Curious about the Future of Libraries?

There’s nearly always something about libraries in the news.  This article stood out because librarians are often asked what we think about the future of books, reading, and libraries.

A New York Times opinion piece asks “Do School Libraries Need Books?”  The article offers a variety of viewpoints – not at all limited to school libraries – from a school headmaster, an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, a former high school English Teacher, and a couple of authors concerned with life in the digital age.

Here are a couple of excerpts that may provoke reflection about college students and reading:

“…knowledge is proximate. In the digital world, that proximity is less about geographical locale than about licensing, digital rights management, and affordability; but all the more reason for students (and teachers) to know that not everything is always within reach of a mouse.”

“The digital natives in our schools need to have the experience of getting lost in a physical book, not only for the pure pleasure but also as a way to develop their attention spans, ability to concentrate, and the skill of engaging with a complex issue or idea for an uninterrupted period of time.”

“…the fact that books are not connected to the electronic grid is becoming their greatest asset. They’re a space apart, a private place away from the inbox where we can go to quiet our minds and reflect.”

Read the article and add your comments here.


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