Learning Chinese (part 7): The roles of the digital library and online education resources versus traditional library.

EC&I 831 is nearing to an end, I have learned so much about how online resources and social media play the roles in educating students and adult learners in 21st century. However, the other day I read about this article “The next step in librarianship: Is the traditional library dead?“, the author discussed about the relationship between online learning resource and traditional library, and this article had me reflect on the belief that the information technology revolution has destroyed traditional libraries.

From the start of my learning project, a lot of my research on learning resources are from the Internet. I can feel that I depend on the Internet so much that sometimes I forget the traditional library. Sometimes I miss the old days where I usually sat in a quite corner at my University in Vietnam, with no electric gadgets, no laptop, just me being busy with tons of book on the table. However, I can see at most of the libraries that I had chances to visit, the present of computers are increasing, this can be the results of the high demand of the patrons to access to digital resources. Libraries have really undergone a transformation from a manual system to a technologically-driven system. Comparing with traditional library, digital library and online learning resources have  made acquisition, storage and retrieval of information cheaper, more efficient, and faster. However, in term of cultural role, traditional library is still irreplaceable. I will address more of this issue in my summary of learning.

At the University of Regina, I feel privileged when I have the free access to the University’s library system. When I typed “Cantonese in the search box, there were 66 results on books that help facilitate my learning.


I decided to check out some of them and found this one which I think suitable with my Cantonese level. Fortunately, it is a digital book and I got free access to it with my UofR account.


I also got these books:


As the course is nearing to an end, I might not document my learning progress anymore but I just let you all know that I will stick with these books and resources as I continue with my learning. I will try to spend at least 8 – 10 hours/ week. Hopefully, until Summer next year, I will be able to reach the initial goal I set for learning this language: be able to communicate with locals when I travel to Hongkong. I just can’t wait for this trip.



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