To best meet the needs of their users, libraries must provide a balance of resources in both traditional formats and new technology
Supporting Argument One
The availability and cost of print and digital resources must be thoroughly evaluated to make the most of decreasing library budgets
Availability and cost of print materials
Less expensive than digital
Availability and cost of digital resources
Rising costs, equipment needs
“Lease” rather than “own”
Lack of stability/longevity
Supporting Argument Two
Both print and digital resources are necessary to support a variety of learning styles and research methods
Learning & research using print materials
Familiar, accessible format
No training necessary
Students are more focused
Learning & research using digital materials
Access from multiple locations
Supporting Argument Three
Library professionals must work toward eliminating the “digital divide”
What is the “digital divide”?
Disparity in technology access & skills, due to race, economics, gender, physical ability, or geography
How can libraries serve to bridge the digital divide?
Although new technology has provided great benefits for librarianship and patron use, we must seek a balance of resources to best serve today’s and tomorrow’s library users.
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