor is a digital library that holds nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, humanities and social sciences. ARTstor’s tools allow for viewing, managing and presenting images for research and pedagogical purposes.

DigitalCommons is a digital repository that collects, preserves and archives scholarly articles, dissertations, student theses and research articles submitted by RIC students, faculty and staff. It will serve as a showcase for faculty research and teaching materials. In addition, DigitalCommons contains college archives and special collections, providing quick and easy access to information that will enhance educational development.

The philosophy of the library, today, is no longer how much you accumulate, or how many books and materials you have, said BenAicha. “The big question is, are they easily accessible?”

BenAicha added that the programs will reinforce and reinvigorate the library’s role in the academic endeavor, strengthen the library’s ethos of public service to students and give students an incentive to use all the resources in or outside of the library.

Catalogs of information are now available with the click of a button.

“Guttenberg gave us the printing press and books. Google gave us access to a multitude of information. The library should be part of that information revolution,” BenAicha said, “The idea of a library should be a place that gives access to ideas and inspirations.”

“Our ultimate goal, beside providing access, is to recast the library and its old image, to a vibrant place, conducive for collaborative learning and intellectual interaction between students, faculty and staff,” BenAicha said.

To take advantage of these programs visit Adams Library.