Ignite Session: Ebooks Must Replace Paper Textbooks, and Librarians Must Lead the Charge
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Ignite speakers present for exactly 5 minutes, accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, with slides advancing automatically. This is one of six Ignite sessions in this time slot.
As the costs of education at all levels continue to spiral out of control, textbooks (and schoolbooks of all kinds) in electronic format could provide a way for both students and educators to reduce their out-of-pocket expense. Such books are also more convenient to use and more durable than paper books. This presentation is a call for school, academic, and public librarians to take the lead in making electronic texts available as an option for students. There are many complicated problems to be resolved, including issues related to hardware, software, intellectual property, the rights of authors, education policy, and teaching strategies. But the expertise of librarians, and their commitment to service, make them the people best qualified to confront these issues.