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Get the Starr Report on Digital Natives, Library 2.0 Uses, Gov Info Access

UNT Government Documents Librarian Starr Hoffman is at ALA and posting selected session notes on her wiki. She posted notes on a digital natives session that also explored how college students and other students are reacting to libraries in social media spaces such as MySpace and Facebook.

The answer? It depends. Some like, some don’t. But check out the notes and see what people are doing. Then think about where you could be shining the light of full public access to government information.

Starr’s notes on the GODORT Update has some interesting examples showing how government information access is mostly a political issue rather a technological one. Read her notes and then decide whether we are better served by a single Future Digital System housed in an agency susceptible to political/fiscal pressure or by having FDSys be one piece of a geographically distributed, locally built, globally accessed depository library system of the future.

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