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Digital Futures Forum 2010

How are e-readers and other technology changing the role of the library? Two experts tackled that question and more during the AU library’s Digital Futures Forum, Nov. 16. Joan Lippincott, associate executive director, Coalition for Networked Information, and Tom Scheinfeldt, managing director, Center for History and New Media, and history professor, George Mason University, shared their insights with more than 100 students, faculty, and area librarians during the annual event.

Lippincott suggested that faculty collaborate with students to produce digital content; students can provide the technical expertise, she said, while faculty can produce the content. Faculty can also challenge students to locate and to use digital content in research projects.

Scheinfeldt, meanwhile challenged the practice that researchers must access the data they want via a library’s Web home page. He supported the concept that libraries need to deliver content directly to the Web sites in greatest use by researchers. This revolutionary concept is challenging libraries’ traditional concept of information organization. Visibility for content is what matters most, he said.

During a reception after the event, attendees enjoyed a “petting zoo” of electronic devices, including a Kindle, Nook, and iPad. One lucky audience member went home with a free iPad.

Food for Fines
For the last 15 years, the library has partnered with the AU community to provide food for those in need, while giving people a break on their library fines. This year the tradition continues with all donations going to the Capital Area Food Bank’s Kids Café. Accepted items include:
Canned food
•    Canned fruits (without corn syrup), 8 oz.
•    Canned vegetables, 8 oz.
•    Canned pasta (like ravioli), 8 oz.
•    Soup (especially chicken noodle or tomato), 8 oz .
•    Canned tuna, 6 oz.
•    Canned chicken, 6 oz.

Boxed/dry food
•    Rice dishes, 7 oz. box
•    Plain rice, 32 oz. bag
•    Macaroni and cheese, 7.25 oz. box
•    Granola or cereal bars, six count box ($4 off fines)
•    Oatmeal packets, 10 count box ($3 off fines)
•    Peanut butter (no hydrogenated oils/trans fats), 18 oz. jar or larger ($4 off fines)

Each item is worth $1, except where indicated. The weights listed are minimums. Only food from the list will be accepted, and you can only pay off up to $20 of your AU fines with food. Food for Fines ends on December 29, so take advantage of this opportunity before it’s too late and help D.C. kids in need.