Thursday, April 28, 2011

Looking forward

"Books are a constant and natural part of the student's environment" (Johnson, 1939, p. 115).

It is important to read. Books. I am a self-confessed book person. Holding a book, turning the pages are all part of the pre-digital age. Now, books are available anywhere. Anywhere the wifi signal is strong I can read a book. The growing variety of ereaders makes it possible to read anywhere.

Books are a part of life.

There was a time when proximity to books and libraries was necessary. Now, with digital proximity, the opportunity to read improves. The digital library is filled with more volumes than ever before. The physical library provides access to books not available through the digital library. The digital library provides virtual access to those at a distance. Both the physical library and the digital library provide books to a much larger audience of patrons.

Digital books meet the needs of digital patrons.

Digital books are available regardless of location (provided the WiFi or broadband signal is strong enough). Digital books provide immediate access to teaching and learning resources.

Integrating digital books into social media applications increases the awareness of the digital resources. As more resources become available the need for social media increases.

Access to books is not limited with digital books. Anywhere, anytime, with many devices. Digital books engage learners immediately.







Johnson, B. L. (1939). Vitalizing a college library. Chicago, IL.: American Library Association.


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Monday, April 18, 2011

Journals and other digital resources I read

The resources I read for scholarly information and perspectives are full-text, digital editions. I can read them from a wide variety of digital devices. As a member of several professional associations, I find their publications relevant for a wide variety of uses.

As a member of AECT since 2002, several of the member benefits are the digital editions available, full-text. I have used and continue to read from http://www.aect.org, (1) Educational Technology Research and Development; covers current research in the field, and (2) TechTrends; provides a quick insight into the link between theory and practice.

Another standard resource for me comes also from http://www.aect.org, now, in the Third Edition, (3) Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology; always a great resource to review and see what has been done, and current directions or trends.

From the PODNETWORK (Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education) http://podnetwork.org/index.htm, (1) To Improve the Academy, Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development; a wonderful resource and scholarly journal focused on the integration and implementation of professional development activities in a variety of settings,
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