Reference Point

Spring 2014

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University Libraries Park Library 407 Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Non-profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Permit No. 93 Academic research isn't so much a pen, paper and hard-covered book type of discipline for the modern-day student. According to eCampus News, by 2016 nearly 90 percent of all students will utilize a nontraditional resource to study such as a tablet computer or smartphone. "Students want their educational resources in their pockets or in their backpacks within a click or swipe away," says Matthew Ismail, director of collection development for the Libraries. Although publishers are slow to migrate to digital content and transform materials to be accessible to smartphones or tablets, CMU and eight other Michigan libraries are piloting a project that uses an e-journal browsing app for a tablet, Ismail says. The new project, testing a product called "BrowZine," delivers thousands of academic journals to an iPad or Android tablet. Digital demands It works by organizing articles found in open access and subscription databases and arranging them on a common virtual electronic newsstand. "It operates like any file and can be saved, zoomed or added to a customized bookshelf," Ismail says. The new program is an easy way to browse and monitor scholarly journals across all disciplines. It's as easy as downloading the app, he says. Pamela Grudzien, head of technical services for the Libraries, says it's important for the Libraries to keep up with trends and innovations so students and faculty can be fully-equipped. "The simpler it is to gain access to the resources (students and faculty) need to support their learning and research, the better that education and research outcome will be," Grudzien says. Students accessing library resources on electronic devices Melissa Beauchamp, '13

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