e-Library puts 'fake news' to the test

CEDP's eLibrary has a vast array of resources for teachers and students

As Library Week comes to a close today, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s use of its innovative eLibrary service is fighting the good fight against so-called 'fake news'.

Student feedback revealed the database provided so many secondary sources unavailable on Google. 'I would never have been able to find on Google,' one student said.

Our eLibrary is one of the best in Australia and has helped students to complete homework and to source good, quality information they can trust for a variety of course subjects including geography, history, society and culture, literature, drama, religion, science and more.

The service has enjoyed a 71 per cent increase by both teachers and students over the past four years and reflects the tech boom.  
Digital Learning and Library Services Officer Lisa Nash said the service, provided by  EBSCO Information Services, now allows students and teachers to use a variety of sources - books, magazines, newspapers and journals - in an effort to gain a balanced perspective.

‘Our service is very relevant now with the fake news debate going on now, and gives students and so much more resources,’ Lisa said.

Because teachers are time poor the Learning Exchange Library Team curate a list of digital resources related to a curriculum topic and creates a Google Slide called 'eResources in the Classroom.'
The slide, featuring links to relevant EBSCO content, is emailed to all librarians and educators within the school system and includes questions designed to stimulate student curiosity toward learning.

The Library Team also sends out a monthly newsletter to head office teacher educators to support their work in schools. These newsletters include links to selected online journals and other professional development resources. 

Nash said future promotional plans include producing videos and hosting webinars.

She and the team’s efforts to promote EBSCO resources have been successful. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of full-text downloads rose from 14,687 to 25,166, representing a 71-percent increase.

In a recent survey conducted by the Library Team, teachers reported that EBSCO databases Nash said that students also use EBSCO resources when completing Independent Research Projects (IRPs) and Personal Information Projects (PIPs).

One Year 11 student at St. Andrew’s College recently used Explora to locate videos and other content to support an Independent Research Project for Community and Family Studies (CAFS) and said it had more sources than Google.

In an effort to to encourage students to avoid plagiarism, there is an easy-to-use icon that links a citation to the student’s work.
Posted By Patrick Whiteley at 26/05/2017 4:00:49 PM

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