At work I have been offered some money to purchase E-Readers for the school library. Obviously, this is very exciting and it is great that my school are proactive in considering the use of new technologies to promote reading.
The trouble is as yet I have not come up with an effective way to use them. I have been trawling the internet trying to find articles about how other school libraries are using them but I haven't found much.
I have found some research that has shown that they motivate older students but can actually switch off the youngest readers. I can see that an E-Reader would be brilliant for text books as on the most basic level they are so much lighter and you can have as many on there as you like. But the school library doesn't deal in text books. It deals with maybe one or two copies of a book. If I buy one on the E-Reader, I'll have to buy an extra copy for the library. I think this money may stretch to ten E-Readers.
So I throw this question out into the Blogosphere: How can school libraries use E-Readers effectively?
All ideas welcome from librarians, pupils, readers, bloggers and industry professionals! Help me find a way to make this opportunity work for my students. Pretty please!
Oh and if you've read any interesting articles and have the links to hand, please feel free to paste them in the comments.