The number of ways in which we can find, evaluate and use an extremely wide variety of digital information is ever increasing (Reference and User Services Association, n.d.). The Association of Research Libraries (2009) notes that: “Digital technologies have opened the door to a host of new possibilities for sharing knowledge and generated entirely new forms of content that must be made broadly available.”
E-journals provide scholars around the world with access to thousands of peer-reviewed journal articles; visual discovery tools like Pinterest give users access to a wide range of visual information, such as graphs and memes; archived websites like Pandora give users long-term access to online material; online news broadcasters are able to give instant updates on breaking news and current affairs on a global scale; social networks sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube allow people from around the world to connect, socialize and share information with others and search engines like Google and Google Scholar make it possible to find all this information in a matter of seconds (The Digital Learning Challenge, n.d.).
Some of the ways in which I found digital information can be shared are visually represented in the Pinterest board I created, which is accessible via the link below.
The video below discusses whether we are receiving too much digital information.
Association of Research Libraries. (2009). The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship: a call to action.
KineticTypography101. (2012, January 11). Digital Junkie – Information Overload [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxfGuZ5Bsgk
Reference and User Services Association. (n.d.) Using Primary Sources. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources
Tecloy. (2012). digital-news [Image]. Retrieved from http://techloy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/digital-news.jpg
The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/media/files/copyrightandeducation.html#TOC