Emerging trend toward bookless libraries in a digital age

“The last time a student at Archbishop Wood High School borrowed Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was 1997. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island has fared even worse: No student has checked out the adventure novel since 1991. It could be they are simply dated and unappealing to today’s high school students, or it could be because they are, well, books in an age of proliferating digital information. Either way, these titles may not be on Archbishop Wood’s shelves much longer: By the end of the school year, the number of volumes in the school’s library will be whittled from 47,000 to about 1,000 to make room for a new bank of computers, projection equipment, and collaborative space.”

via The Inquirer

One Response to “Emerging trend toward bookless libraries in a digital age”

  1. Margaret Leary
    January 23, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    This is so out-of-context as to be almost useless except as a small fact. The basic unanswered question is: what else has changed in this particular school?
    Is the school providing more print books than it did in the past?
    Are the titles cited no longer required reading where the once were?
    Does the school have an arrangement with another library–another school, a college, or a public library–for access to books?
    And, reducing the number of print books to accommodate technology is hardly news–it is happening in all knds of libraries. However, the printed book is NOT going away. See the Pew research report sent out by OCLC in the last day or so.

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