Students Operating at the Speed of Light

Can I keep up?

Last week I checked out my first Library Kindle to a student. It felt good to be able to instantly provide a book that we did not have in our library for a student who had research deadlines. I have had a long-standing policy to buy books for students on the fly. Unfortunately the problem with that plan – as generous as it is – is that it can take up to a week to get the book.

I am in the early stages of testing and improving this service. One drawback is that not all books are available for the Kindle. However, on the positive side Amazon just announced that they would make it possible to search for all of the free Kindle books. Yes! Many Kindle books are free presumably because they are out of copyright. For certain types of history projects the copyright year may not matter.  But I’m confident that this service will prove to be very popular in the years to come.

Kathleen Johnson, Upgraded, Retooled Librarian 2.0  [sent from my email]

“To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.”
– Jon Bing, Professor of Information Technology Law, University of Oslo, Norway
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See my example roadmap for Music
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