“What you resist, persists.”—Carl Jung
I work as the librarian at the Logan campus of Stevens-Henager College. Since the campus is small, I also manage the textbooks. Logan campus students may take one or a few courses online, and I hear complaints each module about the e-Textbooks. Students say the pages are tough to manipulate, take too long to scroll, or are difficult to read on a screen.
But most of those issues come from unfamiliarity with the e-book format. Once you learn how to navigate an e-book, you’ll find that they have many amazing features. Pages can look identical to the print textbook, along with the same pagination. Easy navigation is provided with a linked Table of Contents. Users can both take notes and highlight text right inside the book, and individual pages may be printed. The book can be read almost anywhere: online or on your mobile phone or e-reader.
Plus searches can be performed within the entire text, in a chapter, or on a page. My undergraduate degree is in English. I spent many hours manually finding passages to provide evidence of what I discovered with each assignment. I often think about the time it would have saved me to have digitized searchable text.
E-books also cost less and take less space. They weigh less, consume no paper, and produce no waste. They are good for the environment.
E-books should not be feared; they are amazing gifts from our digital reality. The world is at our fingertips. I used to carry scriptures and lesson manuals with me to church each Sunday. Now all I need is accessed through my phone in seconds. My lesson manuals have hyperlink references. I also sing the songs from the church’s hymnbook downloaded to my phone.
I like options. I like convenience. E-books provide me with both.
Puanani M. Mateaki began working as the Librarian at the Logan campus of Stevens-Henager College at the end of May, 2010. Before this she worked for Salt Lake County’s Public Library System as a substitute Librarian. She started this position in 2007 while still a student at Emporia State University’s Salt Lake City cohort. In May 2008 she graduated with her MLS (Master of Library Science). Last year Mateaki decided to get an MBA (Master of Business Administration) through Stevens-Henager College Online where she has used E-books almost exclusively. She finishes her last class in April when she will have 2 months to complete her thesis and program.