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January 17, 2013

The Death of Library Books

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 4:18 am

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The Death of Library Books

Since the integration of technology into
public libraries and school libraries the
digitization of millions of books, articles,
papers and research materials more libraries
are feeling the pressure of the digital
environment. Offering more e-books and
downloadable digital information. Bexar
County is moving to a library free of books,
but rich with technology.

“We wanted to find a low-cost, effective
way to bring reading and learning to the
county and also focus on the change in
the world of technology. It will help
people learn,” Bexar County (TX, San
Antonio) Judge Nelson Wolff

Many people are comfortable with seeing
rows of books and magazines in the
libraries of today, but soon these may give
way to rows of flat screens and Tablets.
The direction is to fill libraries with
technology not books filled with printed text.
An example may look like an Apple store
with its rows of laptops, flat screens, IPads
and other digital tools that can access
online information and resources.

Schools are slowly changing with the
emphasis on computers and Tablets not
books, allowing students to access millions
of titles in online libraries, databases and
data storage sites. The development of
CBL (computer based learning) is growing
just as that of curriculum development,
educational Apps and instructional standards
to integrate technology.

The benefits of digital libraries are the ability
of students to access trillions of bytes of
multimedia information that is not only read
it is viewed and allows for increased engagement
and ownership to development of content.
The access to e-readers can allow downloads
and storage of e-books to access for later, store
music, apps, pictures and other digital sources
of information. Making information just as
portable as books and magazines.

Beneficial to the public is the chance to be
exposed to technology that would not
normally be exposed to. This provides a chance
to learn how to manipulate computers for
employment opportunities, increased education
job training and writing.

Part of a STEAM team, teaching the Engineering
and Technology areas – Science Technology
Engineering Arts Mathematics in DCPS there
is no option to learn how to use technology it is
imperative for students to understand how to
apply technology to increase skills, preparing
for future careers.
Computers have the potential of analyzing and
categorizing a student’s learning patterns, skills,
talents, strength and weaknesses, this allows for
optimizing the learning process.
Teachers are learning computers allow an extra
dimension in education. Opening doors to new
understanding and interactivity the encourages
creative thinking and collaboration. Learning
is taking place on new levels and students
are growing beyond consuming information.
The ability to apply for high paying technology
jobs comes in the increase of skills. Some of the
best paying jobs in the world are in IT. Children
need to be encouraged and inspired to move in
the direction of IT and Project Management.

Students will have opportunities to use new technologies
to learn how to gain literacy strength and build
comprehension skills that are vital to reading and
understanding.
Parents will have the chance to improve their
learning that benefits the whole family. A family
that reads has a closer cognitive bond and values
education more. Moving in the direction to
increase their learning, applying for higher paying
jobs and volunteering in their communities.

The negative aspects are the availability of training
on how to use technology properly. Reading is
important; an educated community thrives and
grows in many ways, but there must be people
qualified to teach how to use new technologies
and model behaviors that are healthy.

Bridging the digital gap in a community needs
to be addressed by schools, libraries, churches
and other community stakeholders. There are
many people that still prefer books, feel comfort
feeling a book in their hands. They are not
intimidated by books and welcome the soft
pages, portability and “connection” they
have with paper.

Examples of digital libraries can be seen
at the University of Texas, San Antonio where there
are e-books and e-journals. Along with UofT,
Stanford University abandoned their bookshelves
for flat screens. Stanford’s Terman Engineering
Library has over 5,000 e-books and in few years
will have over 65,000. The success of this is
stated by Helen Josephine, Head of the Engineering
library, “It’s available on our network 24/7, so students
can download e-books on their computer and phone.”
As a teacher of over 20 years in public education,
presenting on Social Media, Internet Safety and
Blogging. In this age of digital information school
districts and libraries need to rethink methodologies of
teaching with technology. Provide children
advantages for the workplace, higher education and
careers in the military. The world is truly becoming a
digital world so children must be ready. Families
cannot remain the same in accessing information.
Technology is here to stay and taking people further
with digital content that empowers and engages.

Resources:
Higher Education
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/11/06/library

Nation’s First Bookless Library
http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/nations-first-bookless-library-130114.htm

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1 Comment

  1. Reblogged this on Penny Dickerson Writes and commented:
    Beautiful, Necessary, and On-point. I just had a conversation days ago regarding my love of a hardback and disdain for the idea of a Kindle. A book is relationship driven: we share the same sauce stains, doggie flaps, and heartbeat. I feel the author’s every word with the weight of each page nestled between those thick spines. Reading is sensory, yes. Cerebral, yes, but electronic…that’s for social media. Books baby. Good work William ~ P

    Like

    Comment by Penny Dickerson — January 17, 2013 @ 6:23 am


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