Agree, access from a distance seem to be on everyone’s mind. Been wondering about the def of “distant user.” Many of the graduate students I serve truly live at a distance including other countries. In that case digital content is really the only way to go. But what about the traditional undergrad living in a dorm across campus? I’ve been wondering what percentage would prefer digital content even when physical materials are easily available.
Robin: good point. I like to be as expansive as possible about “distant” users. We don’t know the reason someone may not be able to come into the library. I think we should meet them wherever they want us to be, regardless of whether they are in a traditional “away from campus” course. Let them decide what distant means.