Saturday, December 26, 2009

No More Books in the School Library

So a library at a small private school in MA is getting rid of their books.  All of them.  Woa.  This is interesting.  It's perhaps the first library in the country to do it.  Kindles and laptops will house all their books now.  I was intrigued by one of the quotes by the executive director of the library:
In order for librarians to do a good job, an exceptional job of focusing on online resources, they really need to move away from some of the other priorities they've had in the past.
Thoughts?  Outraged?  I'd be interested to hear.


Liz Kostandinu - Plum said...

Understanding the importance of, easy access to, and preference for many to digital media is one thing, but shouldn't there be a balance? Why does it have to be one or the other? This trend, coupled with schools inability to show children how fun reading can be makes me sad both as a parent and a librarian.

Lindsey said...

Love that photo :)

Rania said...

I agree with Liz, it makes me sad. I also think that art books and great illustrations just do not look as good on a monitor.

Jessica Hoptay said...

I have a friend who was applying for a position as a Library Media Specialist with a charter school in Pittsburgh. He was taken aback in the interview when the school's director informed him that the library was a physical space in which they had no intention of placing books. At all. Ever. They wanted computers and electronic resources only because, "No one needs or reads books on paper in this day and age." ! Wow.