By Caroline Walker, Reading Services Assistant RNIB BookshareOn Wednesday 12 October I visited and spent the day with staff from the University of Worcester at the fantastic location of The Hive. As well as having a fabulous golden roof, it’s the first library to be both a public and university library. As a combined facility for the whole community to use, the project has developed into one of the most exciting new libraries in Europe. It is collaboration between the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council.
It’s a fantastic space to use and visit and it was wonderful to see such a busy library.
Who was there?
It was great to meet the staff who are responsible for creating accessible resources at the university and customer services who all wanted to learn more about RNIB Bookshare. We also met with representatives from local Colleges and schools.
What we talked about
During the morning session we had a general introduction to the site and focussed on the new features of RNIB Bookshare. We discussed:
- copyright legislation and qualifying print disabilities,
- new accounts for learners (Members)
- searching and downloading books
- requesting books
The afternoon session was dedicated to more detailed discussions on:
- working with publishers
- using and creating structured word documents
- converting DAISY files into MS Word
- using different file formats
- using devices, such as iPads and various tools such as the Kindle app and Capti
More resources for students
It was brilliant to hear from the team how much easier it is for them to get hold of titles for students through our request service. As a result they said that they now have the time to get more titles than before for their university students!
Great to spend time with you Worcester!