Meeting Students’ Needs Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Library Resources | October 11, 2016

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See what librarians at Earl S. Richardson Library at Morgan State University in Baltimore considered when looking for a digital magazine service, and how students and faculty are using Flipster.

Faced with declining use of print magazines, librarians at the Earl S. Richardson Library at Morgan State University in Baltimore looked at providing a digital solution to the student population of nearly 7,000 students. When making their decision, they considered several factors.

The platform needed to:

  • Be easy to use and have an interface that digital natives would want to use
  • Include titles that met the needs of the students and faculty for both academic and leisure reading
  • Have a simple and convenient collection management tool

The librarians selected Flipster® and implemented the digital magazine solution during the 2014-2015 school year. The library currently offers 46 titles that faculty and students use to stay updated on what is happening in their fields of study as well as to keep up with their favorite magazines. Use is expanding as faculty members are starting to use Flipster for class reading assignments.

Librarians knew that the easier it was for students to find Flipster, the more likely they would be to use it. A carousel of featured magazines appears on the bottom of the library website, and students can also access it through the website’s “Resources” tab as well. Students learned about Flipster through word-of-mouth and social media campaigns ahead of a marketing campaign that began this fall. A touch-screen computer near the circulation desk also allows students to flip through magazines, and there are plans to add more touch screens in the future.

Learn more about how library patrons at Morgan State are using Flipster, and how they may be using it in the future in the Morgan State University Flipster Success Story.

Read the Success Story

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