Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Information Super Highway

NYTimes story about the University of Texas' undergraduate library going all digital. Maryland no longer has a strictly undergraduate library (I think Hornbake used to be it, but now it's for nonprint media). McKeldin used to be only a graduate library, but it's used by everyone now. But we are moving to something like what UT is doing. This year, for the first time, professors could reserve materials for courses on E-Reserve and they could be accessed online anytime from any location, instead of having to go to McKeldin to check out books on reserve for 2 hours at a time. This is convenient, but the materials on E-Reserve are simply PDF files of photocopied book pages so they're incredibly difficult to read.