Thursday, March 31, 2011

The impact of technology on the library: Broadening the shelves with digital resources

The role of technology is forever changing the way we live and learn. Technology is changing the library, and the library is changing the ways we use technology.

Technology can bring “exciting curricula based on real-world problems into the classroom” (Bransford, Brown and Cocking, 2000, p. 207). Through the use of digital assets, curricular materials can become richer with the integration of contemporary sources. Digital news can change a current event into an evolving current event.

e-Books, e-Texts and net-libraries provide access, in some cases, to the ORIGINAL source documents (digitally, of course). Through the growth and expansion of library offerings, there is access to MORE materials than ever before.

Bransford, J., Brown, A., & Cocking, R. (Eds.). (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school: Expanded edition. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

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