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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... Read More →
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Tony Horava

Associate University Librarian, Content and Access, University of Ottawa
The Big Deal has been a major challenge at our university, as we dealt with budget cuts, exchange rate issues, annual increases to the costs of scholarly resources, and the demand for new resources in many fields. The Big Deal is a complex iceberg floating in the middle of all this... Read More →

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