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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

How can school libraries use E-Readers?

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.



Michelle at Clover Hill Book Reviews said...

Sounds like your school is really forward thinking and trailblazing! I can't help but wonder if it's heralding the end of musty touchy feely books as we know it though.

A topic to watch I think, and well done to the school! Good luck in finding what you need.

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

This is a great topic for discussion, but e-books in schools are a novelty for me, although I've stumbled upon a few articles that show how e-books in school are becoming a widespread phenomenon. Sadly, I don't have an opinion about this yet, as this really is a novelty for me, and I also don't have any good solutions to offer, but I did find a few good articles that might help you. Unless you've already read them.:) I hope they give you some ideas. According to these articles, it seems e-books in schools save money in the long run.

1. http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/articles/2010/09/10/92944860/index.xml

2. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/110406dnmetebooks.3255a88.html

3. http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/e-book-use-in-school-libraries/ (this one doesn't refer to Kindle or Nook per se, but points out some benefits of e-books)

Christina/Book Addict said...

My school library has a few and the students have to sign a waiver before signing out a Kindle. The waiver basically holds them responsible if something happens, etc. The Kindle holds a ton of books, but I am not sure what the librarian's policy is if a student wants to download a particular book. I could ask her if you are interested. I know the kids love to use them when we are at the library checking out books. They love them! Good luck!

Becky said...

Michelle, it is definitely not the end of books in paper format. Do not fear! I think it is just another string to the bow of libraries. I shall cover this more in depth I think as I put together a report for work.

Irena, these links were brilliant. I used one of them to formulate many arguments in my report. Thank you so much for contributing. It is very much appreciated.

Christina, any further info you can provide on how your library is using them, would be so brilliant. Feel free to email me! x

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Oddly enough I ran across this and thought you'd like to read...