- Google's head of community affairs, Matt Dunne, delivered a lecture titled "Google and Learning in the Digital Age" at Dartmouth Tuesday.
- During the lecture, Dunne pointed to the vast amount of information available to students today through the Internet as he suggested that education must adapt to assist students in analyzing these vast resources, adding that libraries also have a role to play in making those resources available to the community at large.
- Along with the abundance of information available to modern students, Dunne also highlighted how the ability to store information in the cloud has greatly reduced the cost of computers and hardware since less physical storage is required.
Dunne makes a good point when he says that the average student today is presented with more information than the Reagan Administration did during its time in office. Librarians can be just as important as teachers in helping students learn to better evaluate these sources, especially when you consider the statistics presented in a recent infographic from Jones e-Global Library. Thanks to technology, students have never had more opportunities to learn, but education must adapt more to put those opportunities where they can be reached.