Surfing the Contours of Consciousness: The Word, the Page and the Screen

By Mark Woodhouse.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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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

International Journal of the Book, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.101-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 877.426KB).

Mark Woodhouse

Head of Technical Services, Mark Twain Archivist, College Archivist, Gannett-Tripp Library, Elmira College, Elmira, NY, USA

Mark Woodhouse is the Head of Technical Services, College Archivist and Mark Twain Archivist at Elmira College in Elmira N.Y. where he has served since 1987. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the Catholic University of America and, in addition to a Master’s Degree in Library Science from The State University of New York at Buffalo, holds a Master’s Degree in Printing Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His essay on Libraries appeared in American History Through Literature 1870-1920 published by Charles Scribner’s Sons/Thomsom Gale in 2006 and he is a regular contributor to Library Journal. His poetry has appeared in The Gettysburg Review as well as in other literary magazines.


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