Floppy Disks to Digital Books

State of the Art 1996

State of the Art 1996

We’ve come a long way since 1996. I happened to run across a Power Macintosh User’s Guide from 17 years ago. CIM has prep students younger than this book which described the iPad of its time.

Zoom ahead to 2013 and check out Tom Friedman’s call to digital arms. He discusses the need for individuals to “leverage all the new digital tools to not just find a job, but to invent one or reinvent one” and goes on to stress the need for life-long learning. Well, that’s what we’re all about in libraries.

And speaking of libraries, what do you think of this bookless library? Brave new world or more digital alienation? Extra interesting when the value of consulting a real live human being/expert, aka., librarian, ranks higher than access to the internet according to a recent Pew Center study.

The digital world is here to stay, as long as we continue to have access to electricity. Floppy discs have become dinosaurs and the “utopia” of a bookless library is being realized. My question is who (and what) will be there when the internet is down? The physicality of our world continues to be relevant.

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