April 12, 2007
Library Services "on the Horizon"
If you are not already making a regular habit of reading The Horizon Report, the time has come to put it on your list.
Each year, the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative prepare a report on the technologies most likely to shape change in the teaching, learning, and research environment. The report groups these technologies by the timeframe in which they appear most likely to become "very important to higher education." The 2007 Report focuses on the following technologies:
*The New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication
*Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming
The Report further connects student and faculty adoption of these technologies to a key trend in higher education of relevance to library services, i.e., the need for a renewed commitment to (and an expansive view of) information literacy instruction in a world defined by "a sea of user-created content, collaborative work, and instant access to information of varying quality."
Here at UIUC, we are poised to contribute to these ongoing discussions of the evolving higher education environment thanks to the active commitment to address these trends and adopt these technologies seen in our: information literacy program, digital learning projects, scholarly communications program, provision of library services in social networking environments, and exploration of the place of gaming in libraries and higher education.
Next stop (we hope): mobile library services and SecondLife. Stay tuned!
Posted by swalter at April 12, 2007 1:16 AM
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