Answered By: Denise Fritsch Last Updated: May 27, 2015 Views: 4702
A hybrid library is one where most of the resources held in the library are reference materials, only. This means the books, magazines, cd's, etc. are used within the library and cannot be taken home. Most of the information materials are held on databases which you can access in the library or from home. GCTC libraries are hybrid libraries. When you are ready, come talk to a librarian and we can show you how to access the information on the databases, or you are welcome to watch the video tutorials on the Libguides: http://libguides.gateway.kctcs.edu/c.php?g=14167&p=76097
- Hybrid libraries are mixes of traditional print material such as books and magazines, as well as electronic based material such as downloadable audio books, electronic journals, e-books, etc. Hybrid libraries are the new norm in most public and academic libraries.[ It seems that the term "hybrid library" was first coined in 1998 by Chris Rusbridge in an article for .
Hybrid libraries evolved in the 1990s when electronic resources became more easily available for libraries to acquire for public use. Initially these electronic resources were typically access to material distributed on media such as CD-ROM or searches of specialized databases. OCLC helped push libraries towards acquiring digital resources by providing a centralized technology resource for participating libraries. Now, with the widespread availability of digital content, it includes Internet resources and documents which are online, such as eprints