Do School Libraries Need Books?

This is a question that always fuels heated debate between stakeholders, and recently the NY Times decided to re-ignite the debate. This time we have a school principal, a school library media specialist,  an English professor, and two authors weighing in with their opinions.

Given recent concerns about cuts to US funding to school libraries, this debate could either support or crucify one’s argument.

It’s certainly gained much attention across teacher librarianship circles worldwide as well as the broader information and education communities – just do a Google search for starters! And after this latest tussle dies down, it will be re-fuelled again, so best you get your arguments for/against developed so you can be prepared for the next wave!

I think this argument is particularly pertinent for our new MEdTL and GradCertTL students at CSU who are studying ETL401 and ETL503. Please feel free to share your opinions on this debate here.

5 responses to “Do School Libraries Need Books?

  1. perhaps highlighting google scholar search, and other technology companies plans to digitize published works might be better than just a google search. I think the key to the arguement is “published work” as opposed to “web based”.

  2. Have you seen this?
    http://distlib.blogs.com/distlib/2010/02/embedding-chat-widgets-within-ebsco-databases.html
    I’m wondering whether this would be a good addition to the library databases at CSU?

  3. Hi Dave, the Google link provided in my post includes a search string so readers can click on this link and view the range of comments made out there in ‘the cloud’ by stakeholders and observers alike specifically related to this NY Times article.
    You are most welcome to share some ‘scholarly’ references to support your argument as to whether “school libraries need books”.

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  5. Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definately be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment.

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