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A book is a book is a book

"Library without books debuts at Florida's newest college"

Really?

"The inaugural class of 550 students [who] ... attend a public university so new it's not yet accredited, can access more than 135,000 ebooks on their choice of reader, tablet or laptop." [Emphasis mine.]

Your mileage may vary, but as for me and my house, an e-book is a book. It has different advantages and challenges than a printed book, not the least of which is that a library with e-resources gathers less dust (occupational allergies, anyone?). Plus you can keyword-search an e-book, which trumps the printed index most days.

Still, it kind of bugs me that hard copy books are denigrated, however mildly, as relics, old-fashioned, and dusty. Particularly when it's implied that the librarians are in the same condition. Oh, wait, they have a "success desk". Don't get me started.

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plumxxjam
Aug. 26th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
I completely agree that e-books are still books; in fact, that was my first thought just reading the link title and that bit you quoted here. I think a more accurate way of describing what this college is trying to do would be an "Academic Digital Library".

As for everything else in the piece... not gonna lie, I rolled my eyes so hard I nearly gave myself a headache. :/
dragonsinger
Aug. 26th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
What if the student can't afford a laptop, ereader, or tablet? Are they issuing one of these things to all the students?
silveradept
Aug. 27th, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
Most likely, if they couldn't demonstrate they already had one, it got rolled into the cost of their tuition for the first set of classes.
delphia2000
Aug. 27th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
All good til there's a multiple-days power out.
bedegrayne
Aug. 27th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yup, that was my first reaction. We've already had our first "No Internet" morning here on campus. At least that was before classes started but I'm just waiting. What happens if they don't have access to the internet?
spockside
Aug. 27th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
Dang , they might have to rely on their librarian's superpowers!
glhansen
Aug. 27th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
I've always thought that it depends on WHICH books are available.
bunnyjadwiga
Aug. 27th, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
My brain hurts. Why would anyone start a new university at this time, when universities are all struggling financially? Oh, wait, this is Florida. Ah, much becomes clear.

Anyway, I wonder if they have anything besides Credo and Ebrary Academic in their ebook collections, because that number sounds right for the combination.
castaese
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
I'm only a LIS student, but I'm curious about what those ebooks are (i.e. public domain or not). From what I understand, ebooks are much more expensive than print books for libraries so I'm wondering if the university is prepared for the annual charge of keeping those books available and agreeing with what ever terms the publishers/vendors asked for.

I feel that some have embraced ebooks too quickly. Then again, I'm a bit of a Luddite.
beadylady
Aug. 30th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
Jesus H. Christ.
agatha_southeil
Sep. 6th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
Particularly when it's implied that the librarians are in the same condition.

Is this why library... sorry, information schools try to get away so hard from books?
spockside
Sep. 6th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
I graduated with a Master of Library and Information Science in 1990, from a library school. Shortly after that, the school was re-tooled to form a Master's in Information Management, which was subsequently not accredited by the ALA, so there must be a difference. Does anyone know whether "information schools" make an effort to exclude print materials in favor of electronic technology?

I'm sure that many people can't reconcile "librarian" with the concept of a person who doesn't deal solely with "libros". "Information science" at least has the word "science" in it - much sexier, I'm sure. :/
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