Briar Cliff interim library director Julius Fleschner shows student Sarah Ammann, Butterfield, Minn., how to use an iPad to find online scholarly articles in research databases.
Bishop Mueller Library Transforms into Digital Answer Place
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Now that most students have ditched pens and paper for iPads to do their coursework at Briar Cliff, the reference desk at the Bishop Mueller Library on campus has transformed into a digital answer place.
’Helping students with technology in general is now considered regular reference work,” said Julius Fleschner, interim library director. “How to set up campus email on the iPad is a very popular question,” noted Fleschner, who said most reference desks today deal with locating online resources and tools for discovering, creating and using digital information.
“Helping students with technology in general is now considered regular reference work.”
— Julius Fleschner, interim library director
“Increasingly, students are asking how to use online tools, like DropBox for sharing documents, syncing calendars, Google Maps, Google Hangouts, Doodle Meeting Scheduler, among many others,” he said.
BCU librarians have access to high-tech subscription services, like LibGuides, to create course and topic user guides for students; Zopim, a free interactive online reference service for students to get help from BCU librarians even when they are not in the library or on campus; and Vimeo for posting and sharing videos using ScreenFlow – a video capture tool.
The library’s new superfast digital scanner creates audio, image, PDF and optical character recognition files compatible with iPad technology, all but eliminating photocopying by library users.
“The library staff is constantly looking for trends in library technology that will help the library users at BCU,” Fleschner added.