September 16, 2004

And speaking of Ginsparg...

Here's a bit of a quote from the Data Science Journal article I mentioned above:

Successive generations of students have increasingly adopted the attitude that “if it isn’t online, then it may as well not exist.” Something qualitative frequently happens at critical threshholds, known colloquially as “tipping points.” People formerly accustomed to regular library usage first move to a mix of library and online desktop usage, but eventually enough of what they need is online that they abandon library usage altogether, forcibly ignoring those materials available only in paper as no longer worth the effort for so small a percentage of potential research materials. Moreover, recent generations of undergraduates have increasingly come to visualize campus libraries as much as a place to buy expresso and connect laptops to a wireless network as a place to find archival resources, and they do not acquire a conventional library habit in the first place.

It's called "Scholarly information architecture, 1989-2015." I guess his alma mater isn't trying to solicit him for the library building fund.


Unknown said...

This is true.. students nowadays prefer the electronic versions of everything. A member of staff from the ISI Web of Knowledge points out during a seminar, that the new generation of physicist would prefer reading an article that is available in electronic format than those aren't. People now rely too much on the internet. A lot of students think that if they can't find something on the internet, it's unlikey to be found anywhere else. Though it sometimes depends on what they are searching, it is very unlikely to find something as detailed as you can find in the books. However though, internet is extremely good for keeping up-to-date with stuff. Internet should be used complementarily, not as a replacement or an alternative.

Anonymous said...

internet sure is not everything, but i found it to be a good references for EVERTHING.

for example, if i want to buy a book on Perl programming, I check amazon for best rating and read the review. then i go buy or borrow the book from.. er, steacie library ( i am York student for real :) ) . The information is well presented and is there. The hardest part i found about internet is to know how and where to find them.