School libraries in Palo Alto embrace digital age Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Feb 10, 2012 at 9:27 am
As technology spawns a profusion of student options for researching and completing school projects, Palo Alto's two high school libraries have remade themselves into gathering spots not just for reading and researching but for watching, playing and creating. Related story:
[Web Link Principals welcome electronic devices]
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Posted by A Gunn parent, a member of the Gunn High School community, 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 the College Terrace neighborhood, 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 the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, 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 the Meadow Park neighborhood, 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.