We have been spending more of our book budgets on e-books lately. Rising campus enrolments make space in short supply, and prompt libraries such as David Lam to send their older, less-used collections to the Automated Storage Retrieval Unit in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, in order to free up space for learning activities. In the ASRS, the books and journals are safe and available for quick retrieval at click of a mouse.

UBC users – many of whom commute long distances or rarely come to campus – need research materials online and available remotely when needed. The e-book seems a good solution. A recent online poll of students in the David Lam Library revealed a 2:1 bias in favour of e-books. E-books can be searched by keyword, browsed, highlighted, and read on netbooks and other devices.

Over the past few years the UBC Library has been investing heavily in e-books, which now number about 320,000 titles in our catalogue. These include all e-books published by Springer, over 2000 e-books from Cambridge University Press, 4500 titles from eBrary, and 120,000 titles from Taylor & Francis.

A Sauder faculty member in the Operations & Logistics Division was pleased to hear about Simulation-based case studies in logistics education and applied research, a new book of Oplog case studies in manufacturing, supply chains, pharmaceutical distribution, fresh food supply chains, and several other industries. With an e-book such as this, cases could be assigned with no course pack requirement and no textbook purchase needed.

E-textbooks are the next frontier but there are hurdles to be surmounted before this is a truly viable route.

To browse some of our e-book collections, please see:
Cambridge UP E-Books
Oxford UP E-Books
SpringerLink or search in our Catalogue for specific titles and subjects.

Learning with Cases

A practical guide to learning using the case method, aimed at those who are new to this method. Written by faculty members at the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Also available at the Robson Square Library.

Teaching for Critical Thinking

A practical guide for  educators, on how to introduce critical thinking in a higher education curriculum and in various disciplines. Topics include critical thinking instructional activities, critical thinking criteria and learning outcomes and instructional strategies to facilitate critical thinking. Part of the Green Guide series from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Creative Problem Solving

A practical guide for  educators, on inserting creative problem solving strategies into the curriculum. Part of the Green Guide series from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Leading Effective Discussions

A practical guide for educators on leading discussions in the classroom. Topics include; developing class atmosphere; managing group dynamics; managing conflict;  and evaluating discussions. Part of the Green Guide series from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

For more books in the Green Guide series available at the Library, click here.

New Video Collection in Business Source Complete

A video collection is now available through the Business Source Complete database. The first videos in this growing collection are the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series.

From EBSCO (the database provider:

“The series features engaging video lectures from renowned professors and experts at the Harvard Business School. All lectures are captured from executive education programs, and offer groundbreaking ideas, insightful research, and practical advice on management issues…The videos contain a table of content allowing the selection of a specific topic. Most lectures provide a transcript in PDF format.”

To access the videos, connect to Business Source Complete and click on the More link on the menu bar at the top. Select Business Videos/Images from the drop down box.  Search for videos by keyword (e.g. Harvard).

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