From staff reports TRENTON — The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, which...
“The findings show that New Jersey school libraries and school librarians contribute in rich and diverse ways to the intellectual life of a school, and to the development of students who can function in a complex and increasingly digital information environment,” said Dr. Ross Todd, lead researcher in the study and CISSL director.
Rina Hadziev and Colleen Stewart were prepared for the post-holiday onslaught of ebook requests, but even the veteran Victoria librarians were taken by surprise this past Boxing Day.
"But even though the demand for ebooks is exploding, the supply isn't. The majority of major publishers in North America will not sell ebooks to libraries.
For example, library users can't download Steve Jobs's biography. It's published by Simon and Schuster, and they will not sell ebooks to libraries. You can download the Stieg Larsson trilogy at the library, but not the new Stephen King - different publishers, different rules."
The number of school libraries building electronic stacks is increasing in the past few years.
“I think librarians are in favor of anything that gets students reading,” said Margaret Sullivan, regional director for the Missouri Association of School Libraries and president of St. Louis Suburban School Librarians Association. “What we just want to make sure is that every student has access to technology, because some students might not have that at home.”
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