May 26, 2011

Are School Libraries Obsolete?

"Are school libraries obsolete? 
Sent to the Los Angeles Times (May 24)

Those who think school libraries are obsolete might consider the results of a Scholastic-Gates Foundation poll, given to 40,000 teachers, published in March, 2010. One question was: Where do your students get books for their independent reading most often? Select all that apply.

The winner: School libraries. Teachers reported that 80% of high school students, the group least dependent on school libraries, get reading material from school libraries. In contrast, 35% get books from retailers and 46% from public libraries.

Will e-books take over? To compete with the library as a source of books, e-book readers and e-books need to get cheap enough for everyone to be able to buy, use, and replace. Kindles now cost over $100, e-books about $10, and there are restrictions on sharing. Little wonder that only 7% of adults read e-books (NY Times, 10/14/10) and they are an affluent group (Mediamark, 12/1/2009).

Stephen Krashen"

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Michael Taylor said...

The whole availablilty issue is why I like real books. Also not having to worry about batteries and software upgrades, etc.

I used to wander the library in high school just to find something that peaked my interest and then just sit down and read it. It's interesting what you can learn when you don't start out to learn anything specific.

Jim Randolph said...

I like 'real' books. And audiobooks. And ebooks. (I guess I'm affluent, heh heh.)

But yeah, I love to wander library and bookstore stacks and just come across cool stuff.