Physical Media versus Digital Media 

2012 -Technology Report by Douglas Atkinson & David Narciso

Physical Media versus Digital Media 2012 -Technology Report

By Douglas Atkinson & David Narciso

  • Release Date: 2012-11-27
  • Genre: Social Science
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oday, libraries are facing challenges which were largely unanticipated even ten years ago. The very premise of storing information on physical media is now being seriously challenged, and every single commercial entity whose business model is based on physical media can see the end of the road. Generations of humans are growing up accessing the majority of their content in virtual form, while being simultaneously habituated into thinking that all such content is free.

So the big question, the question that librarians first started asking around about 2007, is: When will digital media supplant physical media as the   dominant form of information storage and delivery?