Posts Tagged ‘Joe’s Non-Netbook’

Sometimes the obvious doesn’t hit you ’till its right in your face.

That’s exactly what happened when I saw this ‘mockumentary’ on Jenny Luca’s blog Lucacept. Joe’s Non-Netbook is a humourous take on the inflexibility of books.

It’s not the first time I’ve glanced over at the extensive non fiction collection in our Library and wondered whether it’s time to give them a dust. A check of the user stats would probably confirm my guess that the collection is used less and less with the passage of time.

But what this mockumentary really highlights to me is the fact that our students ….. our digital natives ….. feel the shortcomings of print technology in a way that is foreign to me. With the convenience of dragging and dropping text or pictures, selecting hyperlinks to source more information or checking the meaning of words, why would students in today’s schools be interested or engaged with hard copy print of books.

For those of us working in libraries, this is a difficult one. I always used to think that students should be exposed to a variety of sources including reference books, encyclopaedias and non fiction books alongside the enormous range of digital resources. But I admit – I find myself really wondering if there is value or relevance in this long held belief for students of the twenty first century.

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