I've been a part of the real-time collaboration segment of the online learning world for over 10 years. Early on, educators used to say, "Cool demo of that online collaboration stuff. But why do I need to use this again?
Universities and colleges of all sizes are continually investing in audio/visual technology as a means of delivering information to students more cost effectively and by means that instill greater interest and retention.
The role of the campus library is changing, and that change is affecting both the services offered to students and faculty and the space available for collections. Libraries are no longer simply places for research, browsing, studying, and quiet contemplation.