Option to switch off Google Book previews at item or list level
Recent feedback from academics has been that using Aspire would contradict what they tell students- ie don't read/avoid Google Book previews. Could List creators have the option to 'switch off; Google book previews at list and/or item level?
Theo (KCL) commented
Yes - this is definitely something that should be implemented. It is particularly irritating when a specific chapter has been recommended and that chapter isn't included in the Google Books Preview!
J Greene commented
I would really like this to be taken up as I feel it gives choice to Academics. Those who dislike the Preview can switch it off. Those who are happy for students to browse a preview (where we don't own e-access) can leave the Preview in place.
Not all of my colleagues agree though.
Robin Farndon commented
This would be useful for the University of East Anglia. We've had a few instances of academics raising concerns over the placement of the Google Books Preview, and that it might cause confusion between the Google Preview and our full text e-resources. Being able to disable it at a list or item level would be very useful to alleviate these concerns.
Just to add:
The feeling from the reading list team here at Univ. of Warwick is whilst it is useful to have Google Previews, the placement of the icon in New List View is not ideal. We have received reports that students have clicked on the Google Preview and misinterpreted this as their reading, rather than opening the item and checking library stock. Of course, if we have an eBook and the View Online link appears then all is well but in cases where we only have print stock students are misinterpreting the Preview. We feel that it would be beneficial to have Previews but perhaps in a less prominent place i.e. to only appear when students have opened an item and can see library stock alongside the Preview.
I would like to re-raise the idea originally raised back in 2014 to have the option to switch off Google Book previews at list level.
Since the New List View, we have received feedback from academics that students are mistaking the Google Book Preview for their course reading. On the one hand, I can see that the academic could advise students if they wanted them to avoid Google Previews. On the other hand, I think the placement of the Google Preview is confusing as it appears in the same place as the View Online button.
We are currently considering whether to switch this off for the whole university but are concerned that some students/academic may find previews useful. It would be beneficial if academics could make the choice for their list.
University of Brighton commented
I'm interested to know why the academics object to students looking at previews of the books. My colleagues are not backwards in reporting features they dislike, but no-one has ever complained about this. We have them in our opac too and find them very useful. So I wouldn't object to the option, but am intrigued.