Traditional libraries are strange places, they take up a lot of space, and the books purchased fill shelves that often today’s internet savvy students rarely source.Most people nowadays have a huge MP3 collection on their computers, a fact the Music industry may not like, but has adapted to by selling MP3 versions of Music they sell on CD’s.
If a student can create a MP3 collection, then with the wide range of ebooks available on the internet, then we can freely create our own elibraries.
So how can you create an elibrary?
1. Find an old computer or laptop, empty it of all programs except Microsoft Office, and an eBook Reader.
2. Start sourcing the web for free or inexpensive ebooks, download them adding them to your library.
3. Join an online library and borrow ebooks- adding them to a temporary section of your library.
4. If a textbook is available in eBook format, order it above the traditional printed version. Download it, it could become a useful addition to your library.
5. Encourage students to download and add ebooks to the library.
6. Allow Students to create their own ebooks using their own written or visual work. A student or class ebook, could make a very useful addition to the library.
7. Add an Powerpoint section to the library, allowing students access to previous lessons and presentations.
8. Contact Organizations like your Government, the United Nations, Embassies and other regional Organizations asking for ebooks and powerpoints for your library.
Imagine you can a valuable source of information right inside your classroom, a source that could be bigger than many of today’s public libraries – at a fraction of the cost.
(This article is part of the Authors 21st Century Education Series)