The Changing Landscape of the Information Environment

GHOArchitecture, Environment, Libraries, Use Configuration

MartinLutherKingJrLibrary

The library and information environment is evolving. Gone are the days of black screen monitors with yellow letters attached to clunky keyboards, stationary reference desks, paper card catalogs and policies of hushed tones. Sleek, state-of-the-art computers populate many libraries and often can be used for almost anything; stationary reference desks are being removed in favor of “roving reference” whereby librarians … Read More

The Challenges of Audio Digitization

GHOAudio, Collections, Digitization

tape-player

It is important to preserve audio collections and make them accessible because they contain valuable information not communicated by books and images. As concerns oral histories, Stevens & Latham (2009) write: “The human voice, with all its intonation, inflection, and emotion, can convey so much more than the written page. Books teach about the past; oral histories give it voice” … Read More

Buy Music: An Ethical Response to Piracy

GHOCopyright, Music

Captain Kidd

Music is a fundamental form of human communication. Different music speaks to different people, but we all desire some form of it. That desire, influenced and compounded by individual and social factors, coupled with the proliferation of new information communication technologies, increasingly leads to the practice of illegally downloading music. Some people, though, given the choice between music piracy and … Read More