The Dartmouth College Library will be holding the annual eResources Fair in two weeks. That is, Wednesday January 26, 2011 from 11am-3pm in Baker Library Main Hall. The Fair is open to all members of the Dartmouth community, which means you are invited.
The Dartmouth College Library eResources Fair is, in my experience, a unique event. Yes, it is true that there are many other fairs like this that aim at raising awareness of the multitude of electronic resources available to aid in your learning, teaching, research, and personal intellectual development. However, how many of these fairs feature representatives from the companies that design, build, and maintain these digital tools and content? In addition to Dartmouth librarians (always friendly and knowledgeable), you will find representatives from major companies in the business – companies like Gale, ProQuest, EBSCO, RefWorks and others – interested in explaining the benefits, to you, of their products and hearing, from you, about what you wished their products did (or did better). This is your chance to learn about new resources and services, and to get answers about why some of these tools work the way they do (and to suggest ways that they might work better).
Although it is getting down to the wire, it is still possible to send your ideas for library resources to feature at the eResources Fair. Oh, did I mention there will also be refreshments and prizes?
Running in conjunction with the Fair, DCAL is offering a workshop for faculty, graduate students and staff on “Using Digital Information Resources in Teaching”. The workshop will be at DCAL, from 12:30 – 2pm and will feature faculty from Environmental Studies, History, and the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program sharing their experiences and ideas for incorporating new kinds of resources into teaching and assignments. You can sign up for this workshop at the DCAL workshop page.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Fair!