Thursday, 2 June 2016

Moving to e-preferred

To improve access to information for RMIT students and staff, the Library has progressively been switching to an e-preferred buying strategy. This means that whenever an online version is available for new Library purchases or subscriptions - the online version will be preferred. This has been made easier as publishers have developed more effective models for electronic publishing.

We will not end up with a Library devoid of books and journals. There are some resources we’ll continue to obtain in hard copy, including fashion, architecture and other highly visual disciplines, which don’t translate so well to the online format. Also, many publishers just don’t make their resources available online.

The benefits of moving to e-preferred include:
  • 24/7 instant access: Students and staff can access online Library resources when and where they need it
  • Simultaneous user access to the same resource - you can’t do that with hard copies!
  • Increased search relevancy: Ability to search at the journal article, and eBook chapter level in LibrarySearch
  • Better Integration: Academic staff can permalink to online books/journals/streaming videos in LibrarySearch within Blackboard for immediate student access.

Submit a purchase request.