As winter break comes to a halt, students across the country are returning back to school ready for their busy agenda. They are eager to begin new classes, a new semester, and the next steps in their education. At the top of that agenda for many students is gathering a lengthy list of required texts and other materials for courses requiring some extra research.
With the nearing of a new semester, students often search from library to library trying to find their required readings or a book to assist them with their courses and research projects, which for many, results in stress and frustration. So, how can the inevitable run-around for materials be reduced while retaining and even increasing the engagement of college students in university libraries?
The Evolution of Libraries
The change of libraries over the past decade is evident and has been revolutionized by advancements in technology.
Today when you walk into a library, you sense the overwhelming amount of information and materials around and you hardly know where to begin. You might start by browsing through the library catalog where you find library information, e-books, audiobooks, and so much more. Or you might wander to an available computer, tablet, or other screen that allows even the least tech-savvy person to explore endless amounts of information.
Let’s consider this – in a place where endless amounts of information can be accessed, how can we make libraries more easily available through innovative technology and engage a technologically inclined generation?
Enhancing Library Accessibility
LIBRO allows students with the busiest of schedules to pick up their phone or speak to a smart speaker, access the LIBRO application and search their library through voice and text chat. From there, the student finds the specific book they are looking for in seconds, easily place it on hold, reserve or renew their reservation and even find out more about an author, genre or publication.
How? LIBRO connects to libraries’ ILS, events systems, FAQs and more, allowing community members to search the library for anything they might be looking for. That way when students are reading through their syllabuses for their new courses, they are given a platform that enables them to find the resources they need and access library data through simple voice commands using everyday language.
Retaining Students Engagement in University Libraries
Leveraging a platform that appeals to today’s college students allows for more student engagement in the university libraries and a more active library community. Already familiar with voice assistants at home, whether it be an Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Siri, students have the option of speaking to the app or using the chat feature to interact with LIBRO. Library resources have never been easier to find and with this voice-first technology, colleges and universities are on their way to enhancing the learning experience in and outside of the library’s walls.
Interested in learning how your library can create better connections with its community and readers? See how Iowa State University Library and Bartholomew County Public Library are using LIBRO today and request a demo with a LIBRO expert at email@example.com.
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