Allyson Mower, MLIS
295 S 1500 East Rm 00163
Salt Lake City, Ut 84112
2009 MLIS University of Washington
2002 MA St. John's College
2000 BA Utah State University
Someone once said that books are tools for thinking. As far as technology goes, print books have served humans well for the last 500 years. They accommodate efficient distribution of ideas and provide a user-friendly mechanism for interacting with those ideas. Paper, as a medium in general, allows for wide proliferation of daily news events, recounting of history, announcements of scientific discovery, and artistic interpretations of the world. Yet, the use of print books is declining. In a recent survey of 902 academic scientists, researchers found that 23% of those surveyed had visited the library an average of one time over 12 months to use a print book (Hemminger, et al., 2007). The number of print books checked out from the libraries here at the University of Utah has steadily declined since 2000. In a 2005 survey of 396 college students, 39% of the respondents indicated that they used print books available in the library (OCLC, 2005). The fact that members of the faculty, researchers and students do not readily use print books as tools for thinking begs the question: what tools are being used for thinking and how are they being created, measured and assessed?
Research Keywords, Regions of Interest and Languages:
Knowledge Management (6); Digital Libraries (5); Electronic Publishing (3); Scholarly communication (8); Electronic Media (2); Information Retrieval (6); Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks (4); Cultural or Population Studies
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