The proliferation of electronic media and its competition for our attention signals a radical reworking of the translinguistic qualities of traditional text and a shift away from sustained engagement with the written word. As Nicholas Carr points out in a recent article we may be reading more but it is “a different kind of reading and behind it lies a different kind of thinking.” Into what form can the book evolve such that the particular advantages of meaningful encounter with complex ideas and abstract thinking that it allows will endure? And what is the responsibility of the Library and Archive in nurturing such an evolution?
|Keywords:||Libraries, Archives, Translinguistic Qualities, Reading Psychology|
Head of Technical Services, Mark Twain Archivist, College Archivist, Gannett-Tripp Library, Elmira College, Elmira, NY, USA
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