Reading in a Digital Age

This webcast aired live on March 26, 2018.


Description: With the advent of the internet, technology has consistently introduced into the educational landscape new and rapidly-evolving electronic gadgets which have significantly shifted reader-focus from the traditional materials in print to e-texts.David Durant, in his recent book entitled “Reading in a Digital Age“, posits that, while features like ready-access, ubiquity, convenience and speed are positive advancements, one should consider the reductive consequences of digital reading on students’ skills-acquisition, mental and social connectivity and literacy levels in general. He and Tony Horava will also discuss the transformation of the reading experience; some characteristics of older vs newer forms of reading; the material aspects of reading, and critical reading issues.


David Durant, Federal Documents and Social Sciences Librarian, East Carolina University

David M. Durant is Associate Professor and Federal Documents and Social Sciences Librarian at J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He holds a master’s of science degree in library and information services from the School of Information, University of Michigan, and an MA in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published articles in portalLibrary JournalThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and Against the Grain. He has written book reviews for Against the Grain and for Choice.

Tony Horava, AUL Collections, University of Ottawa 

I’ve been involved in Collections work for many years, and have seen remarkable transformations over the years. The challenges around ebooks, licensing, budgets, consortial strategies, new forms of knowledge and scholarly communications spring to mind. Reading in the digital age fascinates me – it is such a sea-change. There are enormous opportunities, challenges, and issues to navigate. The ongoing revolution in reading practices has many implications for the role of libraries and library staff, in terms of collections and services.

Moderator: Matthew Ismail, Director of Collection Development, Central Michigan University, and Editor-in-Chief, Charleston Briefings

Matthew is currently Director of Collection Development at Central Michigan University. He worked at the American University in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, from 1999 to 2006 and at the American University in Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt, from 2006 to 2011. Matthew is the Editor-in-Chief of the newly-launched series Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals. He is also on the Editorial Board of Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Sciences and works periodically with Against the Grain. Matthew published a biography of the Egyptologist E. A. Wallis Budge called “Wallis Budge: Magic and Mummies in London and Cairo” (Glasgow, 2011) based on years of research in the archives of the British Library, British Museum, and Oxford University.


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