Thanks. Sensei definitely amassed a tremendous collection of martial arts books and tapes and knew the contents of his library well. He had moved toward a much more self directed approach to learning, an approach that very much required the support of family to keep the novice on track. While the concept of the import of the family in the development of the martial artist in the dojo is a common one and was definitely something those of us who 'grew up' in Sensei's schools experienced, it is much more difficult to implement when your students are spread to the winds. The mentoring concept definitely provides an answer. It provides a more personal contact between the student and a much more knowledgeable member of the school.
While technology has diminished the need for a library in the school there is no substitute for the support of the dojo or a mentor to foster continued development.