I think the role of classroom teachers is different to that of teacher librarians. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (2011) dictates that teachers should have knowledge of a range or resources that they can use to engage their learners. The higher the proficiency of the teacher the greater the ability to use, collaborate and model resource use. The difference I believe lies in the knowledge and use of resources specific to their subject areas. English teachers will probably not know how to use a microscope camera or know their way around a TI-84 calculator like a science teacher and maths teacher would respectively. It is often the library media specialist (or laboratory technicians) that first goes through resource catalogues and makes suggestions to teachers about new resources and technologies. Teacher librarians have a greater overall school view and can suggest new ITC technologies that may span over multiple subject areas.
- Flooded with unwanted resources when only one or two of the items are needed.
- Relatively higher price if some resources are not going to be used.
- Bundle prices can cheaper than single purchase of each book.
- May get unexpected useful items that the library had not considered.
Online access pros and cons
- Cannot read on different e-readers, need to purchase again
- If site closes your content may be lost
- (Not for libraries specifically) e-book cannot be resold at the end of the year to recoup cost.
- Class sets of texts can no longer just be passed to the next year group, licence fees needs to be paid annually.
- If internet is down or computers are broken access to content is not available
- Ongoing and uncertain costs for licences
- Limitations on number of copies, simultaneous access
- Restrictions on geographic licences
- Less physical storage space needed in a library
- Less likely for textbooks to become out-dated
- Library is able to offer a much larger resource bank to patrons, access to more variety
Latham, B., & Poe, J. (2008). Evaluation and selection of new format materials: electronic resources. In J. R. Kennedy, L. Vardaman & G. B. McCabe (Eds.), Our new public, a changing clientele: bewildering issues or new challenges for managing libraries (pp. 257-265). Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited.