Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Chronicle of Higher Education - Information Technology

The January 5th edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education had an interesting section on Managing Technology. There was one article called "The Library as Search Engine" which also focused on Google Book Search. But I found the references to libraries in other articles the most interesting.

For example, here's an excerpt from a student panel:
Question: How often do you go to a library, and what do you do there?....
Sarah: My dad is still into the whole book thing. He has not realized that the Internet kind of took the place of that. So we go to the library almost every Sunday. I actually have a library card, but I have not rented a book for a long time, but I go to our school's library a lot because they have most of the course books...
Deanna: As far as using library for research, I do most of my research online with online libraries, but last time I went to the library it was probably three months ago. And I usually only go there to get books for pleasure, not for school.
Ashley: I actually have several late fees on my library card right now. It is kind of deterring me away from the library....
"How the New Generation of Well-Wired Multitaskers is Changing Campus Culture." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 5 Jan. 2007: B10.

And from an article about e-learning:
"Ten days ago, I facilitated a round table of librarians, and listening to them made me realize how much their world has changed. Libraries do not own the data anymore; they are becoming just access points to information. One of the most effective uses of technology, particularly at middle-range institutions that do not have a lot of money, is something people call "bricks and clicks" - hybrid courses that meet, say, two days a week on the Web. Those librarians were reporting that the library was becoming the place for the click part of the course, and they were setting up the equipment there. "How do you have the room?" I asked, and they responded, "We don't have books anymore."
This is what the revolution could look like. Libraries have the most amazing real estate on any campus. If you believe that real estate is location, location, location, librarians have got it. They are sending their books into retrievable storage, and they have lots of learning space. Campus libraries are learning labs, and through them, we can give students access to the full range of technology-enriched learning....
"E-Learning: Successes and Failures." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 5 Jan. 2007: B10.

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