The Use of e-Books in Teaching Information Technology: A Marriage Made in Cyberspace

By Deborah Wilcox, Carol T. West and J. Stephanie Collins.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

A small university has a large virtual presence. Current practices at Southern New Hampshire University's Shapiro Library using eBooks to deliver intellectual content to Information Technology students worldwide.

Keywords: Internet, eBooks, electronic books, pedagogy, learning styles, information technology, cataloging, indexing, intellectual content, distance education, distance learning

International Journal of the Book, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.5-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 778.630KB).

Deborah Wilcox

Deborah Ross Wilcox is Associate Professor and Technical Services Librarian/Government Documents Coordinator at Shapiro Library, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, USA. She is responsible for all book and serials acquisitions, cataloging and processing as well as for much of the library's collection development in all areas of the curriculum. Debbie began at Shapiro Library in the days of card catalogs and has supervised and made possible the library's conversion to an online catalog and integrated library system as well as automating ordering and receiving processes and most of the current functions in Technical Services. Shapiro Library is a depository for NH State and US Federal Documents and Debbie manages these collections and supervises their maintenance as well. Debbie has served on many university committees including co-chairing the University Promotion Committee, serving on the search committee for a new President in 2002, and co-chairing the search for a new Library Director in 2001. She also serves as the library liaison to the School of Liberal Arts. Debbie is very active in local, state and regional library associations and serves as Shapiro Library's representative to the Executive Board of GMILCS, Inc., a library cooperative in the greater Manchester area and home of Shapiro Library's integrated library system. She has also served on the boards of the New Hampshire Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries/New England Chapter, and the New England Library Association (NELA). Most recently Debbie was a Director on the NELA Board and a Conference Planning Committee member for two years. When she's not busy with library work, committees, or conferences Debbie likes travelling with her husband, cooking, reading, or enjoying her grandchildren.

Prof. Carol T. West

Carol Thurston West is an Associate Professor and the Electronic Resource Librarian in The Shapiro Library at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H. She is responsible for the collection development of the e-resources, including the acquisition of electronic books. Chosen as the Network Librarian in 1993 to manage a networked collection of CDROM databases, she has since enhanced the collection and migrated to a web based environment. She maintains the library web pages, coordinates the collection development of all the e-resources, manages the annual electronic resources budget, negotiates pricing, licenses and contracts with vendors, works with consortia for joint purchases and oversees the library computer resources. In addition to providing reference assistance to students and faculty in person, via e-mail and telephone, she is the library expert in the business disciplines and serves as liaison to Southern New Hampshire University's School of Business, including the IT department. In 2002, she served as a consultant to the Library at the Center for American Education, Dubai, U.A.E. and currently consults with Huron University - USA in London, London, U.K. on electronic resources Carol is active in university, local, state and regional organizations. She has served as a library trustee in her local community, is chairperson for the New Hampshire College and University Council Database Working Group, and has been chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries /New England Chapter Business Librarian's Interest Group and New Hampshire representative to the New England Library Association. Over the years she has given presentations at both state and regional conferences on business reference sources. Carol is an avid reader, who belongs to two book discussion groups. An accomplished quilter, she enjoys spending time with her three children and their families and swimming, skiing and travelling.

Dr. J. Stephanie Collins

Professor J. Stephanie Collins earned a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught in the field since 1988, and has published papers in various journals. Her current research is focused on how the uses of internet technologies change the environment for business and for education. She has published papers on Information Technology Outsourcing and Technology Applications for Economic Development, among others. She has also been active in the review and revision in academic programs, including new course design and delivery methodologies. Most recently, she has been researching the effects of offshoring of information technology services from the United States, especially as that phenomenon pertains to information technology education planning. She is the Chair of the Information Technology Department at the School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University.

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