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.