New Modes of Information Delivery In Higher Education
I'm heading out to Denver on Sunday to participate in a two day ACRL/ EDUCAUSE/ National Association of College Stores forum on new modes of information delivery in higher education. The forum will focus on discussion about how librarians/IT/ bookstores can collaborate on new modes of information delivery like e-reserves, online textbooks, copyright, the role of emerging technologies (which I guess is where I come in) and the like.
I'm not really in the league of thinkers as some other people who are attending like Roy Tennant and Alane Wilson and am actually a little nervous about it, so I'd love a little input or discussion before I go on these issues. Any thoughts about the following questions or issues?
1. What do you see as the future of e-books, e-book readers, e-reserve systems?
2. What are the barriers to making digital textbooks more commercially viable? Do you think the barriers will be overcome?
3. What concerns do you have about the increasing digitization of content (Google etc) and what are the greatest opportunites available in those areas?
4. Is there any specific advice you would give to higher education leaders regarding preparing fo a future with more digital content?
I plan on spending some time this week pondering these myself and any input would be greatly appreciated!