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News - February 10, 2012

School libraries embrace digital age

Even with iPads and videos, the demand for printed page remains strong

by Chris Kenrick

Students at Gunn High School recently used the "green screen" in the school library to make a video of themselves disguised as cells moving through a human body.

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Posted by Library Fan, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

Our HS Librarians rock! Not to mention the Elementary School ones as well... We are so fortunate to have all of them in our district.

Posted by PA Parent, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Library Fan - I agree. Palo Alto is lucky to still have teacher librarians. They're all awesome!

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Who better to teach computer use than librarians?

Posted by A Gunn parent, a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

We've got too much digital/internet things,including in the library. Some students spend much time at the Gunn lib, simply playing games. This is definitely not good. I hope that games are not allowed in the library, and our librarians would help to enforce the rules.

Posted by Sol, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:04 am

The librarians are signing their own exit cards with this one. Digital libraries dont exist buddies. It can be done from home. Next step will be they just become computer lending libraries and the stuff is all downloaded. As for having a spot for kids to play games and ignore one another. My daughter says that is all they do.

Posted by paly parent, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

Having been in the Paly library frequently, I can tell you that kids do everything there from working on homework and group projects to (horrors) checking Facebook. The librarians help the kids with research, actually teach whole classes of kids brought to the library by their english or history teachers, provide quiet places to work, copies of textbooks, noisy places to work, printers and computers for kids who don't have them or just want to work at school, they give advice on books to read, topics for essays, research source, etc.

Mrs. Kellerman has turned the Paly library into a welcoming place for learning and just for hanging out. We want our students to feel comfortable and welcomed at their school.

Posted by susie, a resident of Meadow Park
on Feb 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

My son tells me they mainly play games and check facebook pages, or buy games online.

I think this was an bad idea to try to employ the librarians who will be lucky to survive the shift to online books. The libraries will not be around in 5 years. So instead they wanted to find a reason to keep the space "happening." But instead by opening up the whole school to online learning they may keep the librarians but make the teachers obsolete! These kids are too easily tempted to do the wrong thing.

How about kindles not Ipads. That is a substitue for books not comics and tv and DS's.

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