The Virtual Library: databases, ebooks and the electronic catalogue

Facilitator: Ms Shanaaz Frier, library, CPUT

Date and time: 28th of July 2011, 14.00-16.00

Location: Room 4.106, Level 4, Cape Town library

Max. available places: 22

Workshop description:

This workshop will introduce participants to the following topics:

  1. An overview of CPUT’s e-resources and how to locate them:  The sheer volume of e-resources which CPUT has access to and the scale of information which is available can be daunting to anyone.  The fact that our e-resources are part of the “invisible web” means that this information is freely available to CPUT staff and students via the internet but it is not freely available to all users of the internet.  We pay millions of rands for our e-resources collection because we believe that the content is valuable for both teaching and learning at CPUT.
  2. Databases and full-text electronic journals:  Valuable resources such as online reference databases which contain a large proportion of full-text information are often under-utilized and their potential unrealized by the majority of users.  Hands-on training provides the best means of promoting usage of these databases and ejournals.
  3.  Discovering E-Books:  E-Books have been growing steadily in popularity.  CPUT Libraries provides access to thousands of full text ebooks.  During this session we will look at what the library has to offer in the arena of ebooks and how you can contribute to our growing collection.
  4.  From Aleph to Primo – moving from a simple catalogue to discovery and delivery: Find out how CPUT libraries are moving away from the traditional library catalogue to the catalogue as a discovery and delivery tool.

To book your place please email Daniela Gachago at


About D Gachago

I have been working in the field of eLearning for more than 10 years, in commercial companies and in Higher Education, in Austria, Botswana, Scotland and now South Africa. I am still enthusiastic about all the interesting stuff that's going on and am trying desperately to keep on top of all the new technology coming out (not always managing very well).
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