I agree with Mary about the wonders of technology and the advantages of
quick and cost effective distribution. However, we must constantly be aware
that there are still people who don't have access to the internet or
CD-compatible computers on a consistent or even occasional basis. These
people include teachers in urban and some rural areas where there is only
one computer per school and that is in the media center. Our constituents
in Native American tribal schools where electricity is not universally
available to all buildings and structures have a problem as well. I'm
certain the people on this list could continue with other examples.
When we produce products for general consumption, we do try to cut costs
and use technology in the ways that it can be advantageous to us. But we
also keep in mind that some of our constituents will need the hard copy
version, even if that means we must pay more postage and printing costs.
Sometimes the most effective way to disseminate materials misses the people
who may need them most.
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