Was pretty blown away by this video. How many of tomorrow’s students will really react this way when confronted with physical paper resources? Even the author of this blog, who is definitely not a digitally born native, is finding the inability to click on the physical page annoying due to my recent acquisition of an iPad. Flipping from link to link and being able to define a word with a click of the mouse seem to make us more efficient. But is all this running around just filling up space and short-wiring our brains?
Regardless, this technology is here to stay and will continue to morph at break-neck speeds. Even the United Nations has recently ruled that access to the internet is considered a basic human right.
How does this affect your Robinson Music Library? We will continue to provide books and “old-style” research resources alongside our digital versions with subscriptions to databases like JSTOR and Oxford Music Online (make sure you have VPN enabled to access these databases), embracing the tried and true while dangling our feet in newer technologies.