Friday, October 24, 2008

Impress Your Professor: Mash-Up

You can watch television on your laptop, listen to music on your phone, your MySpace page can land you a TV show - these days, it seems like all media are turning a solid block of technology. This is a topic that Henry Jenkins covers in his new books Convergence Culture: Where Old Media and New Media Collide.

What does this means for those in the information industry? I'm inclined to think that this is a) awesome and b) makes our jobs more difficult. It's grand that we now how more information (in more forms) available for use. I will never complain about being able to read a once print-only journal online. I worry, however, that librarians will be forced to guess what form of information is best for their patrons.

Sure there are the tried and true lessons learned for the reference interview, but technological changes are occurring so quickly that we may find ourselves having difficulty keeping up.

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