GUST promotes technology to facilitate research and collaboration

The A. M. Al-Refai Library at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST), on Sunday, April 14, 2013, announced the launch of its two new initiatives: a) Open Access Resources Guide- providing relevant research literature to a wider audience at virtually no marginal cost, and b) TeamSpot Technology- a revolutionary approach to facilitate group projects and team collaboration. GUST is the first among the Universities in Kuwait to have launched these initiatives and has thus led the way for other academic Universities to follow.

What is an Open Access Resource?

Open Access Resources (OAR) provide free, immediate, availability on the public Internet those works which scholars permit any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of articles, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose.

The newly devised guide ‘Open Access Resources’ is a comprehensive online guide promoting open access and publicly available on the Library website via LibGuides@ http://libguides.gust.edu.kw/OpenAccess. The OAR guide provides access to a huge variety of open access content namely Books, Databases, Journals, Repositories, Theses & Dissertations, Visual Archives, and Open Education.

What is TeamSpot?

TeamSpot is an easy-to-use software that makes moving digital content within the team simple. By means of this software, the users can share their work and discuss at the same time. Each TeamSpot has a central “worksurface” screen connected to an independent computer. Users “jump” to this screen simply by moving their mouse cursor beyond the top of their laptop screen. Instead of sending files to everyone through email, they can simply drag and drop files, folders and weblinks to instantly transfer copies to the common screen, another person, or the entire group. TeamSpot reduces the need for everyone to write down or bookmark interesting content, freeing them to participate in discussion.

The TeamSpot Service at GUST is currently available in two Group-Study/Discussion rooms and on each level in the Library; in the lower level for women and in the upper level for men. Reservation is mandatory and has to be compliant to the existing Group-Study Room Policy.

A. M. Al-Refai Library, one of the leading digital Libraries in the Middle East provides a 24-hour access to its wide ranging collections which includes 87,393 unique full-text eJournal titles, 104,913 eBooks, and more than 70 abstract and full-text databases, to its users. Please visit: http://amrlibrary.gust.edu.kw to know more about the services available at the A. M. Al-Refai Library.