Friday, November 10, 2006

Those are printed out web pages...

I was in the Mary Dow Reading Room of the Park Library yesterday. I was browsing through some new issues of Time Magazine. Two female students came in behind me. The one says to the other, "And in this room, the library keeps printed out web pages."

It took me a moment to grasp what she had meant by such an odd remark. And then it dawned on me. She was used to getting her periodicals online. She had been doing this probably since she was in middle school. She may not have been aware that these online sources had a print counterpart which pre-dated their existence on the web. Hence, print journals look like printed out Web pages to her!

I am still trying to figure out the implications of this for my teaching. Are other students viewing print journals as odd versions of what is to them is a web resource? There is a lot to ponder here.

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