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Friday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
The Future of Reading and Academic Libraries

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The rise of the ebook is raising fundamental questions around the dynamics and habits of reading, and a perennial question - the importance of books in the academic library. Print and digital texts foster different styles of reading and different ways of thinking and of doing research. There are major cultural implications of the ubiquity of e-reading. Is it important to maintain hybrid collections that support the full range of reading and learning styles? What should be the role of librarians in addressing the complex realities of reading in a society deluged with information and multiple media 24/7? What does this mean for understanding print and digital cultures? This presentation will examine various implications of the shift from print to digital reading and how academic libraries in particular should respond.


David Durant

Federal Documents and Social Sciences Librarian, East Carolina University
My professional interests focus on the importance of preserving and ensuring access to legacy print collections in the digital library environment. This is an especially pressing issue in federal documents, where my institution is a member of the ASERL Collaborative Federal Documents Program, but also for broader monographic collections as well. I'm also interested in the ways in which technology is altering the ways in which we read and think... Read More →
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Tony Horava

AUL Collections, University of Ottawa
I've been involved in Collections work for many years, and have seen remarkable transformations over the years. The challenges around ebooks, licensing, budgets, consortial strategies, new forms of knowledge and scholarly communications spring to mind. Reading in the digital age fascinates me - it is such a sea-change. The Charleston Conference is always energizing. I look forward to connecting with many people and hearing new ideas and... Read More →

Friday November 7, 2014 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403