Subscriptions to digital books have replaced the real thing in a Massachusetts school library.
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This story from NPR is a very interesting one, it discusses a boarding school in Massachusetts that has completely renovated its library and took out all the books. Instead the students can access the books online through kindles or laptops. The Dean of Academics at the school, Suzie Carlisle, states that "Part of our desire to move in this direction is to meet the students where they are most comfortable," Carlisle says. "And it's our responsibility as well to help students understand the emerging technologies that they are going to be faced with." I think this a very interesting approach to updating libraries. As a book lover I find it very sad that there are not physical books within the school, but I can absolutely see where this school is coming from. Technology is a huge presence in everyday life and I think libraries typically get a bad and usually incorrect reputation for trying to stick to old fashion techniques. I appreciate this school’s appreciation of libraries enough to spend such a large amount of money to keep it up to date. The school is clearly able to afford this large transition and apparently it has really spiked the interest of students, “Headmaster James Tracy says Cushing's change has already upped the library's circulation numbers. He says having access to the content of books is what's important for students, and the format doesn't matter.” I think making such a huge switch from tradition books to online books is definitely a very different approach and an interesting one to look at. This story has confirmed my ideas of how necessary a school library is but has opened up different ideas of how to utilize libraries. The executive director of the library states that "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," Corbett says. "And managing a large print collection is a lot of work." The idea of librarians helping their students with technology is an opinion I have been expressing in many of my insights and it is good to see someone support this view. Overall I think that if this library works for its schools students then it is a great change. Getting rid of all the books may have been a little much, I do not believe that it necessarily the right move for all school libraries to make and it definitely is a feasible one for many to make but perhaps other schools could find a better medium that works to help their libraries stay relevant and helpful with their student’s needs.