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Charleston Library Conference 

Aug 16, 2021

Today's episode features a conversation with David Durant. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference. 

David Durant is Associate Professor and Federal Documents and Social Sciences Librarian at East Carolina University. He has a Master of Science degree in library and information services from the School of Information, University of Michigan, and an MA in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated from Library School in 1999 and has been at East Carolina since then.  David began his career as a reference librarian and then moved on to collection development as well as being the Federal Depository Program Coordinator.

David wrote the very first Charleston Briefing titled "Reading in the Digital Age '' six years ago summarizing the debate over the perceived benefits and perils of reading in print versus digital formats. He does believe that there are differences in the types of reading fostered by print and digital formats. David believes that we need to stop thinking about a world in which we have only print or digital formats and that we need to integrate both formats into our planning to meet the needs of the full spectrum of readers and types of reading.