These are my thoughts posted on the Topic 2 forums for this week:
In response to the topic 2 question on reference materials: I don’t believe we should abandon the idea of reference materials altogether. As others have mentioned I think broadening the definition of reference materials to include such resources as online dictionaries, encyclopedias etc. would be a realistic option. I think the important thing is that the students are using reference materials to gather their background information for research purposes, whether it be in print or online.
I like the idea of a library where everything is for loan. I believe that ‘non-borrowable’ library resources will become a thing of the past, as the students of today and in the future will expect to be able to access information anywhere and anytime.