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"The Paperless University: Myth or Reality" -- panel discussion, 2-21-07

Coordinated by Dawn Eckenrode, Kerrie Fergen Wilkes, Darryl Coleman and Elise Torre of Reed Library.

This panel discussion focuses on the effect changing technologies are having on the traditional landscape of higher education. The panel featured talented members of our campus community and the larger SUNY community, including: Educational Technologist, Janet Mayer; Professor Michael Jabot from the College of Education; Distinguished Teaching Professor Ted Steinberg, and Ken Fujiuchi, Emerging Technology Librarian at Buffalo State College. The panel discussion was moderated by Kerrie Fergen Wilkes.

Panelists, left to right: Ken Fujiuchi, Dr. Michael Jabot, Dr. Theodore Steinberg, Janet Mayer

Selected comments from the panelists:
"Today, I can read a 12th century manuscript, but I will have problems reading the brittle pages in the 19th century edition of the same book. What I can't read is the paper I typed on a Commodore 64."
-- Dr. Theodore Steinberg, Department of English

"During the fall semester, on our campus alone, 1.8 million sheets of paper went through [SUNY Fredonia] printers and copiers. The trees we used absorbed 10,000 pounds of CO2 in their lifetimes."
-- Dr. Michael Jabot, College of Education

"In Japan people read tech books almost exclusively online."
-- Janet Mayer, Educational Technologist

"The way we use books and paper will change. We will look for information differently."
-- Ken Fujiuchi, Emerging Technology Librarian, Buffalo State College

Recorded by Ryan Laurie and Jonathan Woolson on Feb. 21, 2007 at 4:00 P.M. in the Japanese Garden area of Reed Library at SUNY Fredonia.